YOU PROBABLY SHAVE YOUR ARMPIT THE WRONG WAY
If you use a razor to remove your armpit hairs, there is a few things you must know and master if you want to get the best results. Here is the right technique to use to avoid irritation, ingrown hairs and other unpleasant experiences for your armpit.
Like for any other body area, one of the key habits for a smooth shave is in the preparation. The best moment is after your shower, when skin and hairs are soften. But we all know that moment when we are all dressed up, ready to go out, and suddenly spot a few hairs sneaking out of our top. Yikes. Even if you are in a rush, apply a good lather to protect your skin from the blade. Hairs are the only thing you want to remove, right?
When it comes to underarm, it’s even easier for the blade to snap your skin because of the thin skin, curves and angles of your body. It’s important to use a blade that isn’t dull or rusted, as this would cause irritations. Think about changing your blade every 5-6 shaves or as soon as you feel it’s giving you a shave not as close as the first time. If you haven’t used your razor in a while, then change the blade before using it again.
Ready? Now here are a few tricks
- First, you need to stretch your skin slightly, to offer your razor the most straight path possible. Use one hand to stretch the skin, while the other hold the razor.
- Apply very short strokes rather than one long, so you can have a better hold at the razor angle and adapt it to follow each curve.
- And the king of tricks: Shave in a STAR shape, rather than just going up and down multiple times. Hairs under your arm have various growth directions. By shaving with one passage on each direction, you will get the closest shave possible while limiting irritations.
Once hairs are gone, pat dry the area with a towel. If you apply a deodorant, chose a natural one that works on probiotics for example, so it wont irritate your skin or clog your pores.
You're now ready to take on the world.
Photo by Marcelo Matarazzo