It took me a while to get used to the idea of shaving my face/neck. I felt ashamed to do it, and the thought of it just made me cringe. However, now that I am undergoing laser hair removal I must shave to not interfere with the growing cycle. So I bucked up and began to shave, and it took me awhile to get a routine down. So I figured I would share with anybody else who is shaving to keep the hair away.
Step one: Exfoliate! Not even men know to do this, but exfoliating your skin before shaving really helps prevent any bumps or ingrown hairs. You can use anything from a scrub to a Clarisonic (or a knock off version) to exfoliate.
Step two: Lather on a shave cream of your choosing. For some reason any shaving cream that comes from and arisol can irritates my skin. So I use the EOS shave cream which is more of a lotion type consistency.
Step three: It is wise to invest in a quality tri or quad blade razor. This helps you get a closer shave, and in my opinion is worth the $10+ I spend on them. Shave in different directions with the shaving cream on, rinsing the razor off between every couple strokes. I usually shave upwards (against the growth) then down (with the growth) then feel around for hairs that are thick and stubborn and I shave size ways.
Step four: This part may sting a little but I have gotten used to it. I apply rubbing alcohol after I pat dry my face. I use a cotton ball with 90% rubbing alcohol and dab it along. This kills bacteria that could cause ingrown hairs and razor bumps (which I am prone to).
Step five: Apply a light moisturizer after you are all through. I use Simple Light Moisturizer because it is free of dyes and perfumes that make me break out. Also it is oil free so I am super confident that it won’t make me break out.
Pro Tips: I prefer to shave in a hot shower because the steam and heat open up my pores which makes shaving more comfortable. If you can’t then be sure to rinse and exfoliate with warm water!
This technique keeps my skin smooth and free of icky bumps. I will do this every three days-ish because I will let the hair grow out a bit before I shave to prevent my skin from being irritated. However, my laser hair removal slows the growth and I can sometimes wait four days before I shave again.
Hope this was insightful!
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