So I’ve been shaving for a few years now. I’m far too much of a wimp for waxing. I once tried a home strips kit with my best friend on our legs and I don’t think either of us has ever gone near wax since! I’ve always told myself that if I was rich I’d get laser hair removal but until then, I’m stuck with shaving to get rid of all the unwanted hair.
So these are some of the things I’ve learnt over the years, mostly from reading things then trying them out for myself. I’m concentrating here on those special private areas as they’re by far the most difficult. But of course a lot of these tips work just as well for legs and underarms.
1: The Razor. My go to razor is always the Mens Gillette Slalom Razors. (Yes the photo is of womens razors but my mum bought them for me!) I’ve tried disposable women’s razors but they’re more expensive and feel stiffer. I’ve also tried the fancier types you hold on to and change the blades over and over. But these always feel really bulky, great for legs but a pain when trying to do those little special areas.
2: Exfoliate. It’s always a good idea to exfoliate a little first. I have super sensitive skin so only do this using special soaps and keep it all gentle. Even thought you are exfoliating you still want to make sure everything is gentle as it’s a sensitive area for everyone.
3: Conditioner. Shaving cream is rubbish, I use conditioner instead. I always buy SLS free shampoo and conditioners as they aggravate my skin so I’m currently using this Vitamin E conditioner which feels like it does an amazing job of keeping my skin soft.
4: Follow the direction of hair growth. When you start shaving you want to go along with the direction the hair grows in, so generally from the edges towards the inside, and from top to bottom. If you do this it should go pretty smoothly and not tug at any hairs or areas.
5: Then go diagonally before slowly beginning to go against the hair. (This is only if you want a particularly close shave) If I’m after that close smooth shave then after I’ve shaved with the hair I start working against it. I’ll kind of gradually work my way around rather than go directly to shaving against it as that can sometimes tug my skin and hurt.
6: Leg up and hold on. The best way to reach the parts which are a little more hidden underneath is to lift your leg up. Either place your foot on the side of the bath or try to balance on one leg. It’s a dangerous procedure but it does make it easier.
7: Get the mirror out. If I’m after a proper close smooth shave, maybe it’s date night or I’m planning a surprise, then I’ll continue shaving outside of the shower. Sitting on the floor, I either use a little hand held mirror leant against my foot or sit in front of my big mirror close enough that I can see my private bits. Place some tissue underneath to catch any hairs then get stuck in. The mirror lets you see any bits you may have missed in the shower and means you can really get rid of everything.
8: Coconut Oil. I find coconut oil amazing for moisturising after shaving.
9: Let her breathe. If you’ve got time and are able to I definitely recommend lounging around commando for a while afterwards.
10: Treat her well. After shaving such a sensitive area so closely, it’ll be extra touchy for a while. Even though you might want to have the closest shave possible before a big night, remember that within the first 24 hours it can be easily aggravated.
So that’s a little insight into my routine to tidy up my downstairs. I do shave about twice a week but usually just have a tidy up. Shaving closely too often makes my skins extra sensitive so I’ll only do this whole routine now and then. My last post found HERE talks about the pressures us girls face to shave this special area and how much I’m a fan of a little bush!