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Posts for tag: Shaving

By Dr. Accetta
July 14, 2013
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Shaving   razor  

It's that time of year again.  After the long cold winter women are back into shorts and leaving the stockings home when wearing skirts and dresses.   We see it when we do our skin exams. It seems women have forgotton how to shave. Scraped up and rashy legs and they do it to themselves.

There really is a proper way to get best results (even if it is not quite an art).  I believe that I qualify as an expert since I have been shaving my head daily for years and have learned a few things along the way. So here they are; Dr Accetta's tips for the perfect shave.

1.  Shave at the end of your bath or shower that is when the hair will be softest.

2.  Use real shaving cream, not soap, you deserve it.  I recommend Barbasol, very inexpensive, easy to find but most  importantly it rinses                               easily from your razor.

3.  Throw away the rusty disposable razor your using now and buy yourself a real razor.  We men are shaving a lot less real estate but we do it with a quality blade.  My current favorite is Gillette Pro Glide.  This razor has 5 blades which may sound like overkill but it is very flexible when shaving bumps and getting into hollow areas.  Another plus is that this blade has a green strip on the top that gradually turns white as the blades wear out which brings us to the next tip.

4.  Make sure the blade is sharp.  Even if just 10% of the blade edge is dull you can cause an awful lot of damage scraping over the same area 3 or 4 times to get it smooth.

5. Shave in the same direction as the hair is growing which in most cases will be down. One or 2 passes with a sharp blade should do it.  Multiple passes against the grain, especially with a dull razor, will rough up the skin and drive dirt and bacteria into the follicles which results in razor bumps.

6. Rinse, pat dry, don't rub and apply a lotion that mimics the bodies own moisture barrier like CeraVe.

So there you have it, simple advice that makes sense.  Share this post with men friends with razor rash on the neck, it will work for them as well.



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