Hair Removal 101: Your Guide to Shaving and Waxing
The rising temperatures coincide with our rising hemlines in the summer months, meaning hair removal—be it with shaving or waxing—is often on weekly rotation. But many would agree, hair removal can be a tricky art to master. Everything can seem to be going smoothly…until smooth is the last thing your skin is going to be. Suddenly you’re covered in scrapes, razor bumps, and ingrown hairs. What went wrong? To avoid these unnecessary “bumps” in the road and come away with silky-soft skin, try these method-specific tips for hair removal.
The first step to a perfect shave? Invest in a high-quality razor. Opt for lubricated blades, which can keep the legs feeling extra soft while shaving and help you avoid nicks. If it’s been awhile since you’ve switched up the blade, do that now. Dull blades are a leading cause of razor bumps and burns.
When you’re ready to start, you’ll want to begin by exfoliating your skin. This will help rid the skin’s surface of any built up dead skin cells, which can lead to an uneven shave. To help avoid nicks and ingrown hairs, reach for a shaving cream, lotion, or foam. Look for hydrating formulas like Kiehl’s Close Shavers Squadron Smooth Glider Precision Shave Lotion. While it may have been made for men, it works great for women as well. Since it’s a clear, no-water necessary lotion, you’ll be able to see what you’re doing as you shave. Finally, always try to shave while you’re in a warm bath or shower, this will allow your hair to soften for a smoother, closer shave. After shaving, treat your skin to Kiehl’s Post Shave Repair Gel. This step will help refresh and nourish your skin with soothing aloe and squalene.
Waxing is great option for those who want to keep stubble away without the hassle of shaving. To prevent irritation and ingrown hairs, moisturize and exfoliate regularly to prevent dead skin cell build up—but skip the scrubs the day of your appointment. Another product to skip? Anything with retinol, which can make your skin sensitive before a wax. Also, make sure you’ve allowed your hair to grow at least ¼ inch before getting a wax
After your appointment follow up with a post-wax product like Decelor’s Post Wax Double Action Gel.
You're officially all set for smooth sailing...or at the very least, smooth skin.