The Ultimate Shaving Guide

By Mischa Josephs

Ladies, Gentlemen, Newbies and Professionals; we’ve all been there, a blob of shaving foam and razor in hand and that’s it. We get right down to business removing all the unwanted hair, but when we’re done we have nicks, cuts and red bumps all over, and not only does it not look attractive it can often be painful, especially if you have sensitive skin. Now there’s always been the misconception that dads teach their sons how to shave, when actually sons just mimic their fathers and really learn through a lot of trial and error. The same goes for the girls, we don’t have someone in the bathroom with us showing us how to get each nick and crony. Basically we are all just watching ads on Television and YouTube and going with it from there.  For years I suffered with red bumps on my upper leg and a patch of ingrown hairs on my calf, there was a time I didn’t want to shave because of these issues. One day I was fed up and I thought to myself there must be a solution! And after many trials and errors I finally found it. Hint: Exfoliation is key

Step 1: Dry brushing – It’s one of the simplest and most natural ways to exfoliate skin. It aids in clearing clogged pores, and allows your skin to breathe. Dry brushing also helps to reduce cellulite and increases your energy by improving circulation.

Step 2: Hop into a warm shower or bath and allow your hair to soften, which makes the actual shaving process a whole lot easier. 

Step 3: Using a body scrub of your choice, lightly exfoliate all body parts you plan on shaving. In order to get the closest shave, you need to remove any dead skin cells that could clog up your razor or hair follicles, resulting in ingrown hairs. My two go to options for an exfoliator is a DIY coconut oil and baking soda scrub or Annique’s Miracle Tissue Oil body scrub. 

Step 4: Continue your regular washing routine; body, hair, etc

Step 5: Apply shaving foam and using a SHARP razor, shaving with the grain, and thereafter rub the area to feel if there’s any remaining hair and then go over with the razor again. Remember to rinse your razor after every two strokes. 

Step 6: Lightly exfoliate with a scrub, loofa or wash cloth.

Step 7: Using your hands feel over the area to see if you had missed any spots, if you did then reapply shaving foam to that area and go over with your razor. 

Step 8: We’re all done – if you are prone to redness or itchiness do not apply any moisturizes immediately, give your skin a break about an hour or overnight if you are not going anywhere also do not rub with a towel, only dab or air dry. 

P.S. This is my routine, it has been working for me for about 6 months thus far and I have had no issues. Remember not everyone’s skin is the same, what works for me might not work for you but if I was you I would definitely give this a try. 

Mistakes you are making when shaving

  1. Shaving first – your hair is still course and hard, you need to give it time to soften – Shave at the end of your shower routine for best results
  2. Dry shaving – Sometimes you might be in a hurry and think to yourself it will be quick, but then you get a cut and that cut gets infected and it only gets worse from there – Use a cream shave which does not require water, or even conditioner works just as well in a pinch.
  3. Shaving against the grain – It goes against the natural way of your hair growth and while shaving downward might not give you as close a shave it will definitely prevent razor burn and nicks and cuts.
  4. Shaving with a blunt blade – Blades that are not sharp can easily get caught on your hair and end up pulling instead of shaving and therefore causing those red bumps – Always shave with a sharp, clean blade for the most effective shave.

Leave a comment or drop me an email if you have any tips that you use, I would love to hear from you.

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