Primp Tip: The Smart Girl’s Guide to Shaving

Primp Tip: The Smart Girl's Guide to Shaving

I don’t know about you but I’ve heard so many differing opinions when it comes to getting the perfect shave. Some have said it’s best to do in a cold shower so you get goose bumps to raise the hair, resulting in a closer shave. Others have argued that it’s a job best left for the end of a steamy shower because the hair is softened. Well ladies, the verdict is no longer out. I did some research and put together this guide to ensure you’re shaving the smart way…

Your Ammo

  • The Right Razor: Use a razor with a moisture strip containing aloe, jojoba or acai. I like Gillette Venus. But I’ve heard that Schick Quattro for Women is supposed to be just as good. Since razors dull over time, be sure to replace your razor after every 5-6 uses.
  • Get a Loofa: It will exfoliate your gams as you apply shave gel or cream before shaving.
  • Gel or Cream It: Instead of basic soap, use a moisturizing shave gel or cream. Your stems need all the moisture they can get and gels/creams not only hydrate, they also allow for a closer, smoother shave. Simply Mahvelous Legs Shave Cream by Kiehl’s is great.
  • Bump-Free Lotion: After you shave and pat yourself dry, use an alcohol-free lotion to avoid irritating your freshly shaved legs and those unsightly red “razor burn” bumps. 100% pure Shea Butter is always a good bet.

How to Shave

  • Temp: Warm. Hot water leaches moisture from your skin.
  • When: At the end of your shower. This way your hair and skin will have time to soften.
  • How: Start from your ankles and shave up. You want to make sure you are shaving against the hair growth. As for your underarms, shave at every angle. I have found that shaving up and down and then in an “X” does the trick.

Extra Tips

  • Exfoliate: Since shaving actually exfoliates your skin, only exfoliate your legs with a scrub about once or twice a week depending on how often you shave. If you have particularly coarse hair, it’s a good idea to exfoliate a little more than average.
  • Bump Watch: If you are prone to ingrown hairs, try using a cleanser with glycolic acid or apply Tend Skin after shaving.
  • Wax Perhaps: If you have especially thick hair you might want to consider waxing. Waxing is really great for the bikini area, underarms and lower legs.

Do you have any extra tips to share? Divulge in the comments below. Also, if you have found any great alcohol-free lotions, let me know!

XO Lauren

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  • Deanne Castro

    Great Tips!

    For more fahsion and beauty advice, please visit my blog at:

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    Thanks!

  • The Stylish Student

    This is so useful! xx

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  • Amy Breckenridge

    thanks for the great tips! i like to use st. ive’s oatmeal and shea butter after i shave my legs – it makes them super soft!

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  • Stacie

    Could you also do a post on waxing tips? I’ve done it a few times, and I’ve been getting gradually better, but I could still use some help. Thanks!

  • Rachel Moltz

    I use Tend Skin for razor bumps…works like magic!

  • Melissa Panici

    Thanks for the tips Lauren! I use Olay Ultra Moisture Lotion with Shea Butter. It’s the best!

  • Rachel Trampel

    Love these tips!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing! :) I am definitely going to follow these and get some Tend Skin!

    xoxo,
    Rachel

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  • Larissa Wilhelm

    I use Johnson’s Baby Lotion. It makes my legs so soft and smooth!

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  • Jordan Weaver

    The shaving cream in the linked post is that absolute BEST! And, honey mango, does it get any more delicious!?

    http://nourishandbenourished.com/2011/04/16/a-treat-for-your-skin/

  • Eslem Kraiem

    the only thing that I don’t do is the lotion because I use once a lotion and it make my skin dry I hate it I only use hydratation creme bsed of glycerine or vaseline pure vaseline from the pharmacy there are another creme that all the girl in my family use it after shaving waxing any thing I forgot the name I will check it for you and tell you

  • Kelby Peachey

    I love my Gilette Venus razor. Had it for years and all the new replacement heads are wonderful. My favorite shaving cream is Skintimate Signature Scents Raspberry Rain Moisturizing Shave Gel.

    The Body Works is having a sale on the body butter. I can’t recommend it enough. :)

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  • Stephanie McDonnell

    Wow. This was a lovely topic to read. Many things I didn’t know about something I do daily. Thank you, love.

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  • Kristina Rovtar

    love all these tips, very helpful as always!

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  • Missy

    a really good non scented and alcohol free lotion that works really good to help lock in the moisture is Eucerin Calming Cream. Works really good and its only like $11 for a big bottle of it from usually Target or Walmart or any store like that!

  • Kimmy Peace

    My favorite trick is to shave using baby oil! It makes the hairs really soft! I used to get bad razor burn until I started shaving this way. Now I get really soft and smoothe skin. Just remember to rinse the tub out afterwards! It can get really slick! lol

  • Berenice del Carpio

    I LOVE this tips!

  • HistoryBeauty

    I must be really weird bc I don’t do any of this! I use a cheap BIC disposable razor and that’s it. I shave my legs at the end of my shower and I find that my Dove soap moisturizes my skin enough to shave without any problems. I nic myself maybe once a year.

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  • Gina

    I used to use shaving cream but lately I’ve been using philosophy shower gel. The vanilla birthday cake scent is my favorite. Makes my legs smell really yummy. I would love to try waxing the underarm area, but I’m afraid its going to hurt like crazy.

  • Samantha S

    Just a tip! When shaving your underarms, it’s not a smart idea to shave in all directions. I used to do that, and while it makes it look clean its such a close shave it leaves your underarms susceptible to infection. I spent a week in the hospital, and another week and a half on a home IV, and longer on pill medication due to a staph infection located in my underarm. My doctor reccomends only shaving in one direction to protect yourself!

  • Katja Anni

    Love all those tips! I just use a moisturizing shower cream for shaving and afterwards I LOVE LOVE LOVE either Bio-Oil or organic pure coconut oil. Babyoil is also great. Pretty much every single normal drug-store bodylotion contains some sort of alcohol that stings after shaving/waxing/epilating. But the oils are really gentle and help against red bumps as well :)

  • Krista Gray

    This is great! Don’t miss these fantastic drugstore beauty finds – lotion is essential :)

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  • Amanda Kennedy

    I use hair conditioner as my shave cream. It moisturizes and is cheaper than shave cream!

  • lauren peel

    soo glad you made this post! I tend to get ingrown hairs when I shave my legs and have been looking around for different solutions. I am eager to put the info above into action!

  • Lauren Kachmar

    after i shave i always rinse my legs with cold water. helps to keep the bumps down.

  • Nicole Barraza

    Aveeno shaving cream is amazing! I won’t use anything else anymore. And it is cheaper than the one posted here (which I’m sure is great).

  • Lily P.

    Oh my god,I was actually going to ask you about shaving!Thanks for sharing your tips Lauren,they are really useful :-)

    Every time I shave I use a scrub to exfoliate my legs(which I make with brown sugar,a tablespoon of honey and a little bit of my shower gel which contains coconut milk extra moisturize!)

    The results are awesome because it leaves my skin so smooth and moisturized!

    xo Lilly

  • Deepisha Trivedi

    I’ve always been told to use a razor with more than 2 blades because it is less harsh on your skin and can get even smaller hairs, I’ve also always been told not to shave the bikini area and underarms and to always epilate or get it waxed, so I’ve always done that to prevent shadowing, it is painful, but I guess it’s worth the pain when you have smooth skin without dull patches :)

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  • Kelley {Keep Sitting Pretty}

    Another tip would be to make sure your legs are mositurized (well soaked) to make for a more painless shave! Great tips!

    XO Kelley

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  • Alyssa Marie XO

    Thanks that is soo helpful :) Great tips!

    XOXO Alyssa

  • Michelle LaPorte

    Probably one of my favorite all time posts! Ingrown hairs plague me!!

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  • Liz Caruso

    thanks for the tips! i used to use Cortid after shaving to avoid bumps but now my skin has gotten so used to it that it doesnt work anymore, so i will def be giving Tend Skin a try !

  • Sole Correa

    I use baby oil for moisturizing after shaving or waxing. It doesn’t irritate the skin at all and also smells great. I apply a small quantity on while my skin is still moist so that it doesn’t end up too oily and shiny

  • Javi Mella

    Lauren,

    I currently use wax for legs and other areas. Which option do you think is a way to remove hair?, Waxing or shaving?

  • Chelsea Underwood

    Another tip that I always do is get your razor WET before shaving. In hot or warm water, like Lauren said, is best. Each time I move to a different area (ie: from legs to underarms), I make sure to re-wet the razor.

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  • Emma Felin

    It really helps to lotion your legs RIGHT after you shave… then you get them moisturized while the pores are still open. and sometimes i shave with the grain first and then against the grain, but thats only when I have lots of time.

    loved this post!

  • KP

    For bikini bumps… I read a few years back in a magazine to exfoliate first, then shave. When you get out of the shower apply Secret deodorant to the bikini line to soothe and smooth and youll be bump free. Always works for me!

  • Sarah Osman

    oh my god thanx so very much ,, really helpful

    xoxo

  • Sarah Perreault

    thanks Lauren your tips have been really helpfull, i use to get bumps and it was painfull and not pretty .. so a big THANK YOU!

  • Becca Lily

    A fresh razor definitely makes a huge difference and leaving it until the end of your shower. I use should a good lotion after but I’m still on the hunt for a favorite! :) Helpful tips, thanks for sharing xoxo,

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  • Christina Graci

    Thanks for the tips! After waxing for years, i’ve finally given up and went to laser hair removal. I hadn’t shaved in YEARS, so I had forgotten how! I now have to shave a couple times a month. Laser is genius!

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  • Michelle Glanville

    what kind of body butter??

  • Kia

    For shavers I really liked Nuetrogena Razors. They are amazing and a good deal! I hope they never stop making them! One of my favorite moisterizers are natural ones like Organic Coconut Oil. You can find it it a jar in the cooking oil section (right next to the olive oil) of you local grocery stores like Q.F.C. It’s somewhere around $10 and its great for everything from cooking, to lip balm, to body butter, even making body scrubs. I like to seperate it in two jars. One for cooking in the kitchen and one fore the bathroom for body needs. It’s also really nice to put in a mini container for lip balms ;)

  • Michelle Flanagan

    Makes sense!!! :)

  • Brittney

    Thanks for sharing. I exfoliate with a salt scrub right before shaving in lukewarm water. Afterwards, I use Cocoa Butter or Shea Butter as a moisturizer. Since my skin is dry and sensitive, it cuts down on the bumps and itchiness. Thanks for the extra tips!

  • eat_pray_fashion

    I use conditioner instead of buying shave cream/gel. It moisturizes and is cheaper!!

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    I am always getting a nick here and there and continuously look like I’ve been in a war zone… thank you for the tips.

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  • Sam

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  • Nicole Helms

    If I don’t have a loffa is a scrub brush okay instead??

  • Ashley

    Directed here by one of today’s posts. One tip I have: if you don’t want to use expensive shave gel or cream, purchase a cheap but moisturizing hair conditioner (I use Sauve professional) and smooth that on your legs as you would the other products! I have found it actually makes my legs feel smoother and softer afterwards!
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  • Laura Muggio

    Hey, does waxing hurt? I’ve considered waxing but I’m affraid it will hurt a lot. Also, is it easy to do and how long does a “”wax”” usually last?

  • pink?sugar

    I’ve also heard on the Gillette Venus site that shaving down on your legs, then against the hair gives an AWESOME shave. :) thanks lauren, ur amazing!! ♥

  • pink?sugar

    Yeah, it is. Also, exfoliating gloves do the trick :)

  • pink?sugar

    OMG that is an amazing tip!! Thanks

  • Ashley

    Love these ideas for coconut oil.. thanks for sharing!

  • emily

    Can some of you please weigh in on the best methods/tools for exfoliating your body in the shower? What are your thoughts on clarisonic body brushes vs loofas vs washcloths vs nothing??

    There are almost too many articles on properly exfoliating your face, but I’ve found none on body exfoliation! And what is up with dry brushing?! Help!

  • mS.ELZ

    The best method (that I’ve found anyway) is using exfoliating gloves with a moisturizing body wash (Olay has some really great ones, I like the Olay Body with Mica minerals plus tone enriching ribbons, it brightens as well as softens my skin) and it seems to do the trick, I haven’t had any ingrowns since using exfoliating gloves which used to happen to me frequently and it buffs off any dead skin without being too harsh.. hope this helps!

  • mS.ELZ

    Waxing can be a little uncomfortable (after all, you are pulling a hair out from the root) but after the first 5 minutes or so you get used to it and the more frequently you wax the less uncomfortable it becomes. How long it lasts depends on the pigment and thickness of your hair but on average, about two weeks. Also, for your first time I would advise not waxing the week before your period because your hormones usually peak during this time making it more painful and take an ibuprofen before doing it :)

  • mS.ELZ

    two words: baby oil! lol, its the cheapest and most effective shaving cream I’ve tried… if you wanna smooth your legs as well you can mix in a little sugar to use as a scrub and shaving cream :)

    • Katrina Crouch

      Agreed! I recently switched and I LOVE IT!

  • mS.ELZ

    Id advise using sugar instead of salt, only because if you get any nicks or the salt gets into your pores it can irritate your skin not to mention feel really uncomfortable

  • Ashley

    So you use baby oil in the shower? Do you use a moisturizer afterwards? I’ve never heard of this! Thanks for the tip!

  • mS.ELZ

    haha yup! Ill usually rinse my legs off after with a little bit of body wash at the end of my shower if it feels a little too greasy but more often than not if you don’t use too much its fine :) and yes! I definitely moisturize afterwards too

    glad to help! =)

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  • brianna

    baby powder right after on your bikini zone reduces irritation and bumps like wonders

  • jwishard

    I LOVE using coconut oil, it’s the best! I have sensitive legs and this is perfect, also acts as a great moisturizer after.

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