As a young woman, talking about body hair can be surprisingly awkward sometimes and a common subject which most young women are unaware about is - the right age to start shaving.
Let’s get to the facts - there’s no right time to start shaving. Body hair is normal and healthy, but it grows at different times and rates for everybody. If you feel you’re ready for a shave, there are no specific reasons for you to wait until a certain age.
When shaving for the first time, you first need to have the right tools, learn the proper techniques, and then learn aftercare for your skin! Here are some shaving tips for a comfortable first shave!
Choose The Right Razor: Single blade razors are the least likely to cause cuts. As a result, they are well-suited for beginners! Scientifically proven to be better for your skin, a single blade razor gives you the confidence needed for your first shave! Picking a safety razor can ease you into shaving and will also be great for the environment! Here are some of The Best Safety Razors For Beginners.
Use The Right Blades: The ‘right’ blade is the one that provides you a close shave with maximum comfort. So we recommend trying a few different blades to find the one that works best for you. Many first-time shavers love Rockwell blades and it could be a good starting point! It glides over on your skin smoothly and does not cause any razor burn or irritation after the shave.
Prep the skin: Now that you have the tools, let’s get into the process! Step 1 - wash your skin with warm water and soap thoroughly to prevent infections. Use a shaving cream to soften the hair and prepare the skin for shaving. You want to make sure that the cream is suitable for sensitive skin to prevent skin irritation.
Check out this video for a detailed tutorial!
Technique: In the end, it all comes down to the right technique - begin with holding the razor at a 30 degree angle to your skin and run it along the skin in short strokes. Make sure you clean your blade between each stroke. Shaving in the direction for hair growth is best for your first shave. Because your leg hair will be longer, going with the grain of your hair will reduce the possibility of irritation. Shaving against the grain is okay once your leg hair is shorter.
Aftercare: Rinse your skin with warm water and gently pat dry. While most women tend to reach for a moisturizer right after their shave, we recommend using an aftershave as a moisturizer can irritate the sensitive skin! Applying aftershave helps in preventing ingrown hair, breakouts and leaves your skin feeling fresh!