We all know how to shave but do we know how to shaveproperly? Seriously, if you want long-lasting smoothness (who couldn’t do with more time in the mornings?) then your shaving technique is important. Celebrity beauty therapist and skin expert for Venus, Nathalie Eleni, explained to us that what you do before, during and after shaving can grant you smoother skin for longer. Here are her top tips for the perfect long-lasting shave:
1. Use a salt scrub the day before you shave to lift off any dead cells that may have trapped little hairs, start from the ankles and work upwards in a circular motion. If your skin is particularly sensitive then using exfoliating gloves will prevent flare-ups, but still get the job done efficiently.
2. Shower or bathe before you shave to remove natural oils and perspiration and hydrate the hair, which makes it up to 60% easier to cut. Two-three minutes is optimum soaking time (after 15 or 20 minutes, water causes your skin to wrinkle and swell slightly, resulting in a shave that’s not as close as you’d like).
3. Apply an ample amount of moisture-rich shave gel before shaving to help keep water in the hair and to ensure the razor glides easily over skin. This will allow you a good few extra shave free days. Don’t rely on soap to prepare your skin – it may clog your razor during shaving. In addition, many soaps cause dryness.