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Body Shaving: Can you, should you, will you?

You can remove hair from your whole body by shaving but do you really want to? The problem with shaving is that it has to be repeated pretty frequently to allow you to stay hair free and it can leave you with unsightly rough stubble on your body until you get round to it again.

Unfortunately for women stubbly regrowth is seen as even less attractive than the hair you're trying to get rid of so for most women shaving should be confined to those areas where it is common to shave - legs and underarms - and shaving should be done before any regrowth is visible - probably every day or two.

For men the question should be whether you want to remove body hair at all if you have to resort to shaving it all off so often. Body hair on men is seen as quite macho although it may very well hide all the hard work you do in the gym. Be careful though that the hair is not hiding a multitude of sins - a flabby white chest and paunch looks worse in a bare state. If you feel you want or need to be smooth for aesthetic reasons then think about other methods of hair removal such as waxing, electrolysis or laser hair removal. You will be smoother for longer than if you shave your body.

On the other hand in many respects body shaving is a pretty easy, painless and inexpensive way of removing excess body hair and may be quite an attractive treatment for you for those reasons depending on your circumstances. You may not be able to stand the pain of waxing - the most popular method of removing body hair - or you may not have the time or money for electrolysis or laser hair removal sessions. Shaving may then be a viable alternative hair remover method.

So if you decide to try shaving, how should you go about it? Here are some tips :-

  1. Enlist the help of a friend because you are more likely to cut yourself if you try to shave hard to reach places yourself.
  2. If you have longish body hair use a body trimmer first of all to shorten the unwanted hair.
  3. Have a warm bath or shower before shaving
  4. Use a new blade - its sharper so it's less likely to cut your hair rather than your skin and more hygienic. You may find you need several blades to get through the excess hair on your whole body. You may find the disposable razors sold for women to do their legs work best on body hair than those designed for mens' beards.
  5. Use a good clear shaving gel so that you can see what you are doing and let it soften the hair for a moment or two before you begin.
  6. Pull the skin taut as you shave and use light pressure skimming the razor over the surface of the skin to avoid nicks in the direction of hair growth
  7. After shaving rinse the skin and pat dry. Avoid harsh after shave lotions and opt for a non perfumed moisturizing lotion.
  8. Don't forget to clear up all the hair you leave behind after your hair removing session. No one will thank you to find the results of your body shaving session around the bathroom!

Regrowth can be very irritating in some areas of the body and you can get a shaving rash or worse, folliculitis (infection of the hair follicles). The above tips should minimize the risk of these problems but in any case always keep shaved areas clean, wear loose fitting cotton clothes if the skin is irritated and don't shave again until it has settled down. With regular shaving the skin eventually gets less sensitive to the process very much like shaving the face for men. Be sure to exfoliate your skin with a body buffer or loofa in the shower every day to avoid ingrown hairs. If you get folliculitis visit your doctor for advice. He or she will probably prescribe a topical or oral antibiotic.

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