1. Soak

Who knew that you should always wait until the end of your shower or bath to start your shaving process.  Softening the hair will make it easier for each hair follicle to fall into place as you are gliding your razor across your skin. Never shave outside of the shower with no moisture, dry skin will increase your risk of cutting yourself, as we all know these little nicks and scrapes are quite painful.

  1. Exfoliate

This step is most typically missed amongst the shaving population. Did you know that you should exfoliate with a cleanser and loofa before you begin shaving? This will rid the area of dead skin cells that can clog up your razor blocking you from achieving a close shave. It will also help release any hairs being buckled down by old skin cells that can become ingrown hairs.

  1. Using the correct Razor

First and foremost, never use someone else’s razor. This is unhygienic and there is a risk of catching an infection especially since there are times when we bleed while shaving. Also do not forget to change out your razor blades on a regular bases to avoid them become dull.  A razor should glide flawlessly across your skin and not get “stuck”. Look for razors with multiple blades, a pivoting head and is comfortable to hold. Smooth strokes and a steady hand is all that’s needs when you have a good razor.

  1. Shave

You want to make sure you are in a comfortable position while shaving. Keep your balance! We all have experienced the unfortunate slip while standing in the shower with our leg propped up. Have a seat on the edge of the tub if you can. Always start at your ankle working your way up. Never rush and always shave against the hairs natural growth.  Rinse with cool water to help close the pores to avoid irritation.

  1. Moisturize

Always pat dry when hopping out of the shower, instead of rubbing because this can cause irritation. Slather on a moisturizer to help get a smooth silky look. Lotion will sooth your irritated skin helping reduce any itchiness or dryness which often occurs after shaving.

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Dr. Timothy Jochen Medical Director, Contour Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery Center
Dr. Jochen specializes in Mohs Surgery for skin cancer removal, facial rejuvenation including cosmetic laser technology, Botox® and facial fillers, soft tissue augmentation, leg and facial vein treatment, tumescent liposuction and hair restoration/transplants.

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