If you choose to remove body hair, there are plenty of options, from shaving and waxing to laser and epilation. If a razor is your hair removal weapon of choice, you may find our shaving hacks helpful.
Shaving is a popular hair removal option as it is cheap and easy to do in your own home. This method does come with drawbacks however; it can leave you at risk of skin irritation, ingrown hairs and cuts.
To avoid these common shaving pitfalls, try the following hair removal hacks:
Shaving does have a natural exfoliating effect, but you’ll reduce the chance of ingrown hairs if you exfoliate the skin before you shave. Try making your own natural exfoliator using one tablespoon of sugar for each two tablespoons of olive oil.
Soaking your legs in water before you shave allows the hairs to absorb water which makes them easier to remove. If you over-soak them however, it can make it difficult to get a close shave. Allow your legs to soak in the bath for a couple of minutes and then shave for best results.
Use a sharp razor
This may sound obvious, but using a sharp razor is a must. Dull razors can pull and twist against the skin, irritating it. Change your razor blade every five to 10 uses and try to avoid going over the same area more than once.
Use baby oil instead of shaving gel
Baby oil (or even hair conditioner) is great to use instead of shaving gel. Not only will you get a closer shave, but you’ll reduce the risk of irritation.
To help calm irritated skin, use a moisturiser after you shave. Coconut oil is a great option as it’s natural, soothes the skin and promotes healing if you’ve cut yourself.
Stop any bleeding
If you have nicked yourself while shaving, an easy way to stop the bleeding is to pop a little clear lip balm on the cut. Ensure your hands are clean and gently dab it over the cut.