You’re much more likely to get irritation or ingrown hairs if your blade is old or dull so change them regularly. How often? That depends. If you use your razor every other day, change your blade every 3 weeks (sooner or later based on how frequently you shave).
You don’t need to clear your schedule for this, a couple of minutes go a long way. Soaking the skin for around 3 minutes (perfect shampooing time) will hydrate the skin and soften the hairs ready for shaving. Wet hair will cut more easily and with less friction.
Shower gel may do the trick but it’s by no means the best man 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.
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.
Shaving in the opposite direction to hair growth will give you a closer shave but you’re more likely to get irritation. Try not to go over the same area too many times – if your razor is sharp you shouldn’t have to.
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 and dulling the blade. Try not to store your razor in the shower between uses, the wet environment will cause it to rust.
Rinse the area with cool water and pat it dry with your towel – no vigorous rubbing. When you're fully dry, apply a moisturiser (fragrance and alcohol-free formulas, please). Stick to loose clothes to avoid irritation.
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