It’s probably been weeks since you last had a hair or beauty treatment, and with no set date for salons to reopen, you’ve probably resorted to doing the odd treatment on yourself whether t...
It’s probably been weeks since you last had a hair or beauty treatment, and with no set date for salons to reopen, you’ve probably resorted to doing the odd treatment on yourself whether that’s plucking away at your eyebrows, painting your own nails or having to shave as you cannot get a wax. Everyone’s skin is different but if you are having to resort back to shaving, here are some tips which could help!
· Exfoliate your skin
Use an exfoliating mitt or a gentle scrub to lightly exfoliate the area before shaving. This will remove any dead skin and prevent ingrown hairs. Do this a couple of times a week between shaves too but especially just before shaving.
· Shave in the direction of hair growth
Shaving in the opposite direction to hair growth will give you a closer shave but you’re more likely to get some form of irritation. Try not to go over the same area too many times – if your razor is sharp you shouldn’t have to, which brings us onto the next point…
· Use a sharp, clean razor
You’re much more likely to get irritation or ingrown hairs if your blade is old or blunt so change them regularly. If you use your razor every other day, change your blade every 3 weeks (sooner or later depending on how frequently you shave).
· Use shaving foam
Shower gel may do the trick but it’s by no means the best thing for the job. Shaving foam is specifically designed to lubricate the skin to reduce friction and irritation, while shower gel might dry out the skin and coat the hairs making them more difficult to shave.
· Rinse your razor properly
Give your razor a rinse after every stroke and clean it off after you finish shaving. This will stop any leftover shaving gel or cut hairs drying between the blades making the blade less sharp. Try not to store your razor in the shower between uses, the wet environment will cause it to rust. Cover it back up with the plastic cover and leave it in a dry environment.
Rinse the area with cool water and pat it dry with your towel. When you're fully dry, apply a fragrance and alcohol free moisturiser and for the next few hours, stick to loose clothes to avoid any irritation.
18th May 2020