8 Ways To Hack Your Shave
When it comes to shaving, i’m always on the lookout for ways to make the process faster and less irritating.
Tired of running through expensive blades, dealing with nicks and cuts, and spending way too much time getting the perfect shave, our Birchbox Man editors came up with a few ways to eliminate the hassle.
Check out their tips for extending your razor’s life, avoiding skin irritation, and simplifying your shaving routine with products like conditioner and olive oil.
Find yourself getting your best thinking done in the shower? You’re not alone.
Kara Manos of Politics of Pretty has been obsessed with everything beauty since she was a girl—which has made her an epic resource as a grownup. We love Kara’s savvy coverage of beauty trends and news, which is why we had to find out her best tips for an everyday routine: shaving.
Just because cooler temperatures are right around the corner doesn’t mean it’s time to start avoiding a date with your razor! Here are seven top-notch tips and tricks when it comes to achieving smooth (not stubbly) skin.
- More blades can cause more pain. A five-blade razor can be precise, but be wary of this option since it can cut hair down to a subdermal layer, and if you have sensitive skin, you’re at greater risk of getting ingrown hairs and razor burn. I’ve always had a solid shave with Bic Soleil Disposables (not to mention it’s a great budget buy!).
Never shave your legs dry. Trust me, I’ve always paid the price for those quick-fixes. Shaving is a natural exfoliator and dry shaving can lead to clogging up the razor with dead skin and puts you at risk for nicks and razor burn. Ouch!
- Opt for sensitive-skin shaving cream formulas. Read the label. If alcohol or fragrance is one of the first three ingredients listed, avoid it. I discovered whish Shave Cream in my Birchbox and it completely changed my shaving routine. My legs can’t live without it!
Now that short-skirt (and shorter-shorts) weather is in full swing, your razor is probably seeing a lot more action than it used to. It also means that you’re probably visiting that locked drugstore cabinet more than you’d like. (We know: Razors are expensive.)
But don’t fret. You won’t be spending kajillions of dollars on those leg-smoothers if we can help it. Birchbox Man came up with six fool-proof tricks to help make your razor last oh-so-much-longer.
Need more great advice on how to shave? Here’s how to prep your legs for warm weather.
Can you believe it’s already mid-way through August? It’s time to get serious about some outdoor eating, time at the pool, and sundress-shopping. This weekend is the perfect time to catch up on these activities, plus some reading. Scope out our favorite stories from the week below:
- Two Swedish women have solved the major issue of how to be safe and stylish while cycling by inventing an invisible helmet. No, it’s not clear plastic, and sadly it’s not really invisible. But it is a personal airbag that inflates from your collar—crazy! The price is a touch out of our budget right now but here’s hoping we can afford it in a few years. [TechCrunch]
- J.Crew has some of our favorite ads ever and now we’re prepared to like them even more. They’ve enlisted real (real glamorous, that is) women to star in their fall campaigns across print, web, and social media. [The Cut]
- Jessica Chastain is the new ambassador of Yves Saint Laurent’s (or is it Saint Laurent?) newest fragrance, Manifesto. The actress is not just a fan of the fragrance—she’s a true scent addict and wears a new fragrance for each of her movie roles to help her get into character. [WWD]
- We’re on a bit of a shaving kick lately. We’ve reached the hottest part of the summer so it only makes sense. Along with smooth legs and short shorts, shaving also brings nasty shaving bumps—gross. Read this solution for razor bumps before your next shave. [Women’s Health]
- How absolutely gorgeous does Emma Watson look on the cover of T Magazine? We’ve known she’s a stunner but that cat eye is to-die-for. Next up for Hermione? “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” an adaptation of one of our favorite books. Even more exciting though is a little nugget hidden in this profile: she’ll be starring (presumably as Belle) in a new adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast”. [T Magazine]
For even more ways to get the smoothest shave possible (and prevent those pesky bumps!) read our 5 Tips to a Better Shave article!
Like many East Asian women, including my mom, I was born with nearly hairless legs. As a result, shaving has never been my number one priority, and I’ve developed a set of horrific habits over the years. I use and re-use my razor until the blade gets so dull it’s completely useless. I shave my legs with the same regularity that I water my cacti (translation: almost never). And instead of shaving cream, I rely on whatever soap or body wash I have lying around. But since I’ve been wearing lots of shorts and skirts this summer, I recently vowed to shave at least once a week with real shaving cream. Last night, I tried Whish Body’s Shave Crave, and I have to say I was instantly hooked.
In high school, I used to swipe my father’s well-worn Gillette to shave my legs (much to his annoyance). Years later, I was still under the impression that men’s razors gave me a better, longer-lasting shave. They also occasionally gave me razor burn and mini nicks, but I assumed those were the necessary side effects of being super smooth.
We’re all guilty of going a couple more days than we should without shaving. (No judgment! You’re a busy lady.) So as far as I’m concerned, one of the greatest, super-easy ways to glam up on any given day is to grab a razor and primp in the shower. Sounds a little ridiculous, I know. But tell me you haven’t rubbed lotion onto finally, finally, smooth legs after a hot shower and felt like your sexy rating has just increased considerably.
Well, now Schick has upped the ante.
This summer, Birchbox’s content team is extremely lucky to have awesome intern Shana in the office. She’s a student at Syracuse University (the smarty pants is a dual major in magazine journalism and psychology) and she’ll be helping with researching, writing, product testing and, of course, blogging. In addition to daily beauty news posts, she’ll be writing a weekly column called College Girl.
I learned a lot my first couple years of college—don’t wear expensive shoes to a frat party, earplugs are a must-have, oh and it snows in May in upstate New York. Because of that last tidbit, I’ve vowed to take full advantage of the sparse warm weather by wearing shorts, skirts, and anything that will expose my ghostly white skin to some UV rays. Only one downfall—all that skin bearing typically requires using a razor on a daily basis, so here are some tips for making the most out of your shave.
The Right Direction: Always shave from ankle to knee, the opposite of hair’s growth pattern. If using water, make sure it is warm to relax the hair follicles. The best technique to use is long, gliding strokes to avoid tracing the same spot twice and if you’re shaving in the shower, apply lotion immediately after you step out so your moist skin can absorb the product more efficiently.
Choose the Right Razor: I used to have a reusable razor with built-in soap until I realized that this wasn’t allowing me to get a close enough shave. Now I prefer a disposable razor with four to five blades so I can throw it out the second I notice any dullness. This also helps to prevent buildup of hair and debris that could attract germs.
Opt for Lotion: Shaving is typically part of my shower routine, but when I want to make it last or if I don’t have the time to hop in the shower, I shave sans water using Bath & Body Works Sweet Pea Lotion. It’s light so it doesn’t clog up your razor excessively (plus, you’ll be moisturizing at the same time) and you can easily see which parts of your legs you’ve already gone over. I’ve never experienced razor burn with this method—just make sure you let the lotion settle into your skin for a few seconds before you begin.
To find a lotion that works best for you, check out our Birchbox shop.
Once a week, Birchbox’s resident Yoga and men’s product expert, Eric, will give us girls some insight into his world in You’ve Got Male. Whether he’s giving his expertise on skincare (boys need advice, too!) or highlighting his new favorite grooming trend, this guy has got taste—so we’re lucky he’s on staff and willing to share.
BeFine Night Cream, $30, birchbox.com
Whether you are a guy reading this or the lady in his life, we all know the problem: It’s really hard not to look tired all the time when we all work as hard (and sleep as little) as we do. Gals get the leg up in this department with the ability to use under eye concealers to mask and brighten dark circles, eyeliner and mascara to open the eyes up, and color on the face to bring life to tired-looking skin. Since we dudes don’t have as many options, here are some of my tips for beating the puffy-eye-saggy-skin blues.
1. Use a night cream: We must be preemptive. What better way to optimize our time than to improve our skin while we sleep? I like the Befine Night Cream because it’s naturally healing and hydrating, and it also has caffeine which increases circulation and perks up dull looking skin.
2. Use an eye cream: I know the guys are reluctant, but puffy eyes and dark circles are the number one culprit when it comes to looking tired. My favorite quick fix is Fresh Lotus Eye Gel because it’s light and smooth and feels very cooling – good for early mornings on too little sleep. (If you want to be an overachiever, splurge on 3Lab WW Eye Cream at night for lots of hydration and age prevention.)
3. Use the right shaving cream: Continue to perk up your skin while you shave. Kiehl’s Ultimate Brushless Shave Cream: White Eagle has menthol and camphor to keep your skin tingly and awake.
4. Use a Neti Pot: This ancient remedy, which has its roots in yoga, irrigates the nasal passages and reduces inflammation in the sinuses, minimizing the appearance of bags and dark circles. I use my Neti Pot every morning. It also helps with staying well and breathing more easily in general.
If you’re in the market for a new face wash, the BeFine Exfoliating Cleanser is effective and it’s granular texture is not the least bit girly.