Many women dread the return of summer, when their leg-shaving skills (or lack thereof) are put on display. Women with sensitive skin may have a very difficult time finding a way to shave comfortably and avoid nicks, cuts and ingrown hairs. Shaving is a personal choice and some women prefer to shave below the knee and some will shave the entire leg, the other areas of the body which a woman may shave include the bikini line, armpits and arms. With a few basic tips and the right equipment, it is possible for a woman to shave her body and not have to deal with the dry skin, itching, irritation bumps and other uncomfortable side effects that can occur from shaving.
The number one shaving tip is to pick the right razor for your skin and body hair types. Disposable razors are likely most popular amongst the ladies and there are a wide assortment to choose between. From the lubricated strip razors to double and triple blades, shop around for the best fit for your legs.
- Do not shave dry skin. Wet your skin and let the moisture soften your skin. Shaving is a natural exfoliator and if your skin is dry, your razor will get blocked with dead skin and you are likely to nick yourself as well.
- Do not waste money by buying creams specially made for women, as they are almost the same as those made for men.
- To find the perfect razor you will just have to use all those available and choose the one that you like best. You can ask your friends who shave to recommend razors. Look for a razor with lubricated strips, pivoting heads and spring mounted multiple blades.
- Exfoliate before you shave to ensure that the dead skin cells do not clog your razor and prevent a close shave.
- For your legs you will have begin shaving from your ankles and then work upwards. For your underarms you will have to shave in every direction as hair grows in every direction under your arm.
- After you have finished shaving apply oil or moisturizer. The skin on your leg has few oil glands and hence may become dry.
- When hair curls back under the skin it caused ingrown hairs. To avoid ingrown hairs exfoliate everyday and use a glycolic acid body lotions.
- If you have a chronic case of ingrown hairs then use a lotion that is specially made for ingrown hairs, that is easily available at the chemists. Apply it in the morning and at night and the bumps will vanish within a few days.
- If you shave your legs coarse hair will grow back fast. Therefore consider waxing your legs at least.
Shaving areas where bone is close to the skin surface, such as ankles and knees, can result in painful cuts and nicks. If you cut your leg while shaving, get out of the bath quickly, as the hot water will increase blood flow. Dab the wound lightly with a styptic pencil. It will sting slightly, but the bleeding will stop. A touch of toilet tissue can also do the trick.