Some people notice redness and bumps after shaving, and no one wants that. The reality is you must take certain steps to prevent this problem before, during, and after you shave your skin. If you want buttery-soft skin, you should pay attention to the following tips.
1. Soak up Moisture
One important step is to make sure the area of your body you’re going to shave is moisturized. This means you want to take a shower and stay in there long enough to get that area wet as possible. You could also make this easier on yourself and just soak in a bath for at least five minutes before moving on.
Wet skin and hair are much easier to shave. This also gets you one step closer to that buttery-soft skin you’ve been dreaming of. You’ll be surprised how many people skip this step because they don’t want to jump in the shower or don’t have the time. If you want great skin afterward, then make time to soak for a few minutes.
2. Steam it Up
If you are one of those people who love cold water, that’s nice. It keeps the pores tight, but you don’t want that right now. If you want to improve the chances of having buttery-soft skin, you want to open up your pores.
Steam the bathroom a bit before you shave, or make sure you allow warmer water to soak your skin and hair before the shave. This helps get your skin ready for the shave and reduces the chances of dealing with any kind of irritation.
3. Exfoliate the Skin
Exfoliation is the next thing you want to worry about. All that dead skin and loose hair has to come off before you move on to the great, big shave. You must treat your skin gently during this process.
Scrub your skin but do so gently, almost like you were trying to massage your skin with the scrubber rather than exfoliate. That gentle motion is good enough to exfoliate all that stuff you don’t want on your skin. Keep in mind that exfoliation keeps blackheads and acne away from your skin, so that’s another win. Rinse your skin when you’re done.
4. Trim Away First
You want to inspect the area of your skin you’re shaving. Try to trim down or pluck out any hairs that are too long. Sure, you can shave these longer hairs, but they can make it harder to shave, and that could end up irritating your skin.
If you irritate your skin while shaving, you’re probably not going to enjoy that buttery-soft skin you’ve been dreaming of. Trimming shouldn’t take too long, especially if you shave regularly, but a good inspection doesn’t hurt. Be sure the trimming tool you use is high quality. You don’t want to pull on your hair too much.
5. Getting the Blade Right
A shaving blade doesn’t last more than 10 shaves. If you know you’ve been using your blade longer than 10 shaves, then you know it’s time to get new blades. If you can’t remember the last time you changed the blade, then just get some new ones because it’s better to be safe than sorry.
If you try to use a dull blade, then you’re going to be dealing with irritated skin. You might even have a hard time getting a close cut, the kind of cut that makes your skin soft. Some people even experience drag, and you don’t want any of these to happen because all you need is a new blade.
6. Cleanliness is a Big Deal
Okay, if you have a relatively new blade, that doesn’t mean you should start right away. You need to inspect the blade you’re going to use. If you need to, inspect the steel blade under a bright light to make sure there’s nothing on the blade. These little steel blades can get dirty from time to time.
It’ll still function if it’s dirty, but it won’t be optimal. It might not glide as easily on your skin, and that could lead to skin irritation. All you have to do is inspect it and clean it if necessary. Just be careful when you check it out; these blades are sharp.
7. Using the Right Cream
The shaving cream you use has to be perfect. Do not use anything else but shaving cream. A lot of people, especially when you’re in a hurry, use other products like soap or water. Don’t do this unless you don’t want buttery-soft skin afterward.
The cream helps ensure that your skin is protected when you shave. It makes it easier for the blade to glide over your skin as it should, and that keeps your skin soft. If you don’t have a choice and you’re in a hurry, you can use coconut oil or maybe hair conditioner but nothing else for the sake of your skin.
8. Moisturize Well
All of this is going to be hard on your skin, so you have to moisturize when you’re done shaving. When you’re done, the first thing you want to do is rinse the area thoroughly. Make sure you use cool to cold water to help soothe your skin.
You’re also going to be closing those pores of yours if you use cool or cold water, which is going to go a long way towards making your skin feel soft. You could just get a cloth wet with cold water, and press that on your skin if that’s better for you. Once you’re done with all that, pat dry and put on your best moisturizer. If you use natural moisturizers, then something with honey will work well.
Now, you’ve got all the different tips and tricks that should help ensure your skin feels as soft as you want it to feel after you shave. Don’t skip any of these steps. You’ll get better and used to them as you go along.