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Are You Making These Five Mistakes While Shaving?

September 22, 2019
Mistakes You Could Be Making While Shaving

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!

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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.

A shaving mistake you could be making is choosing a low-quality razor to use. Click To Tweet

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.

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!

Dry shaving causes razor burn, bumps, and irritation. It's important to use a shaving cream that'll help your razor glide across your skin without tugging your hair. Click To Tweet

One of my favorite shaving creams to use is the Eos Shave Cream. 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

Make sure you prepare to shave after you finish taking a shower or bath.

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 number of ingrown hairs and razor bumps that can happen after shaving.

Exfoliating prior to shaving will help your blade glide easier across your skin and provide better hair removal. It can also reduce ingrown hairs + razor bumps. Click To Tweet

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 below!

You Skip Moisturizing Afterwards

After you finish shaving, make sure you moisturize!

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.

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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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