There’s nothing we love more than having freshly shaved, amply moisturized legs. The feeling of smooth skin just gliding over bedsheets or under soft pants is unmatched. Conversely, the rough, prickly skin that happens a few days later is annoying in a way that can’t be topped! If you’re with us in wishing that shaves lasted longer and stubbles would stay away, read on!
Did you know that exfoliating your skin before shaving can help your skin stay smoother for longer? There’s a logical reason for this: Dead skin cells can prevent your razor from giving you a close shave, meaning more hair is left behind, and it grows to the point of prickliness faster. As always, be cautious not to over-exfoliate and cause damage to your skin. You should also leave some time between exfoliating and shaving to avoid irritation.
If you shave in the shower or bath, as many of us do, you should always wash your hair and body first and save shaving for last. The steam and water help to moisten skin, soften hair, and open up hair follicles. This will let you get a closer shave and minimize friction, which means less itchiness, discomfort, and razor bumps. This way, you can let your conditioner have time in your hair while you shave as well.
Use Shaving Cream
Shaving products like shaving creams, gels, foams, and mousses aren’t just to help you see if you’ve missed a spot. They can also help to reduce friction and moisturize your skin as you shave. If you want extra hydration, try using shaving oil, which is designed to replenish the moisture in your skin.
You should always apply moisturizing lotion or body butter after you shave to keep your skin hydrated. When looking for a good moisturizer to use, pay attention to the ingredients. You’ll want to stick to unscented varieties and avoid any irritating ingredients.
Check on Your Blade
A dull razor provides a worse shave, so be sure to check on yours regularly. How often do you need a new razor? It depends on your hair and how often you shave. Generally, you should change it weekly or biweekly if you shave daily. If you shave just twice a week, your razor may last up to six weeks. Also, it’s important not to leave razors in the shower after use, as this can lead to rust and other conditions that will decrease your odds for a close shave (and make it more likely that you cut yourself).
If you love the feeling of sleek, smooth skin, these tips are for you. Try them out to make your shave last longer!