With the notion to be hair free seen all over the TV, social media and celebrities it is no wonder that body hair can cause distress to many peoples. Facial and body hair removal has become a trend in itself. For many years now the adverts of women being hair-free have become the norm. However, body hair has its own purpose too it is there on the body for a reason. The science behind this has been forgotten and we now live in a society where being seen with hair is seen as unpleasant and unclean. Therefore, if we are going to remove the hair from our bodies we should do this in an effective way that does not impact our skin barrier function. The skin barrier function helps to keep the oils, sweat and the skin supple looking. When the skin barrier functions get impacted this can disrupt the essential function of the skin.
There are plenty of ways to get rid of unwanted hair. You can get smooth legs, back or intimate areas with a disposable razor, cream wax or electric epilator. Do you know how to shave properly? We will tell you about the most popular mistakes. Aftershave spots, injured skin, strong redness and burning – do you know that? Perhaps you have chosen the wrong method of hair removal, or maybe you are doing it incorrectly. In theory, everyone knows how to shave with a disposable razor, waxing strips, depilatory cream or an electric epilator. However, if these hair removal procedures are carried out incorrectly it can cause problems to the skin
A razor, wax or maybe a cream? How do I shave at home? How do you remove unwanted hair from your face or body? Most people buy a disposable razor. It is not surprising – it is easily available and cheap. Shaving, especially when the hair is too thick and dark, doesn’t last long. Unfortunately, the hair is only shortened and not removed with the roots. Therefore, they can grow back even on the day of shaving. Shaving with a razor is also not difficult. Indeed, you do not need a special philosophy, although even with the best intentions or skills, the treatment may end up with slight skin damage.
A very well-known method is also using wax strips. These should be warmed up between your hands, stuck to the skin and torn off quickly. Unfortunately, this is a very painful method because it tears out the hair with the bulbs. However, many people appreciate this method for its effectiveness. Some people reject it right away, not only because of its soreness, but because of its irritation. Hair removal creams often cause reddness of the skin and allergies due to the perfumed and chemical they contain. Whilst waxing removes the hairs from the root of the hair, hair removal creams are very similar to shaving as they do just remove the from the surface if the skin. Similar to shaving the hair removal creams can irritate the skin as sometimes they are left on the skin too long or can even cause an allergic reaction.
An epilator may also be an interesting solution. This device is equipped with blades that rotate very quickly, catching the hairs at the base and tearing them out with the root. The epilator tip is not always the same. Each model has a different shape depending on the type and, of course, the manufacturer. Some electric epilators have special attachments, such as cooling attachments, to reduce the pain of shaving. However, you should not count on the fact that it will be a completely painless method. Unfortunately, this technique causes quite a lot of discomfort, especially in people with a low pain threshold.
How do I shave on my face and other parts of my body? Check the most common mistakes. Although shaving (removing hairs from the surface of the skin) or epilating (getting rid of hair and roots) may seem simple, it is easy to make a lot of mistakes when doing this type of operation.
Shaving is quick and easy can be done in a hurry. However shaving too hasty can end up in a very negative way. It is then easy for cuts, and even serious skin damage. In some cases, spending too little time and attention turns out to be very ineffective. Take, for example, waxing strips. If you warm them up for too short, and break them too early after sticking, you most likely won’t get rid of unwanted hair, and if not to a satisfactory extent. When using a disposable or electric razor, also spend a lot of your time and attention. And all this to not only get the desired effect, but also not to damage the skin.
Soap instead of shaving foam. There are a lot of shaving products in stores for a reason. In this case, they are not just the product of a marketing strategy. They will help you shave effectively without irritating your skin. Unfortunately, many people consider foams or gels to be unnecessary products and instead use, for example, bath gels and even ordinary soap. Remember that such products can dry out the skin even more (and then it becomes irritated or even damaged more quickly). Body cleansers can also stick to the razor blades, causing them to stick together. Then shaving will be difficult. Also, remember that shaving products are primarily designed to soften the hair. When they are dry, they will be thin and therefore difficult to cut.
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0Blunt blades. A disposable razor, the most commonly used accessory for removing unwanted hair, as the name suggests – it is disposable. Few, however, take this fact seriously. Shavers are used several or even a dozen or several dozen times. It is very dangerous. A lot of bacteria can settle on the blades, which can lead to infection. Over time, the razor, or actually its blades, become dull. Then shaving becomes less and less effective. The same goes for electric shavers – these are obviously not disposable, but that doesn’t mean the blades don’t need to be replaced regularly. The blunt ones not only make the task difficult, but can damage the skin as well.
Dirty razor. Do you use disposable razors? Throw each one out at a time, or buy the one with the replaceable blades. Using dirty shaving accessories is a very bad idea. It may result in irritation or infection, especially if you keep the blades in a damp place (e.g. near a bathtub). It is an ideal habitat for the growth of bacteria. The razor, regardless of its type, must be in a dry place. It also cannot be dried with the blades pointing downwards. This can lead to rusting.
Shave against the grain. How to shave in intimate areas? Of course with the hair. These are very delicate places that require special treatment. We allow against the grain for other parts of the body, which is a mistake! How to shave with a razor to minimize the risk of irritation? Regardless of the part of the body – it’s best to do it with the hair. Especially when the skin is very delicate and sensitive. The intimate area needs more care and attention, as any nips or cuts to this area will be very painful. Shave using a clean and new razor. Keep a separate razor packet for the intimate area, invest in the best razors on the market for intimate areas.
Lack of preparation. Each method of shaving or hair removal requires preparation. It is worth reading a few guides and performing training, e.g. on a small, hardly visible part of the skin. Test a small areas to see how your skin reacts to depilatory creams and whether it “likes” the razor. There are some hair removal creams that may react with hyour skin similar to razors. The metal on the blades may react to your skin. To start with, do it slowly, carefully and with the hair. It will do it more efficiently over time, and you may even decide to shave against the grain. Take your time to avoid serious irritation, which is just one of the mini-consequences of not shaving properly.
Lack of after-shave care. Shaving alone is not enough. Not everyone remembers about the appropriate completion of the entire process. It’s a good idea to rinse your shaved skin with cold water to help close the pores and most likely prevent the problem of ingrown hairs. You will also need to use soothing cosmetics. In stores, you will find a lot of lotions, e.g., with aloe in the composition. Reach for the high-quality ones.
Regularly hydrate the skin and exfoliate the skin 1 to 2 times per week to help desquamate the skin. This will help remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin.
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