Cashmere soft legs, shiny skin, and not a stray hair in sight. Eureka, you've finally achieved the ultimate shave! Barely 48 hours pass and your bikini line is dotted with ingrown hairs. Is it just you? Nope. It was us too. What we didn't know was that our razor was the ultimate culprit in causing ingrown hairs. We're sharing our top two tips to get your bikini line ready for Summer, no more connect-the-dots...unless it's on that cute polka dot swimsuit!
- Your Razor Has Too Many Blades
In other words, your razor is waaayy too aggressive for your skin. We've all fallen for the newest 5 blade razor that promises an incredibly close shave, but as opposed to the super soft legs promised, irritation is often the real end result. Here's how it happens. Multi-blade razors are designed with a lift & cut system; each blade lifts then cuts the hairs as you shave. This causes your hair to be cut below the skin line. Now, you might be thinking "but that sounds like a smooth shave". Well, therein lies the issue.
1) You don't need hair to be cut below the skin for a smooth shave. A good razor
skims hair from the surface level of the skin, resulting in a smooth shave and a dermis that isn't irritated.
2) When your hair begins to grow back it can become trapped below the skin, causing irritation and ingrown hairs. If dead skin cells and sebum find their way into the hair follicle, the result is ingrown hairs that are painful and inflamed.
An aggressive razor, one with 4,5, and 6 blades were designed for coarse facial hair such that they would achieve a smoother shave with fewer passes over the skin. As women, it's unlikely that our body hair is that long or that coarse, and the remaining blades rake over our skin, causing damage along the way.
- Your Razor Blades Are Dull
As you might guess, we talk a lot about shaving here, and almost every woman we speak to looks at us guiltily as she says "I probably don't change my razor often enough", or worse "my blades are rusty". Ouch...literally. Because razors are incredibly thin pieces of steel, they degrade quickly and should be changed frequently. We've got two bonus tips below on knowing when
to change your blade. Each time you shave, your razor blade develops microscopic nicks in the surface, making it less sharp, and therefore less effective. When you notice this, you likely respond by pressing the razor into your skin in order to get a closer shave, which tugs at the skin and leads to irritation. Your shave is also likely an uneven one, leaving missed patches of hair. Finally, a dull razor can cut the hairs in a ragged or irregular way, rather than an even, clean cut. Changing your razor blade frequently not only gives you your best shave
, but it also keeps your skin in its best shape.
- Bonus tips: How do I know when to change my razor blade?
- The more surface area you shave, the more likely your razor blade will wear and tear quickly. Ah, the joys of womanhood. If you plan to shave all over, use a new razor blade before shaving.
- If your hair is coarse, thick, or curly, change your razor blade more often.