A Girl's Guide To Shaving | Darling Magazine

With warmer weather on the horizon, we’ll soon be bringing out our shorts and sundresses. With that in mind, we put together a simple shaving guide to help you enjoy the sunshine with smooth, razor-burn free legs. As a bonus, we’re sharing how you can win a free six-blade razor system, so be sure to read to the end to get all of the details…

Pre-Shave Prep
Most of us likely don’t put much thought into preparing our skin for shaving—but it’s one of the most important parts of the shaving process. What should it look like? Here’s an ideal way to get your skin ready:

  1. Plan to shave in the shower or a warm bath—or immediately after. This helps soften the hair on your legs, making them easier to shave.
  2. Apply a pre-shave oil to provide a barrier between the skin and the razor. This is important in preventing razor burn, especially for those with sensitive skin.
  3. Use a loofa—or if you’re feeling old school, a badger brush—to apply your shaving cream. This not only helps raise the hair up, giving you a closer shave, but it also helps stretch shaving cream for longer because it better distributes the cream on the surface of the skin.

Navigating The Shaving Cream Aisle
There are several options on the market to choose from—shaving soaps, shaving gels, shaving creams, and the list goes on and on. So what makes one better than another? Quite honestly, it’s a matter of preference. If you have sensitive skin, you’ll want to avoid any creams with alcohol in them, as those are drying. Additionally, we always recommend choosing paraben-free products with natural ingredients.

Choosing The Right Razor
There are essentially two kinds of razors to choose from: disposables, and shaving systems. Disposable razors are thrown away whenever they wear out, and shaving systems are those with a handle that you keep and cartridges you replace on a regular basis.

Most of these cartridges for women emphasize the lubricants and moisturizers that are included, such as vitamin E, aloe and certain oils. Many disposables do not have extra moisturizers, so a good rule of thumb for those of you with sensitive skin is to use cartridges that include some kind of moisturizer. Alternatively, you can buy an alcohol-free, moisturizing shaving cream.

Today, there are razors on the market with anywhere from two to six (yes, six!) blades. Despite the marketing dollars that go into convincing us that more is always better, the number of blades doesn’t have any impact on the closeness of the shave, and it’s all a matter of preference.

If you need help finding your perfect razor, Razorpedia is an excellent resource. Combining the results of consumer reviews on more than 30 of the major razors on the market, they provide a performance snapshot that makes it easy for you to compare each razor’s shaving performance across a variety of categories (comfort, closeness, etc).

A Girl's Guide To Shaving | Darling Magazine

Post-Shave Skin Care
Immediately after shaving, rinse with cool water to close the pores. Then, pat legs dry and apply a post-shave balm or ultra-moisturizing lotion. Then slip on your favorite shorts or sundress and delight in your smooth, stubble-free legs.

And Now…Your Free Razor
Our good friends at the aforementioned Razorpedia have partnered with Dorco to offer 400 free razors to the next 400 people to submit a review of their current Gillette, Schick, Dorco, Dollar Shave Club, or Harry’s razor. Visit Razorpedia for more details and to submit your review >>

Disclosure: Razorpedia is a beloved advertiser with Darling, and this is a sponsored post.

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