With so much information on shaving out there, sometimes it can be hard to separate fact from fiction. Here are 14 of the most common shaving myths, debunked.
Genetics and hormones impact body hair colour, thickness and growth, not shaving. A razor blade cuts away hairs at the skin’s surface, which can make the cut hairs appear thicker and darker as they grow back. And, how quickly hair grows can vary, too. Underarm hair, for example, grows about 50 percent faster than leg hair. Learn more about this body hair myth.
A blunt razor blade can actually causes more scratches, cuts and skin irritation than a new, sharp blade. Blunt blades can pull at your body hair and feel rough when gliding across your skin, which can result in more irritation post-shave. Sharp razors move more smoothly across the skin, and a light touch on the razor is all you need to get the job done. Using a sharp razor also leads to a better and quicker shave, whereas a dull razor might require a few passes over the same area to effectively cut the hairs at the surface, increasing the chances of irritating your skin. If you think your razor blade is dull, it’s time to replace it.
Applying too much pressure to your razor blade increases the chances of scratches and cuts. As long as your razor blade is sharp, press lightly on the handle and let the blade do the work for you.
Shaving over the same spot multiple times could irritate your skin. If the first pass of a razor doesn’t give you a close enough shave, reapply shaving gel and gently re-shave over the area. If you’re still having trouble achieving a clean shave, it may be time to change your razor blade or to try one with more blades.
You will not shave off your tan. Regular shaving can actually enhance your tan by helping to remove any flaky, dead skin.
You should never share razors for design and hygiene reasons. Using someone else’s razor blade can cause infections if you get scratched or cut. What’s more, razors are designed differently for men and women; razors for men are typically crafted with just facial hair in mind, whereas women’s razors are designed specifically to shave larger and curvier areas, such as your legs. Learn more about why you shouldn’t share razors.
Shaving gels preserve moisture and help protect your skin from irritation. Shaving with just soap will dry out your skin and increase the chances of irritation. Find out how to choose the best shaving creams and gels.
Shaving dry skin can cause razor burn, ingrown hairs and skin irritation. Soaking the area you plan to shave for three to five minutes softens hair follicles and helps the razor glide across your skin.
How you shave is more important than how often you shave. You can shave every day, if preferred, as long as you do it correctly to protect your skin from irritation.
Allowing your skin time to recover after shaving minimises the chances of irritation, especially for sensitive areas like underarms. However, you can shave the day of an event by following the appropriate shaving steps.
A sharp razor blade can shave off dry and flaky skin cells along with cut body hairs. So, shaving properly actually helps you maintain healthier skin. Make sure to also apply a moisturising lotion or oil after you shave to help keep your skin hydrated.
Choosing to shave or not to shave in winter is a personal preference. With that said, shaving can remove layers of dead skin and reduce friction from body hair rubbing against clothes, which helps to prevent chafing and agitating dry skin caused by the harsh winter weather.
Borrowing someone else’s razor might sound convenient, but there are design and hygienic reasons for why sharing razors isn’t a good idea.
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