The Cutting Edge Of Body Shaving
Many of us shave just to get rid of extra hair on our legs and armpits. But some women and men want a perfectly hairless body. In many cases it’s because they are naturally hairy and feel that a perfectly smooth body is sexy. Swimmers, cyclists, and professional body builders often want to be completely hair-free for their sport. No matter what the reason, shaving is a fairly quick and inexpensive way to get rid of hair all over the body. Still, some areas of the body (such as the back, the stomach, and the arms) are more sensitive than legs, so it takes a little extra know-how to get these areas smooth.
What do I need to consider before I take it all (or some of it) off?
First, be sure that you are ready for the commitment of shaving. Depending on your hair and the level of smoothness you want, you will need to shave every few days, every week, or even every day. You will also need to keep shaving if you want to avoid stubble (which not only looks odd but which itches like crazy – all over your body).
Next, decide which areas you want shaved. Some people shave their necks, chests, legs, underarm’s, stomachs, shoulders, pubic areas, backs, hands, and even feet. Others just want to tackle some of these areas. If you want to get at hard-to-reach areas like the back, you will need to recruit a friend or professional to help you. Trying to do it yourself could lead to some nasty nicks.
Razor poised – are there any shaving techniques I should be aware of?
Definitely! Once you are ready, be sure to review the following proper shaving techniques. You will be using the same process of soaking, lathering, shaving, rinsing, and applying lotion as women use when shaving their legs, but with a few differences:
- Start with an easy-to-shave area (like your legs) in order to get used to shaving before moving on to trickier areas.
- If you have folds on your stomach or back, moles, or scars, you need to be very careful around these areas, since you could really damage your skin with a razor. If you have folds of skin, pull them taut before shaving the area. If you are shaving where there is a mole, shave around it (as closely as you can) and tweeze any hair on or very close to the mole (yes – this will hurt – but it will keep you from the possibility of ending up at the doctor’s office with severe bleeding). If you have a scar, be sure to shave very gently around and over the area. If the scar sticks out a bit, proceed the same way you would with moles.
- If you are shaving sensitive spots like shoulders, stomach, and chest, use a razor that you have already used on other parts of your body. A new razor may cut you on areas where the skin is very thin.
- If you have long hairs in some places, trim them a bit using the little scissors that come with manicure kits. This will keep your razor from being clogged and will help give you a smooth shave.
- After you have shaved you body, parts of it will be irritated (especially the first few times you shave). Keep your hair-free skin protected and cared-for. Use a body lotion to prevent dryness and use a sun block to keep skin safe. Keep skin very clean and wear loose-fitting clothes made of natural fibers like cotton if you notice that your skin has become red or irritated. Avoid shaving again until your skin has completely healed. If you work out, wash sweat off right away to prevent painful rashes. Remember: your hair is part of your body’s natural defense system. Once you take it away, you need to take greater responsibility for your skin. If you aren’t prepared for the commitment, keep your hair.
- If you want to shave your entire body, you will need to change razors during the process, as the blades will dull. You should use between 3 and 5 razors if you are shaving every hair on your body.
These tips should keep your body silky-smooth … no matter where you shave.