Removing hair usually results in red bumps, burns, and rashes. What are some of the most effective techniques to help you remove hair easily and painlessly while leaving your skin smooth?
- Cleanse the skin prior to shaving.
The nasty red bumps you see on your skin after you shave are usually the result of infected pores. Before you shave, make sure to take a warm shower. Warm water opens the pores and removes dirt and other impurities from the skin’s surface.
- Exfoliate properly.
You cannot have smooth skin if you have ingrown hair. Make sure that you exfoliate on a regular basis in the shower.
- Remove dead skin.
Using a natural scrub removes the dead skin. It causes hair to become more visible and easier to shave.
- Choose the right exfoliating scrub.
When choosing an exfoliating scrub, consider your skin type as well as which part of the body you intend to use the scrub for. If you are exfoliating a sensitive area, you have to use a gentle exfoliating scrub.
Choose a brush that has soft bristles for your face. You can also use an exfoliating product that features micro-beads.
Use a sugar scrub for exfoliating the groin area or your underarms.
Use a bath towel made of nylon, a loofah, a sugar scrub, or a scrub brush with stiff bristles for your legs and arms.
- Soften the hair and skin.
When hair removal causes friction, you are like to experience burns and rashes. Prevent or reduce friction by making the skin as soft as possible. You can do this by staying under a comfortably warm steamy shower for about five minutes.
The water will make the skin soft. It opens the pores. The hair will stand erect. This will help you easily remove the hair with an epilator, wax strip, or razor. You will avoid irritating the skin by having to pass over it repeatedly.
- Avoid using soap.
Some people lather their skin with soap prior to shaving. Soap tends to cause dryness. It is better to use products in cream or gel form. They tend to make hair removal easier. They tend to cause less irritation. Gels and cream moisturize the skin better, giving it a silky glide that helps you give your skin a better shave.
- Use high-quality shaving cream.
A substantial layer of good shaving cream minimizes friction. It also lessens pressure.
- Use corn starch.
You can also apply cornstarch on your skin before you wax, sugar, or use an epilator.
- Choose the right shaving product.
A woman’s skin is more delicate and sensitive. Choose a product expressly made for women. Choose a shaver that comes with a round head. A square head typically has sharper edges that may irritate new skin.
- Use sharp blades.
A clogged razor or blunt blades will make shaving difficult and painful. After the fourth shave, throw out your razor blade and use a new one.
- Shave in the right direction.
Make sure you follow the direction of growth when removing hair. Avoid pulling your skin or making it taut. When you cause the hair to break under the skin, you are likely to have ingrown hair.
- Use cold water after waxing.
When you opt for waxing as your method for hair removal, make sure to use cold water for washing the waxed area. Cold water closes skin pores effectively. It stops the entry of bacteria.
- Allow your skin to rest.
When you scrub or scratch your skin after waxing or shaving, you are likely to irritate it. Hair removal tends to cause some tension to the skin. Help your skin recuperate after hair removal. Leave it be for a while. Let the skin breathe freely for some time before you apply the moisturizer.
- Moisturize your skin.
Dry skin is more susceptible to allergies and irritation. Make sure to keep your skin hydrated and moisturized, particularly after you remove hair. You can use a toner that contains witch hazel, aloe vera, or argan oil to soothe, moisturize, and keep the skin smooth and free from infections.
- Choose the right moisturizer.
When choosing a lotion or body cream, choose a thicker formula to use at night when the skin is better able to absorb the moisturizing ingredients. You can apply a cream product that has a lighter formula during the day.
- Opt for natural products.
Many commercial shaving creams and gels use chemicals. Choose natural shaving products.
You can also make these products yourself. You can use sesame oil, sweet almond oil, or coconut oil as homemade natural shaving creams.
- Keep your razors clean.
Make sure that your razors are always clean and free from debris. After shaving, put your razor under a running stream of hot water. Use a toothbrush to remove gel or shaving cream and hair from the razor blade. These steps will ensure that the blade stays sharp and clean far longer.
- Choose the right time for laser hair removal.
Experts recommend that you go for laser hair removal during winter. It is not advisable to use laser to remove hair from skin that has been recently suntanned. If you have light skin, allow one month to pass after your tanning. If you have dark skin, wait for at least a couple of months before going for laser hair removal.
- Consider your hair type before opting for laser hair removal.
Laser works best on thick, dark hair types. If you have fine, light, or gray hair, you may not be a good candidate for this particular hair removal technique.
- Use a soothing cream after treatment.
Laser hair removal usually results in a slight swelling or edema in the hair follicle area. Make sure that you use a soothing cream with anti-inflammatory properties to soothe your skin.