The livin’ may be easy in the summertime, but there’s one beauty task most women add more of when the weather warms up: shaving. And after a long winter of leg-concealing jeans, a close shave will make you feel smooth and summer-ready.
Give your skin a little love with some of our best tips for summer skincare, so you can get out of the shower and into the sunshine.
1. Remove Dull Skin
Shaving removes more than just unwanted hair; it gets rid of dead skin cells, dry skin and unflattering flakes. This exfoliation is key to a healthy glow and fresh-looking skin.
Before shaving, soak your skin in warm water and apply a rich and creamy shave gel, like Gillette Venus with Olay Moisturizing Shower & Shave Cream. Then use a new Gillette Venus and Olay Razor to remove those pesky hairs along with any dry, dead skin you may have.
2. Take Extra Care for Bikini Line
For super-sensitive spots like the bikini area, you need to take extra care. Soak a bit longer since these hairs are usually coarser than leg or other body hair. Hold the skin taut to your body to avoid painful snags and nicks as you shave against hair growth to shorten hairs, then with the direction of growth to get rid of any super-short hairs.
Tip: Wait at least 24 hours before hitting the beach or pool, since your newly shaved area will be sensitive to the sun, salt and chlorine.
3. Be Prepared
If you are away for the weekend or in case you notice some missed stray hairs once you’re out in the sunshine, be proactive and have a disposable razor waiting in your beach bag. That way you’ll be ready for any last-minute touch-ups and leave your skin with a smooth, close shave. Be sure to prep skin as you would at home and clean your razor thoroughly if you plan to use it again before disposal.
Shaving will leave remove dead skin cells and leave new skin at the surface, so be sure you use a moisturizing body wash – like Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash with Shea Butter – in the shower. Post-shave, do a quick cold-water rinse to close pores, and while your skin is still a bit damp, slather on a moisturizer that contains SPF.
Once your skin is smooth, moisturized and protected from the sun, you’re ready for whatever summer style you can come up with. What’s your go-to summer look? Let us know in the comments!