How To Shave Less Often, 9 Tips & Tricks You Have to Try
Summer is officially here and you know what that means—dresses, shorts, skirts, and (of course) bikinis to be worn! That being said, if there is one thing us beauty editors dread the most about the summer season, it’s shaving. Summer is supposed to be about effortlessness in a routine and shaving can often (read: all of the time) feel just the opposite. Fortunately, there are ways to prolong a clean shave and get longer-lasting smooth skin all summer long! Keep reading for nine tips and tricks for how to shave less often.
1. TRY A MULTI-BLADE RAZOR
When it comes to razor blades, a few is better than one—especially if you don’t want to go over the same spot a bunch of times. Switch to a multi-blade razor to ensure a closer, smoother-looking shave!
2. SCHEDULE A LASER TREATMENT
If you’re looking to prolong your time between shaving, consider booking a laser treatment appointment. Laser hair removal is a technique that requires a series of sessions where a laser is used to remove the hair. According to board-certified dermatologist, and Skincare.com consultant, Dr. Michael Kaminer, “the hair absorbs the laser energy, as do the pigment cells from that hair. The heat builds up and engulfs the root of the hair [and] kills the bulb.” While laser hair removal isn’t permanent per say, it can be a great alternative to shaving.
3. KEEP YOUR SKIN HYDRATED
If you want your skin to feel smoother longer, you’re going to need to take proper care of your skin post-shaving. This means lots of hydration! After shaving, apply a nourishing body lotion or oil to your skin and follow up morning and night as needed. Not only can the added hydration leave your skin feeling comforted, it can promote softer, smoother legs, too!
4. EXFOLIATE BEFORE YOU SHAVE
In the case against dry, rough-feeling skin, exfoliation is key—same goes for shaving. If you want a closer shave, you’ll want to start with a soft, smooth surface. Exfoliating before you shave—whether it be with a sugar scrub, dry brush, or loofah—can help to slough off the dead skin buildup that may get in the way of your closest shave yet.
Editor’s Note: This trick can also be helpful for men shaving their faces, as exfoliating the complexion can help slough away dry, dead skin cell buildup and create a smoother canvas for a clean and precise shave.
5. SWITCH YOUR BLADE OUT OFTEN
Shaving with a dull razor blade isn’t going to give you a close—not to mention: comfortable—shave. To avoid this, we recommend switching out your razor blades—whether your razor is reusable or disposable—regularly.
6. GO FOR A WAX
If you want to keep stubble away and avoid the hassle of shaving—is it really too much to ask for?—go for a wax, instead! Waxing your legs, arms, armpits, and so on can be a great alternative to shaving, as it can remove the hair and promote a softer, smoother, and less prickly surface for a prolonged period of time.
7. ADD SOME SHIMMER
Regrowth is bound to happen—hence why we’re sharing these tips in the first place. When stubble starts to appear, try applying a shimmering body lotion to your legs. This lazy girl hack is perfect for those who can’t be bothered with shaving, as the shimmer in the lotion can reflect the light and cause a distraction from the hair on your skin.
8. USE A SHAVE CREAM OR GEL
Think using shave cream or gel doesn’t matter? Think again! Most shaving creams can allow the blade of your razor to glide across the skin more smoothly, resulting in a closer, more even-looking shave!