Pretty much the same way you shave your face, just a little more carefully. Guys generally have more body hair to worry about than women and will have to deal with shaving more sensitive areas (i.e. the thighs) that many women don’t have to bother with. So your focus should be on maintaining your skin and avoiding razor burn and in-grown hairs. Unfortunately, there’s no sure-fire way to prevent in-growns and irritation, but practicing good shaving hygiene and being careful about what skincare products you use will help a lot. It will probably take some experimentation to see what works best for you.
Here’s a basic guide:
- The first time you shave, you may want to use a trimmer or scissors to get excess hair out of the way before you start.
- Soak for a bit in warm water and let your skin soften up
- Exfoliate with a washcloth or loofah before shaving
- Use a fresh, sharp razor and scent-free shaving cream
- Shave with the grain whenever possible
- Try to avoid going over the same spot more than once
- Rinse with cold water
- Apply an astringent such as witch hazel to shaved areas
- Finish up with a non-comedogenic moisturizer
- Give your skin room to breathe – don’t wear tights, leggings, or constrictive pants for the next 12 hours or so
- Make sure to exfoliate and moisturize between shaves to keep your skin clear and healthy.
NOTE: While certain razors may have different handles, extra moisturizer, or more blades, there are no major differences between men and women’s disposable razors – they’re all sharp pieces of metal on a stick. You’ll find many people swearing up and down that one or the other is better, but it’s really just a matter of preference.
Other options for at-home hair removal:
- Epilation, or pulling out hairs. This includes waxing and sugaring as well as mechanical epilators. Because you actually remove the hair, your skin feels much smoother for longer. However, it can be fairly painful and there’s a high likelyhood for in-grown hairs and skin irritation.
- Depilatory creams, such as Nair. These use special chemicals to break down hairs, allowing them to be scraped off the skin. However, these have a risk of causing chemical burns if used incorrectly or on sensitive skin, and the hair will still grow back at a normal rate, same as if you’d shaved.
NOTE: Beware of gadgets and ‘miracle’ products that seem too good to be true – they usually are.