Welcome back to our special on shaving myths and general tips on how to make the most of shaving. So in our third post of #subscribetosmooth challenge with Gillette India, today I am going to jot down a few tips to enjoy a smooth shave.
1. Shave, scrub, shave again: Now this is one helluva interesting hack for a smooth shave. I actually found this tip on Pinterest and tried it. So for a smooth-as-butter shave, you need to be a bit creative. Shave your legs/arms the first time and follow it up by using a sugar or oil based scrub on the area. This’ll help take care of the dead skin cells and a tan you didn’t want to sport. Now shave again to take care of the remaining small hair on your legs/arms and see the difference. I absolutely loved this Sugar Scrub Cubes recipe from The Idea Room. So please click here and make one for yourself.
2. Declog the ingrowth: I totally agree with you, clogged pores with hair ingrowth look like pimples. Sometimes, you need a more effective plan. So if this is really bothering you, like REALLY, look for scrubs/creams with salicyclic acid (the same one used in anti-pimple products) for a noticeable difference.
3. Bumps etc: We have all been there. A lot of us have genetically thick hair (I know what you’re thinking…I wish the hair on my head was half as thick as those on my legs), but a lot of times the texture of the hair changes when they grow longer. So one way to avoid bumps would be to let your hair grow out and wait about a 7-10 days between a shave. If you’re shaving and find bumps, just soak a clean hand towel (has to be SOFT!) in a solution of milk and water (equal parts for each). Use this towel on the bumpy areas as you’ll see the change.
4. DIY Rinse: I usually use coconut oil after a shave. It helps cool down any redness or irritation and takes cares of any infections due to antibacterial/antifungal properties. If you’re heading out and you want all the attention on your legs, make this rinse. Take 1/2 tablespoon of sugar (fine), 2 tablespoons of olive oil and few drops of your favorite essential oil. Apply and rinse.
5. Where do you keep your razor? So an old razor can not only be tough to use and get the job done, but also because it can cause redness, bumps and lead to ingrowth. So keep changing your blade as per given instructions and never store your razor near the shower. Store in a cooler place.
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