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The Key To A Smooth Safe Shave

You’ve finally arrived. You are the consummate professional. You’ve got the power suit, the flawless makeup, the leather clutch, the Prada heels, and the silk stockings and under it all, you’ve got….nicks and cuts all over your legs.

Sure, you’ve got data analytics down to a science, but when it comes to shaving your legs, you’re clueless. If you’re a professional genius, but you still don’t know how to handle a razor, this articles may provide you with the facts you need, but were too embarrassed to ask.

Women shaving her legs by a swimming pool.

How To Shave

Step 1
A great shave should always start with a nice shower of bath. Soaking skin in warm water for a few minutes will make the hairs softer and guarantee a closer shave.

Step 2
While you’re in that bath or shower, make sure to apply a good shave gel. That will help keep your hair hydrated while making sure the razor will glide smoothly over your skin. This will lessen your chance of painful nicks and cuts and will also reduce the likelihood of shaving rash and razor bumps popping up.

Step 3
Now you’re ready for the razor. Always use a gentle touch with long strokes. The direction of the razor will differ with each body part:

  • Legs Shave; from ankles up
  • Underarms Shave; from all angles, as hair here may grow in different directions.
  • Bikini Area Shave; first in the direction of the hair growth, in an inward stroke, and then reverse directions for an extra close shave.
  • After shaving; rinse and air dry razor.

Step 4
Your hair removal process should end by applying your favorite moisturizer. This will keep your skin healthy, smooth, and hydrated.

Women shaving her leg in a bathtub.

Shaving Products

  • 5-Bladed Razor
    A five bladed razor will give you a close shave. Remember, the more blades, the more hairs get cut. Many products on the market feature a protective moisture ribbon that helps to give an easy glide and reduces the risk of nicks and cuts.
  • Built In Lather
    Recently, products have become available with moisture lathering bars. These soap up produce a refreshing scent when you shave, cutting out the need for an extra shave prep.
  • Refillable Razors
    If you don’t mind a little elbow grease, you can save money by using a refillable razor. This means you only have to replace the carts when they get dull and can reuse the handle.
  • Disposable Razors
    If you still prefer to use ’em and toss ’em, disposable razors are always an option. They’re great for travel or stashing in your gym bag for easy use.
  • Removing Facial Hair
    There’s nothing wrong with shaving fail hair, although most women prefer methods that allow for more control, especially around the eyebrows and upper lip. More popular methods are waxing and tweezing.
  • The Tough Spots
    For ladies who are looking for a shave in those tricky, curvy spots, look for a high-quality razor designed to fit those curves. Apply as much shave gel as your skin can soak up and be gentle for a smooth shave.

The Knee of Above
Survey says…totally up to you. Forget the myth about shaving making hair grow back darker and thicker, just do what feels right!

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What’s Best: Manual Or Electric?

When it comes to choosing between manual and electric products, electric wins hands down, right? Why use your own energy when you can get it from somewhere else? Seldom do we hear of someone rejecting the use of a sewing machine in favor of a good old needle and thread, and does anyone even remember manual typewriters? Likewise, it seems beyond consideration that anyone in their right mind would fan themselves with a piece of paper if a table fan was an option.

Yes, when you consider the choices, it seems electricity is the clear winner, but are there ever times when you’re better off doing it the old fashioned way? After all, we have all heard the saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Let’s take a look at some common hygienic devices: the toothpaste and the razor to determine if we are ever better off doing it ourselves.

Woman brushing teeth

Toothbrushes
If you ask a child, they’ll go for the electric every time; after all you can’t beat the allure of the Spongebob handle, but, according to the ADA, manual toothbrushes can be just as effective. The key, say experts, is not in what you use, but how you use it. Kimberly Harms, DDS, says, “If you are a wonderful brusher and flosser than manual toothbrushes are just great.” However, she does allow that power devices can be better for those who have trouble physically maneuvering a toothbrush.

Cost
The cost of an electrically powered toothbrush can be triple the cost of its manual counterpart. Is it worth it? At 6,000 to 30,000 stroked per minute, it takes less time to do a thorough job with the electric version. However, the action may be a little intense for those with sensitive teeth and users also find the electric version difficult to store.

The Final Word
Braun Oral -B studied more than 16,000 patients after being asked to use a Braun Oral-B powered tooth brush. When asked, dental professionals said that the powered bush had a positive effect on the oral health of over 80% of the patients, with most participants claiming an improvement in the health of their mouths after using the device.

Electric Razors

The Pros
Electric razors are more time efficient; because electric razors force hairs up before cutting them, men don’t have to keep going over the same areas. They are also more portable than their manual counterparts and do not require items such as gels, soaps, shaving cream or even water for use, Electric razors also can be used to shape facial hair more accurately and reduce the probability of cuts, nicks, and ingrown hairs.

The Cons
Electric razors do not shave as closely as manual ones, and those with normal to heavy facial hair may find themselves having to shave more frequently with the electric versions. Electrics take time to get used to, and can lead to painful irritation in the process. The majority of powered razors cannot be used in the shower and are rather noisy.
Electric razors also need more attention when it comes to maintenance. They need to be cleaned ofter and require rechargeable batteries or an electrical outlet. Although the initial cost may be high, electric razors may actually be more cost effective than manual ones in the long run.

Manual Razors

manual razor

The Pros
Manual razors will provide the closest shave, keeping the need for touchups to a minimum. They are extremely easy to use and blades are easily replaced. Manual razors are easy to travel with and easy to keep clean. They are also usually the cheapest shaving option available, although their cost can add up over time.

The Cons
Shaving with a manual razor requires the use of grooming products, like shaving cream and aftershave. This not only necessitates the purchase of additional products, it also makes the shaving process take longer. Another negative aspect to the manual razor is the tendency of the blades to become dull. On the average, the blades of a manual razor need to be replaced every four to five shaves. Using a manual razor often requires join over the same area several times, which can increase the chance of getting nicked or cut, and a painless shave calls for water, making the manual razors the less versatile option.

So what do you think? Man power or electric? Let us know how you weigh in.