Skincare

5 Common Shaving Mistakes You Could Be Making

September 22, 2019

Even though you may have been shaving for years and consider yourself an expert, there are still mistakes you can make while doing it. Avoiding these common shaving mistakes in this post will help you stay away from bad nicks and uncomfortable ingrown hairs!

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Common Shaving Mistakes to Avoid:

Using a Bad Razor

The first 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 if you do it regularly.

Your razor should also be switched out after using it a certain amount of times because it can become dull. Using a dull blade is more likely to cause bumps. It’s recommended to switch out your razor after 3-5 uses! That means you need to always keep backups on hand.

I recommend checking out the Flamingo Razor! I’ve been using this for a while and it has been an amazing addition to my routine. They also sell blade cartridges so you can switch it out once it starts getting old.

Dry Shaving

Once you get out of the shower and notice a few pieces of hair that you missed, it’s tempting to grab the razor and try to remove it quickly, but you shouldn’t!

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.

One of my favorite shaving creams is the Eos Shave Cream. Using this makes removing hair easier and faster!

Not Showering Before Shaving

I went years shaving before I got into the shower. I figured since I was going to wash off the shaving cream and any leftover hair, it would make sense to do it beforehand. But, 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 wash your face before applying the rest of your products because they’ll work better when it’s free from any dirt or oils.

Washing your body with soap and water before shaving will not only remove dirt but also soften your hair so it can easily be removed.

Not Exfoliating Beforehand

Exfoliating before shaving 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 number of ingrown hairs and razor bumps that can happen afterward.

One thing I love to use is exfoliating gloves. This is perfect to use if you have sensitive skin and it’s the easiest way to exfoliate and cleanse yourself before shaving.

Related Post: The Best 5 Exfoliants for Sensitive Skin

Skipping Your Moisturizer

One of the last common shaving mistakes you can make is not following up with a moisturizer. If you don’t moisturize, your skin is more likely to become irritated and you’re prone to dealing with ingrown hairs.

It’s important to follow certain steps before, during, and after shaving to make sure 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.

Related Post: 6 Best Body Moisturizers and Creams for Dry Skin


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.

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6 Comments

  • Reply Aisha September 23, 2019 at 6:50 pm

    Good tips on shaving. When I was younger in my teens, I thought it would cool to dry shave and that mess hurt, I bleed bad one time and it was just the worst.

    • Reply Madisen September 23, 2019 at 8:06 pm

      Thank you sis! And right 😩 I would never do it again. I learned my lesson.

  • Reply Lourdgy87 September 23, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    These are great tips, on point Maddy.

    • Reply Madisen September 24, 2019 at 12:08 pm

      Thank you for reading sis!

  • Reply Shahd May 16, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    Well, no I didn’t, cause I didn’t shave before, I’m a teenager and I’ll be thankful if you suggest a good post about starting shaving.

    • Reply Madisen May 20, 2020 at 12:32 pm

      I will have to write a post on that! I started shaving in my early teens and one tip I can give you is to make sure you use shaving cream and a good-quality razor. One razor that I recommend is the Flamingo 5-blade razor which can be found at Target and I use the Eos Shave Cream. I also suggest shaving after your shower since your hair will be easier to remove.

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