Want a Smooth, Safe Shave Every Time? Try These 10 Tips

Young woman shaving her leg

For some of us trying to get a good shave, it can seem like hit or miss. You might wonder why you don’t always get a smooth result.

There are some ways to get a smoother, safer shave, says Sondra Powell, manager of Cleveland Clinic’s Aesthetics Program. She says of all the ways to remove unwanted hair, razors are ideal. “Using a razor represents the easiest and most convenient way to remove unwanted hair,” she says.

10 tips for a closer shave

Many men and women don’t like shaving and view it as a necessary evil. Ms. Powell shares these tips to help make your shaving ritual more enjoyable and effective:

1. Never dry shave. Dry shaving increases the risk of cuts and irritation, Ms. Powell says. It also keeps you from making the most of one of shaving’s benefits: exfoliation. You’ll get a more effective exfoliation if you soften your skin first, which is why she recommends shaving near the end of your bath or shower time. S

2. Exfoliate. “Don’t forget that you can use the classic exfoliation products like loofahs and bath scrubs prior to shaving,” says Ms. Powell. Exfoliating first helps keep the razor from getting overloaded with dead skin cells, which reduces its efficiency.

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