How Often Should You Shave And Are You Doing It Right?
When it comes to shaving, everyone has different habits and routines. While some prefer to shave everyday to keep their skin smooth and hairless like a baby’s bum, others may be lazy to shave all the time. Which leads to the big question – how often should you be shaving?
First things first, hair growth actually takes place below the surface of your skin. Shaving simply means the razor will cut off the tip of your hair that grows above the skin, so your hair will continue to grow even after shaving. But contrary to popular belief, shaving will NOT make your hair grow back thicker or at a faster rate.
And because razors tend to scrap off a layer of your skin cells every time you shave, this may cause your skin to feel dry or irritated easily. But it turns out, your shaving frequency isn’t as important as having the right shaving technique because ultimately, that’s what causes the rashes, dryness, and discomfort in the first place – shaving incorrectly.
So how do you shave correctly? A good technique is to shave in the direction of hair growth, which is the direction your hair goes when it naturally lies flat against your skin. Whether it’s shaving your face, legs, armpits or pubic area, you should start off by shaving in the direction of hair growth. Once you’re done, you can then move the razor across your skin in other strokes to clean up the shaved area.
Another tip to remember is to never shave on dry skin. Instead wet your skin with some warm water and either use some shaving gel or cream to ensure that the razor can glide across your skin smoothly and reduce irritation.
You can also exfoliate your skin before shaving as this helps to get rid of dead skin cells and allows the razor to get closer to the very tip of your hair follicles.
But the most important tip is always hygiene, which means no to sharing razors and no to old razors! When you share a razor, you’re basically exchanging bacteria and even blood with the other user (eww), which can easily lead to infections.
Similarly, because our bacteria, dead skin cells and hair tend to collect on old razors, reusing them too many times will just clog up your razor and cause the blade to feel blunt against your skin, and even cause razor bumps.
So if you’re reading this and you already know you’re guilty of using that six-month-old razor, it’s time to throw it away and get a new one.