Do you Exfoliate Before Shaving? All body hair Q&A!

do you exfoliate before shaving

Following on from my Best Sugar Wax Recipe, I really wanted to put together an extra little body hair questions and answers post! It can be such a confusing field to navigate – plus I wanted to include some tricks you never heard before! It is absolutely fine to grow and wear your body hair in whichever way you want, but since body hair removal is so popular, it’s great to know which options are out there and which methods work best for you!

Do you exfoliate before shaving?

Yes! Exfoliating before shaving means that your razor won’t be quickly clogged up with dead skin cells, meaning it will last longer and you will be able to get more use out of it.

Will shaving make hairs grow back darker or thicker?

This is a common beauty myth that I am happy to bust! Shaving just cuts thicker, mature hairs in the middle of the hair shaft and allows the same hair to keep growing; so shaving will not make any hairs grow back darker or thicker.

How can I avoid a shaving rash?

Allow skin and hair to soften before shaving. Let the steam of your shower open up those pores for about 5 minutes before taking a razor to the skin.

Use a shaving gel/cream and use a new razor. Shave in even strokes with very gentle pressure.

Once you are finished, apply a soothing, alcohol free moisturiser.

What is the most eco friendly way to remove body hair?

What is the most eco friendly body hair removal technique? Sugar waxing is one of the best options ever as, not only does it give salon quality results, any waste it produces is easily biodegradable. There is also lazer hair removal treatment, which is one of the most eco friendly body hair removal options, as well as stainless steel razors that you can use for a long time, without having to throw them out and buy new ones. For example, the Unisex Safety Razor from Biome is a lifetime purchase, with only the blade needing replacing once worn. All Biome’s reusable safety razors and blades are 100% plastic free and designed to last for life.

Why do I always experience ingrown hairs?

Certain areas are more prone to ingrown hairs, such as the bikini line. This is because the hair that grows there may be curlier than underarm or leg hair, so when they start growing, they may curve back under the skin instead of coming straight out. Friction from clothes and underwear can also keep the hairs from growing straight and force them to curl back in to the skin. A great trick to avoid ingrown hairs is to shave in the same direction the hair is growing, instead of against the direction of the hair, plus try wiping the area with Bliss Ingrown Eliminating Pads! Also make sure your underwear is a comfortable fit and doesn’t chafe or create tender marks or lines on your bikini line.

What can I do to make my legs look amazing?

Definitely exfoliate, exfoliate! Shaving is also a great way to exfoliate the skin and removes the top layer of dead skin along with the hairs, but a double exfoliation is even better, to save your razor from getting clogged up with dead skin cells and make the skin baby soft. A rich body oil or moisturising cream is amazing to use after your shower – try patting your legs dry and applying it straight away as it will lock in the hydration and restore the moisture barrier. Two optional touches are to apply an illuminating body cream – like Charlotte Tilbury’s Supermodel Body – or even a dab of highlight mixed with a light body cream – and spot treat any areas you want to cover with concealer. Then quickly spritz with makeup setting spray to finish!

How do I remove the little bumps on my skin?

Try the Ameliorate Transforming Body Lotion, it works like magic when nothing else does and the owner of the brand developed it for her daughter who suffered from bumpy skin (Keratosis Pilaris).

Trimming vs shaving?

Trimming body hair over shaving can be a much easier way to groom your body hair, to keep it looking neat and tidy, whilst avoiding the post shave bumps, tenderness and ingrown hairs that you may experience from shaving. There is no razor burn to worry about and you will experience less itching from the hairs growing back so quickly and coming through the skin. However, when looking for a completely smooth hair free appearance that lasts a longer time, with no itching, why not consider sugaring (sugar wax is gentler than normal wax) or lazer hair removal treatment!

Is there a pain free way to wax?

Sugaring is the perfect thing to try, plus you can make it from items in your kitchen cupboard! Sugar Wax is much more gentle on the skin, so is the perfect hair removal treatment for sensitive skin!

What happens during Laser Hair Removal?

During laser hair removal, a laser emits a light that is absorbed by the pigment (melanin) in the hair. The light energy is converted to heat, which damages the tube-shaped sacs within the skin (hair follicles) that produce hairs. This damage inhibits or delays future hair growth.

Should I go for Laser Hair Removal Treatment for fine body hair?

Lasers target the pigment in the hair follicle and because of that, they are not effective on light hair and most effective on darker hair. If your body hair is blonde, it’s hard for the laser to detect and target it.

Is Laser Hair Removal worth it?

Laser hair removal can be expensive, averaging around £70 to £200 for a session (depending on body part) of which it is recommended to have four to five sessions, each about four to six weeks apart. You get an 80 percent reduction in hair, and might need a touch-up once a year. It’s an investment, but it’s one that will last a lifetime. It means you can enjoy months of smooth and silky skin without any issues like ingrown hairs or having to remove body hair constantly. An average woman in 10 years will spend over £4000 waxing their underarms and bikini line, whereas laser hair removal is only on average £1000 over 10 years, due to the long lasting results of laser hair removal.

How do I care for my body after Laser Hair Removal Treatment?

Have you recently had hair removal laser treatment? These aftercare tips are perfect for the many people using hair removal, important points to keep in mind for those who prefer to go with laser hair removal treatment to remove unwanted body hair.

🤍 Avoid excess sun exposure to the skin

Laser hair removal makes the skin extra sensitive to harmful UVA and UVB rays, so it is great to apply extra sunscreen or SPF 30+ to areas that have recently been treated. Try to avoid excess exposure to the sun for a week after each session. It is often advised to wear at least SPF 50 sunscreen with Zinc for at least 2 weeks.

🤍 Avoid heat treatments such as spas, steam rooms and saunas for 7 days

🤍 Avoid exercising for at least 48 hours

🤍 Avoid hot baths and hot showers for 48 hours

🤍 Avoid anything that involves chlorine (e.g. swimming) for 48 hours

🤍 Avoid make-up on the treated area for at least 48 hours

🤍 Avoid waxing, tweezing and threading for the complete duration of the treatment course


🤍 Say Yes To Cool Showers

Hot water is probably not good for the skin after this treatment since it can leave your skin either
burned or blistered. It is a perfect idea to take a nice, cool shower after getting this laser treatment done to soothe any irritation and cool and calm the skin.
If you are a person who always takes a hot shower before going to bed then try to skip this ritual until 48 hours since the treatment. Avoiding hot tubs or saunas is great too, plus heating pads since they may lead to irritation or redness to the skin.

What is your preferred body hair removal method? I would love to know below! Thank you so much for reading and have an amazing holiday season!

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