Shaving is a personal choice. It is not necessary for anyone to shave (there’s no medical evidence saying it’s proper or more sanitary). However, many people remove hair from their bodies for comfort, aesthetics, fun, or sexual, cultural, or religious reasons. Hair removal has a long history. It did not (contrary to several rumors I’ve heard floating around) originate in America or with prostitutes.
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.
Among the many methods of hair removal (waxing, depilatory creams, electrolysis, epilators and lasers), shaving is the most popular. This is probably due to the fact, that it is inexpensive and convenient. Most women shave their underarms, legs and bikini line. However, redness, cuts and burns are a common outcome of shaving. If you want smooth skin after shaving, here are some good shaving tips for women:
Tools for Shaving:
- Razor, either quality regular kind with disposable heads, or an electric razor
- Shaving lotion, gel, or foam
- Warm water, body shaving is best done in the shower or bath
Shaving Tips for Women:
- 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.