Shaving has got to be the quickest ticket to smooth skin but if you don't do the simple hair removal method right you can get sore nicks and red rashy bumps. Not cool. So we asked shaving expert Nathalie Eleni, the Venus Beauty Therapist, to share her tried and tested tips for soothing post-shave skin plus how to get your technique perfect every time. When you next reach for the razor or spot an ingrown hair down there remember these tricks…
How to avoid nicks and cuts when shaving
"Use plenty of lubrication to aid your shave and help prevent drag across the skin–Venus Embrace Sensitive is specifically designed for sensitive skin to enhance glide and protect against nicks and cuts. Also, try not to apply too much pressure when shaving,
use a light touch–exerting as little pressure as possible–and shave in the direction that feels most comfortable. Re-lather before shaving the bikini line and other sensitive areas."
How to treat shaving sores if they occur
"Salts are really healing. Have a warm bath with two cups of Epsom salts and soak for about 20 minutes. Raw or Manuka honey is also very soothing for the skin; apply a thick layer to ingrown hairs or sore areas and allow to treat for 10 minutes before removing with a warm, damp clean cloth. If you nick the skin, apply witch hazel toner to a cotton pad and press firmly over the cut for a minute. Once the bleeding has stopped apply a dot of Sudocrem using a cotton bud. If you're going out and want to have your legs on show wait until the cut has dried and cover with a cream concealer, always using a clean brush or cotton bud to apply."
How to deal with ingrown hairs
"The condition of skin and hair play an important role when it comes to ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs occur where hair pierces the follicle wall growing into the surrounding skin. The follicular opening can become clogged with a build-up of skin cells–which then trap the hair, impeding its natural progress out of the skin. Gently exfoliating skin is the best way to prevent these as the soft scrubbing action removes the upper skin layer and hair can get through to the skin surface. Another great tip for ingrown hairs and spots is to use a face wash with salicylic acid (which kills bacteria in the follicle) and glycolic acid (which removes dead skin build up) on the area of your body, test patch a small area first and don't use on cut or open wounds."
How to avoid irritation and dryness post-shaving
"Most women want smooth, beautiful skin, and the feeling of confidence that comes with it. However, if you don't shave your skin properly, it can become irritated and dry. There are two steps to the perfect shave: Firstly prep skin prior to shaving. This involves hydrating the hair and lubricating the skin. Second is shaving and the removal of hair. To get the most from a shave and avoid irritation, both parts should be done well–as above!"
This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.