Ultimate Guide to Women's Razors
With our lady shavers & razors guide, you can find out everything you need to know before buying or using the product including how often should I shave and how do I shave. If you're ready to buy or want to see our selection, visit our women's razors page.
Women's Razors FAQs
How often should I shave?
How often you shave depends on personal preference and the speed at which your hair regrows; how quickly hair grows also depends on the area of the body. Most women find that hair on the legs, armpits and bikini line grows back within two to three days so, if you want to keep skin soft and smooth, it is recommended that you shave every one to three days. If you prefer to style and trim, try shaving every three to five days.
Shaving on a daily basis is not necessary unless you want to maintain a completely hairless look. However, using a razor every day can cause irritation and lead to ingrown hairs as not only do they remove hair but they also take off a layer of skin cells each time.
How do I shave?
Ensure that you have soaked skin in warm water for five minutes before shaving. This allows your skin and hair follicles to soften and prevents oil and dead skin cells from clogging the razor blade. Next, apply a shaving cream or gel to the area you want to remove hair from. Formulas that use aloe vera or other soothing ingredients are great, especially if you have sensitive skin. Using a new or sharp razor, shave in the direction that the hair grows. A dull blade and going 'against the grain' can lead to irritation, ingrown hairs, bumps and cuts. After each swipe, rinse the razor with clean water to prevent it from clogging and causing infection.
Once you have finished shaving, rinse the area with clean water. You can also rinse with cold water to help pores and follicles close up. Store your razor in a dry place – do not leave it in the shower – to prevent bacteria from growing. If it is a disposable razor, be sure to throw it away after use. Pat dry your skin with a towel and follow up with a fragrance-free moisturiser.
What kind of products should I use after shaving?
Once you have shaved, it is important to immediately apply a moisturiser or cooling gel to the area. Formulas that include ingredients such as aloe vera, rose extract or witch hazel are great options as they work to soothe and hydrate skin. Try to avoid moisturisers that are heavily fragranced or that contain high amounts of alcohol and water, especially around sensitive areas such as the bikini line, as they can cause irritation and itching. You can also use hypoallergenic oils or balms to soothe skin after shaving.
Using a moisturising formula after shaving is essential if you want to avoid razor burn, irritation, ingrown hairs and dry skin. Not only do they help to hydrate, but they also help your shave last longer and skin feel smoother.
How do I get rid of razor bumps and razor burn?
Razor bumps and razor burn appear when the hair follicle is clogged with an ingrown hair. To get rid of razor bumps fast, try gently exfoliating the area with a loofah or a sponge and cleanser. This can help the trapped hair to re-emerge quicker. Other formulas that utilise exfoliating ingredients, such as salicylic acid and glycolic acid, can also help get rid of razor bumps. We recommend carrying out a patch test before applying to affected areas.
If the razor bumps are inflamed and taking longer to heal, then you can apply a topical cream. Coconut oil, aloe vera, witch hazel and tea tree oil are also great at-home remedies that help soothe and calm inflammation.
Razor bumps and razor burn will clear up eventually if you give it time. Be sure to avoid shaving the affected area while redness, irritation or bumps are present. When shaving next time, use a clean, sharp razor and follow up with a moisturiser.