We’re officially putting our tights away for the season and breaking out the bare legs! But before you start showing off some skin, we called in the experts for the shaving tips that will give you baby soft skin all spring (and summer) long.
Reality TV star Whitney Port showed off silky smooth legs at a recent Schick and Skintimate event aimed at helping us all get the best shave possible this spring. To help answer all of your biggest questions, from how often you should change your razor to the best direction to shave your legs, the shaving brands partnered up with Dermatologist Dr. Annie Chiu.
Put In The Prep: If you want a close shave without bumps and irritation later (which, don’t we all?), Dr. Chiu says to properly exfoliate your skin pre-shaving. “This makes skin softer and pops hair up so that you can get an ultra-close shave,” she says, adding that you should be sure to avoid scrubbing too harshly. Whether you’re a shower or bath girl, Dr. Chiu says to use warm water, which will soften the hair without irritating the skin, and wait until the end of your shower/bath to shave.
The Best Shaving Secrets: Dr. Chiu says to always lather up with a moisturizing shaving cream or gel like the Skintimate Island Berry Breeze Shave Gel or Skintimate Skin Therapy Sensitive Skin Shave Gel. Not only does this help the razor glide over the skin more smoothly, but it also helps to soften the hair more.
When shaving your legs, Dr. Chiu says it’s okay to shave against the direction your hair grows, but that you should always shave with the grain along the bikini area. For your underarms, since the hair tends to grow in different directions, Dr. Chiu says to switch up the way you run your razor, but always be sure that you’ve washed off all of your deodorant prior to shaving to get a clean shave.
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, you should be changing your razor blade after 5-7 uses to avoid any skin irritation that can occur when you use a dull blade. Dr. Chiu also recommends using a multi-bladed razor like the Schick Quattro For Women, which “helps with fewer passes to get all [of] your hair, making shaving quick, more convenient and less irritating to the skin.” Post-shave, she says to apply a moisturizer to your skin while it’s still damp to help seal in moisture and leave your legs super smooth.
Were you surprised by any of Schick and Skintimate’s shaving tips, HollywoodLifers?