Shaving is one of the easiest ways to get rid of pesky unwanted hair, but it also comes with a lot of troubles – razor rash, ingrown hair… the list goes on. Want smooth skin to go with that flirty skirt? Here’s what you need to stop doing.

  1. Using the wrong type of razor
    Invest in a razor which comes lined with strips that have aloe vera or jojoba oil in them. There’s a reason why women’s razors are more expensive than men’s – our skin is much more sensitive than theirs. We recommend the Gillette Venus. Also, remember to replace your razor every six months.

  2. Not exfoliating
    Always, always exfoliate before shaving. It removes the layer of dead skin which will give you a smoother shave.

  3. Using body wash as shaving cream
    When you’re in the shower, you usually end up using your body wash to shave your legs. Stop right there! Invest in some shaving cream or gel. If you don’t have either, hair conditioner also makes for an amazing close, clean shave.

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  4. Not moisturising your skin post-shave
    Use an alcohol-free moisturiser to get rid of razor burns and ingrown hair. The Body Shop makes some amazing shea butter creams so good you could eat it!

  5. Shaving the wrong way
    Use warm water and shave at the end of your shower so your hair has more time to soften. Start shaving from your ankle upwards. For your underarms, shave up and down, and then in an “x”.

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Text: Ashley Ahn