Check out this scenario: You have a hot date in a couple of days so you shave “down there”, your armpits and legs to achieve skin almost as smooth as a baby’s bum, only to feel those pesky razor burns coming a day after – although not all razor burns are ingrown hairs, I’ll also tell you how to stop these bumps in their tracks.
The annoying part is, for some people, ingrown hairs don’t only happen after shaving with razors, I personally used to experience these ruthless bumps even after shaving or waxing, especially close to my hoo-haa area.
Ouch! Aside from the pain, ingrown hairs can be a little embarrassing. It’s a good thing that the Wellness Genie has your back cos today, you’ll be getting my personal secret stash of tips and tricks to prevent those unruly ingrown hairs from not just crushing your shaving experience, but crashing your hot date 😉
Don’t be scared, grab your shaving stick, or whatever you use to get rid of hairs, and get ready for a smoother, irritation-free ride, starting today!
Make scrubs your bestie if you want to dodge ingrown hairs like a pro. Get yourself a gentle scrub or loofah and give your skin some love before shaving. Please be gentle!
Exfoliating helps remove dead skin cells, opening up your hair follicles and ensuring a smoother shave. It’s like giving your skin a little nudge in the right direction, saying, “Hey, hair, you’re welcome to grow freely, no tangles allowed!”
Soften the area before you begin hair removal. Have a warm shower or place a warm towel on the area you’re about to shave.
This will relax your pores, allowing hairs to be less rebellious when faced with the shaving stick.
Remember, a warm and welcoming environment is always better!
Using a shaving stick? Make sure it’s the right one:
Trying to shave with a dull or poor-quality shaving stick is like going to a gunfight with a stick – it’s just not going to end well.
Make sure your shaving stick is sharp and of good quality before you begin shaving. One with good blades will glide effortlessly across your skin, reducing the chances of the hairs curling back into the follicles.
And if shaving cream is your thing, consider getting one for sensitive skin to minimize the chances of getting burnt before the hairs are ready to come off cos if you pull on the hairs before they’re good to go, you may end up with irritated follicles and hairs that’ll curl and grow back in.
Shave in the direction your hair follicles face. (this is called shaving with the grain):
When you put that shaving stick on your skin, remember this golden rule: always shave with the grain. Going against the hair’s natural direction might seem cool and easy, but it can also lead to shaving bumps and ingrown hairs.
After shaving, show your skin some love:
Rinse off any residual hair, shaving cream or gel, pat the area dry with a soft towel (no rubbing, please!), and then moisturize like crazy.
Use a good moisturizer that absorbs easily, one that has no scent would be most perfect.
As for me, my biggest after-shave hack is slathering on a fair amount of aloe vera gel. Aloe vera gel has soothing and healing properties and it can stop skin irritation right before it even happens.
It calms the skin and keeps it hydrated enough to prevent it from drying out and causing dreaded ingrown hairs. As for me, I use my natural aloe vera gel for a couple more days after shaving and this hack has been super helpful.
If you want me to write a blog post on how you can make your own natural aloe vera gel at home, let me hear it in the comments
Here’s a bonus hack, I’ll tell you even if nobody else does:
Avoid tight clothing and any fabric that’ll rub against the shaved area. It’s okay to forget about panties for the next 48 hours, let the hoo-haa breathe.
Now, that’s it ladies!
Enjoy future shaves free of razor burns, irritations and ingrown hairs.