The thing about hair removal is that unlike other normal activities (like riding a bike, for example), nobody actually ever teaches you how to properly shave. Even once you narrow that down to the beauty world, there are few YouTube beauty influencers posting videos about how to shave your body hair.
The oddest thing about this? Most people do shave – so why not talk about it? If we were to take a guess, most of us probably bought a razor, loaded our legs up with shaving cream, and got to shaving – that's it. But if you're constantly dealing with itchy legs and chasing body hair that seems to grow back in 10 minutes, you might be doing it wrong.
That's why Get The Look is revealing the mistakes you may be making when shaving – and exactly how to fix them.
SHAVING AS SOON AS YOU GET IN THE SHOWER
No matter how tropical your shaving gel may smell or how fresh your razor blade is, shaving's kind of a drag. So why put off the inevitable and save it for the end of your shower? There's a good reason: Letting your skin sit in a wet, warm environment allows for your skin and hair to soften. Softer hair and opened-up follicles (from the steam) make it easier to get a close, clean shave – so you're less likely to feel new stubble later that day.
You might think that when you shave, you can skip your body scrub, which is understandable, considering you're basically scraping off the dead skin cells with your razor. But this is wrong. If you're prone to razor bumps and irritation, you may want to exfoliate the area beforehand to ensure that the hair can come cleanly out. Otherwise, those dead skin cells can clog up the razor blade, which is what causes razor burn. Exfoliating creates a clean, even canvas for you to then remove the hair.
LATHERING UP WITH SOAP
For a smooth shave, body wash isn't going to cut it. Shave gel, foam or cream may seem unnecessary, but it's vital to get a close shave and minimize bumps and redness.
KEEPING YOUR RAZOR IN THE SHOWER
Not only can keeping your razor in a moist environment rust the blades, it also increases your risk of bacterial or fungal infection. After you shave, rinse your razor well with warm water, pat it dry with a towel, and stash it in a spot where it won't get wet.
THINKING MORE PRESSURE MEANS A CLOSER SHAVE
Less is more when it comes to the amount of pressure you're applying on your razor. You might be tempted to press down hard to get each and every hair, but it's actually making things worse. The harder you bear down, the more uneven the skin surface becomes, because you're essentially creating dimples where the blade falls. That makes it prime time for nicks and even missed patches, since the razor isn't evenly slicing away the hairs.