How to Shave Your Arms

Shaving your arms properly limits the chances of razor burn, ingrown hairs and skin irritation. Discover essential tips on how to shave your arms. Learning how to shave your underarms properly can protect your skin from razor burn, ingrown hairs and skin irritation. This is particularly important if you plan to shave frequently to maintain smooth skin.

Does shaving your underarms make hair grow back faster and thicker?

If you’re worried the hair will grow back faster and thicker just because you shaved your arms, rest assured it won’t. Shaving removes hair at the skin's surface and not the root, so the cut hairs can appear to grow back faster, and thicker because of the cut, blunt tops; however, hair regrowth is based on genetics. Learn more about different hair removal methods, both surface and root solutions, to find out what works best for your lifestyle and preferred arm hair maintenance. And, when it comes to shaving your arms, here are some fundamental tips to optimise your experience.

Step 1

Trim longer arm hair as needed

If your arm hair is long and thick, consider trimming it down with an electric razor, trimmer or a pair of scissors before using a razor to shave. This helps keep your razor blade sharper for longer and helps prevent re-shaving over any areas with longer hair, which can cause skin irritation.

Step 2

Soak your arms in warm water

Shaving dry skin leads to more scratches, razor burn and bumps. Ensure your arms are well-hydrated before you shave by soaking them in warm water by taking a bath or shower for about three to five minutes. What’s more, washing your arms first has the added benefit of making sure your skin is clean when you shave, further reducing the chances of skin irritation.

Step 3

Exfoliate before you shave

Exfoliation helps keep your skin healthy by removing dead skin, which can increase razor bumps and rashes. Grab a gentle scrub or loofah and gently rub your arms to exfoliate your skin and clear any loose hair and dead cells.

Step 4

Apply shaving gel

Use shaving gel to preserve moisture and allow your razor blade to glide across your skin easily to prevent razor burn and bumps. Shaving gel also helps you see where you have shaved so you do not accidentally re-shave over any areas and irritate your skin.

Step 5

Use a sharp razor

Always use a sharp razor blade when shaving to protect your skin from razor rashes, ingrown hairs and skin irritation. Blades generally last 5 to 10 shaves, however the best sign it’s time to change your blade is if it becomes blunt. Blunt razor blades can pull at body hair, feel rough on your skin and cause more scratches, cuts and irritation.

Step 6

Shave your arms in sections

Since arms are curvy and have areas that are hard to see and reach, try shaving in sections, such as from your elbow to your wrist and then from your shoulder to your elbow. Shave in the direction of the hair growth to limit skin irritation. Rinse your razor after each stroke to keep the blades clear of shaving cream and cut hairs. If shaving in the direction of the hair growth doesn’t result in a close enough shave, reapply shaving gel and carefully shave against the grain.

Step 7

Take your time while shaving your arms

It’s important to take your time when shaving, especially when shaving your arms because of all the curves and hard-to-see areas. Shave in light, steady strokes, and take extra care around bony elbows. Try bending your arm when shaving from your elbow to help prevent scratches and cuts.

Step 8

Moisturise your skin

After you finish shaving, rinse off your arms and gently pat the skin dry with a clean towel. Apply a moisturising lotion or oil, preferably alcohol-free, to help maintain moisture. Make sure you also rinse off and clean your razor, then set it aside to dry.

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