World | Jan 18, 2022

Shaving: Tips for hair removal with a razor blade

Ategie Edwards

Ategie Edwards / Our Today

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Though shaving is something many of us practise on a weekly basis, there are common mistakes that can attribute to irritation, cuts, bruises and bumps, damaging the appearance of the skin. However, there are a few steps that one can take to help prevent these issues.

Here are a few tips for how to shave the different parts of your body using a razor.

Do Not Use A Dull Razor

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Whether it is your armpits, face, legs or private area, do not shave with a dull razor. A dull razor increases the chances of irritation or burn to the skin.

If the blade begins to pull on your body hair or feels rough on the skin, it is time for a new razor. Similarly, if the blade appears worn out or faded, it is time for a replacement.

Always Hydrate Skin Before Shaving

If the skin is not well hydrated and the hairs on the body are dry, shaving becomes difficult and increases the likelihood of cuts and bruises.

Soaking the legs and bikini line for just five minutes makes a world of difference, softening the hair and allowing the razor to glide more easily. Additionally, taking a shower makes it easier to shave the pubic area and the armpits. Shaving the face is recommended immediately after a shower or during a shower.

Hydrating/showering removes sweat which helps to prevent bacteria from penetrating the skin.

Apply Shaving Gel

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Lathering the skin is recommended when shaving any part of the body. Using the shaving gel aids in retaining moisture, enhances razor glide and also acts as a safeguard from skin irritation. Lathering the skin with the shaving gel also prevents re-shaving as you are able to see areas already shaved.


Face – For the face, shave in the direction in which the hair grows. If you are feeling any sort of resistance, change direction with gentle and light strokes.

Armpits – The hair under the arm grows in all directions, so shaving in one direction might not do the trick. For best results, make short light strokes in all directions.

Legs – The legs require long and steady strokes. Bony areas such as the ankles and knees require greater care when being shaved. In an effort to better shave your knee cap, it is recommended that you bend your knee ro better shave the cap and straighten when shaving behind.

Private Area – If the hairs in this area are lengthy, trimming is recommended. Trimming before shaving will help to reduce the chances of a clogged blade and prevents the hair from being pulled which lessens the likelihood of skin irritation, nicks and cuts. When shaving, make steady strokes in the direction of hair growth.


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Once the shaving process is completed, rinse and gently pat the area with a clean and dry towel.

After, apply moisturiser or oil (preferably alcohol free), this will aid in keeping the area hydrated and prevent the emergence on razor bumps and skin irritation.

If moisturising is practised after shaving, as the hair grows back, itchiness and dry skin is less likely to occur.


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