I don’t know about you, but I don’t have the guts to get waxed! I’ve been shaving for years now and it has become a permanent step in my hygiene routine. If you’re like me, then I’m sure you don’t think twice about shaving. It’s something that’s automatic to me and I know it has to be done.
However, even though we may have been shaving for years and consider ourselves as experts, there are still mistakes we can make when doing so.
Avoiding these shaving mistakes that we discuss in this post will ensure you stay away from bad nicks and uncomfortable ingrown hairs that can happen!
Shaving Mistakes to Avoid
Using a Bad Razor
The first shaving mistake you could be making is choosing a low-quality razor to use. I mean, let’s be honest. I’m sure we all had moments where we go to the store and choose the cheapest pack of razors we can find. Shaving can become expensive, especially if you do it regularly.
Your razor should be switched out after using it a certain amount of times because the razor can become dull. Using a dull razor is more likely to cause razor bumps. It’s recommended to switch out your razor after 3-5 uses! That means you need to always keep backups on hand.
Another shaving mistake that I recently found out is you shouldn’t choose a razor that has over 3 blades. Anything over that amount can end up cutting your hair too short which would cause more ingrown hairs.
One razor I recommend is the Single-Blade Rose Gold Razor from Oui Shave. This is one of the best razors I’ve used in my routine and it gets the job done easier and faster. If this isn’t within your budget, another affordable brand I’ve been using can be found below on Amazon.
You’re Dry Shaving
I know once you get out of the shower and notice a few pieces of hair you missed, it’s tempting to grab the razor and try to remove it quickly, but here’s the problem:
Dry shaving can cause razor burn, bumps, and irritation. Using a shaving cream or oil will help your razor glide smoothly across your skin without tugging or pulling your hair. Unfortunately, I’m that person who has tried dry shaving before, but let’s just say I haven’t tried it since then!
One of my favorite shaving creams to use is the Eos Shave Cream. I also had the opportunity to try the Neroli Shave Oil from Oui Shave which helps to soften your skin and prepare it for a close shave. After using this, I have noticed my skin isn’t irritated or dry after I finish shaving! Even using something as simple as coconut oil can work great. Just stop dry shaving if you’re still making this mistake!
You Don’t Shower Before Shaving
I went years shaving before I got into the shower. I thought to myself: since I’m going to wash off the shaving cream and any leftover hair, it would be best to take care of it beforehand. However, when you think about it, why would you want to put a blade on dirty skin?
Compare this situation to your skincare routine. You want to cleanse your face before applying the rest of your products because they’ll work better when your face is free from any dirt or oils that have accumulated throughout your day. Washing your body with soap and water before shaving will not only remove dirt, but it also softens your hair so it can easily be removed with your razor.
You Don’t Exfoliate Before Shaving
This is actually one step I never thought about doing before shaving. Exfoliating prior will remove dead skin cells which will help your blade glide easier across your skin and provide better hair removal. It can also help reduce the amount of ingrown hairs and razor bumps that can happen after shaving.
One thing I love to use before shaving is exfoliating gloves. I talked a little about this tool in my post about having a body care routine. This is perfect to use if you have sensitive skin and it’s the easiest way to exfoliate and cleanse yourself before shaving. You can find the pack I purchased off Amazon
You Skip Moisturizing Afterwards
The last shaving mistake you can make is not following up with a moisturizer after shaving. If you don’t moisturize, your skin is more likely to become irritated and you’re more prone to dealing with inflamed skin and ingrown hairs.
It’s important to follow certain steps before, during, and after shaving to ensure your skin is on point. I love using butter or oil to moisturize after I get out of the shower. Using Aloe Vera can also be soothing for your shaved skin, I love using this since my skin is super sensitive!
Writing this post helped me realize even though you may have been following a certain routine for years, there are mistakes you can still make that you don’t know about. Shaving doesn’t have to become a hassle! Pay attention to what you’re doing and you won’t have anything to worry about.
Have you made any of these shaving mistakes before?