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Shaving Tricks For Smooth (Not Stubbly) Skin

Bare sexy legs in your fav mini with these bump-free shaving techniques.
Shaving is the grooming prerequisite that gets us ready for those mini dresses and short shorts. But if you don't do it right, shaving can come with some rather uncomfortable side effects which include itching, razor burns and in-grown hairs. Good news is, you can put an end to these post-shaving blues once and for all -- here's all the tricks you need for satiny smooth skin.

1

Be razor-smart

If you have sensitive skin that itches or burns post-shave, consider a three-blade razor instead of a five-blade version -- the latter has better precision (great for coarse hair) but its closer shave can make sensitive skin prone to ingrowns and razor burn. Also, look for a razor that has a built-in lubricant strip for even less irritation. And don't forget to replace your razor regularly (Gillette recommends after 5-10 uses) -- shaving with a dull blade can cause more nicks and cuts.

2

Soak before you shave

Take a warm bath or shower to soften to-be-shaved hair. Soaking makes the hair more pliable so it can be shorn gently, thus preventing ingrowns.

3

Always use a shaving cream

For woman prone to ingrown hairs, shaving sans cream is a no-no. Lather up with a shaving cream or gel to lubricate and help the razor glide over your skin.

4

Shave in the direction of growth

You'll lower your chances of getting ingrown hairs and razor bumps if you shave in the direction that the hair grows. To prevent skin irritation, avoid going over the same area multiple times with the razor.

5

Soothe after defuzzing

Apply a little antiseptic toner in places where you are prone to bumps and ingrowns. Follow with a soothing fragrance-free moisturizer such as Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion.

6

Exfoliate weekly

Exfoliate skin gently using a loofah pad or body scrub to slough away dead skin cells, which can help prevent ingrown hairs from developing. One caveat: Avoid exfoliating immediately after shaving, otherwise skin can become irritated.

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