It’s generally at this point in the summer, after a zillion days of one hundred degrees that I start to feel a bit slacking on my beauty routine. I wake up thinking…do I really need to lather rinse and repeat or will just one lather do? If I use an extra bit of self- tanner could I really skip a day of shaving? Alas, I am not a low maintenance girl, so my big swarovski studded sharpie is crossing off the days until it’s blustery enough to skip a shave day and bust out the leggings, tights and full regalia fall clothes… Come on sister, you know you like a day off… but don’t worry, your secret is safe with me!
Until then, here are some quick ways to maximize your shave time and leave your skin super smooth in the process.
Exfoliate – For an extra close up shave don’t forget to exfoliate. A good sugar or salt scrub the day or night before (not after- ouch!) will help slough off the dead cells and help your razor to slip over the skin with ease.
Try Philosophy Lemonade Salt Scrub at Sephora
Steam – Suds your body or your hair first allowing yourself 3-5 minutes in the shower before you even run the razor. The water and steam will soften hairs and help open pores allowing maximum closeness.
Body washes with no Sodium Laurel Sulfate will keep skin from getting dehydrated. 100% Pure is 100% natural and comes in yummy flavors like Strawberry Lemonade and Coconut at Ulta.
Soften & Hydrate – You’ve seen your man lather up his beard so why are still trying to shave with soap my love? Skip the harsh soap and for the love of Hello Kitty band aids whatever you do, do not attempt to razor bare legged! Puullease use a shave cream to lubricate and hydrate the skin before you swipe….. Unless of course you love looking like it’s your first day of shaving before middle school.
I heart Whish Shave Crave; it leaves you silky and not dry!
Choose your Weapon – Forget about sneaking the Mr.’s blades, this is no job for a man’s razor! Choose razors made for a woman; they generally pivot and often contain little strips of moisturizer to help glide over your curves more easily. And, don’t forget to store them properly so they don’t get gooey or worse harbor eeek! Bacteria!
Go long – I find that too many women when they are rushing use short choppy strokes… hello nicks and cuts!!! Use long even strokes in one direction… have you heard of chaffing? Always work in the opposite direction of hair growth. In some cases like underarms, that means shaving in two directions…so proceed with caution!
Moisturize – Immediately after toweling dry, apply a rich moisturizer that contains shea butter, jojoba or other natural ingredients to help lock in hydration. This will also help minimize ingrown hairs and rashes. Also remember, that shaving is a form of exfoliation so if you are going to spend time in the sun…. ramp up the SPF! Try L’Occitane She Butter Body Lotion it’s not too greasy but will make you soft as a baby.