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Care Tips: Shaving

Shaving myths
Contrary to popular belief, shaving will not cause your hairs to grow back darker or thicker. They may look that way, particularly at first, but over time, you'll see that they have the same appearance and feel as the hairs that came before. More importantly, soothe and restore moisture to your skin immediately after shaving.
Don’t get burned by your razor
Purchasing disposable razors or razor cartridge refills is an ongoing expense, but the price of using old, dull, and unclean blades are razor burn and an increased potential for infection. Usually, problems develop because the razor becomes dull with overuse, so protecting your skin is worth the investment!
How to get the perfect shave
Achieving a good shave starts with finding the right razor for you. With so many to choose from, your search can be narrowed down by asking friends for recommendations. The variations are endless - lubricated strips, pivoting heads, multiple or specially coated blades, stimulating vibrations, comfort grips, etc. There are even new razors on the market with blades that individually adjust to hug the curves and contours of the human body. You’ll be surprised to find how different each razor feels by sampling a few types. Dull and/or dirty blades can nick your skin and trigger infections. Be sure to keep your blades clean and regularly replace disposable razors and blade cartridges. Moisturize just-shaved skin to replenish lost hydration and help form a protective barrier that will keep your skin feeling softer.
Shaving techniques that reduce cuts and bumps
Preventing razor burn is relatively simple if the final few passes on your face with the razor are done with the grain, rather than against it. The strokes of the razor blade actually influence the direction that the new hair will grow.
Hydrate your skin before, during and after your shave!
It’s a good idea for men to first soften their beard with a warm washcloth and then apply shaving cream or gel to prep the area just before shaving. It’s important to keep your beard moist before and during the shave. Even try showering first to let the steam and water soften the hairs and open up pores.
How to maximize your shave
Body hair grows in every direction, and so your razor must follow in order to get the closest possible shave. Hairs on your legs grow down, so it’s best to begin at your ankles and shave up. Shaving the hairs in the underarms takes more time and effort, since they grow in every direction.
Adapt your shaving technique to reduce ingrown hairs
For those of you who regularly shave or pluck unwanted hair, you may notice that shortly after the hair is removed, small bumps appear. These bumps can become red, itchy and discoloured. The resulting skin infection is called pseudofolliculitis barbae, but it is more commonly known as “ingrown hairs” or “razor bumps”.
Do you have curly hair?
You're at greater risk of getting ingrown hairs after shaving, because the hairs are more likely to curl and loop back into the skin. Take extra care when shaving. You may notice that shortly after the hair is shaved, small itchy, discoloured bumps may appear.
The cutting edge in shaving
If you thought the limits of razors were reached, think again! Technologically advanced shaving systems include innovative designs that can deliver maximum performance and easy handling.
Shaving tips
If possible, shave during a warm bath rather than a shower. Soak your legs and let the hairs soften. Sit in a comfortable position and make sure the leg that you are shaving is securely placed. Dispense an adequate amount of shaving gel and evenly spread over your entire leg.
How to get the most out of shaving ...
A good shave starts with finding the right razor for you. The variations seem endless - lubricated strips, pivoting heads, multiple or specially coated blades, stimulating vibrations, comfort grips, etc. Each razor feels and performs differently, so the search for the perfect razor for you will be helped by sampling a few types.
Why use a shaving gel? ...
Unlike soaps, shaving gels are gentler on the skin, soften hairs for easier removal, help to create a lubricated surface for the razor to glide over and they also have a moisturizing effect. Shave gels come in a variety of formulations that include special moisturizers, vitamins and botanicals (even avocado).
The basics of shaving for men ...
It is a good idea for men to first soften their beard with a warm washcloth and then apply shaving cream to the area. Using clean sharp blades, pass the razor over your skin only once in the direction of hair growth.
Get the right directions for your shave ...
Hair grows in every direction, and so your razor must follow in order to get a smooth result. Hairs on your legs grow down, so it is best to begin at your ankles and shave up. Shaving the hairs in the underarms takes more time and effort because they grow in multiple directions.
Get a moisturizing shave!
Razors encased by a moisturizing shaving bar offer you convenience by combining two steps into one. These dual purpose razors deposit moisturizers and lathers up while you shave. The shave bar is formulated with vitamins, aloe and other soothing ingredients that can nourish and restore hydration to your skin. For areas especially prone to dryness, such as the legs, apply a moisturizing lotion after shaving. Monitor the condition of your blades each time you use your razor and do not hesitate to replace them if they are dull or dirty to avoid nicks that can lead to infection.
Unwanted hair: causes and treatment ...
Many women have unwanted hair on the upper lip, face or elsewhere on the body. Unwanted hair can be frustrating to manage and can even be a source of embarrassment. For most, self treatment options such as tweezing, shaving, waxing, bleaching or use of depilatories are sufficient. However, in cases of excess hair growth (hirsutism), which is often caused by an overproduction or hypersensitivity to hormones called androgens, medical intervention may be required. Available therapeutic options include growth inhibitors, hormonal therapies (oral contraceptives and antiandrogens) or physical treatments (electrolysis or lasers). See your doctor to get an accurate diagnosis and more information on appropriate treatment options.
Shaving tips ...
If possible, shave during a warm bath rather than a shower. Soak your legs and let the hairs soften. Sit in a comfortable position and make sure the leg that you are shaving is securely placed. Dispense an adequate amount of shaving gel and evenly spread over your entire leg.
Shaving made easy ...
Preventing razor burn is relatively simple if the final few passes on your face with the razor are done with the grain, rather than against it. The strokes of the razor blade actually influence the direction that the new hair will grow.
Nip folliculitis in the bud!
Folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicles that often appears on areas that have been irritated by shaving or tight-fitting clothes. Other causes include excessive sweating or adhesive materials that obstruct the hair follicles, acne and dermatitis, injury to the skin and exposure to agents such as coal tar.
Outgrow your ingrown hairs ...
Ingrown hairs (sometimes called "razor bumps") can be painful and are prone to infection. Both men and women can get ingrown hairs, but due to daily shaving, it more frequently occurs in men, especially those with curly hair. Shaving after a shower will help to open up pores and soften hairs.
Managing body odour ...
Here are a few tips to keep you smelling your best. Implement a basic personal hygiene regimen that includes daily baths or showers, drink lots of water to detoxify your body, wear loose-fitting clothing made from natural materials (cotton is best) and, if necessary, change clothes frequently.
Tips for a great shave ...
Regular care of your skin will help mitigate the rigors of daily shaving. The weekly use of a facial cleanser with an exfoliant can assist in eliminating the layers of dead skin cells and open-up your pores.