Shaving, in general, can present certain obstacles to ladies, particularly shaving your armpits. For the most part, the area under your arm stays in the dark most of the time, and with the sweat glands present in the area that aren’t on your legs or bikini line, there is much more risk for infections from cuts or ingrown hairs. Sweat, and moisture tend to pool in the armpit, usually combined with the residue left behind from your deodorant. To avoid rashes, ingrown hairs, and infections while still keeping a close shave, there are some simple steps you can take before, and during your shave.
While it isn’t absolutely necessary, shaving your underarms at night can be helpful because it gives the sensitive skin time to heal as you sleep without the need to apply deodorant, which may irritate the skin. After all, the razor is likely to take, at least some, of the protective layer of skin as you shave so giving adequate time for the area to recover is always a good idea.
As with any other shaving process, the first thing you need to do is cleanse the area with warm water and soap. Especially on your armpit, where clumps of deodorant can clog your razor between passes, or seep into a cut or open pore causing an ingrown hair or an infection. After washing with soap, use an exfoliating soap to help get rid of dead skin cells, or any stubborn foreign substances that the soap may not have completely removed. You may want to apply a warm washcloth for a couple of minutes afterward to ensure that the pores under your arms are open, which will aid in that silky shave you want.
Once you’re thoroughly clean, make sure that you have a sharp razor blade. Dull blades are more likely to cause cuts. Apply a small amount of shaving cream before making any passes with the razor.
Raising your arm over your head is the best way to reach your armpit, and pulls the loose skin nice and tight before you begin shaving. If you have particularly sensitive skin, you may want to try to shave with the grain, otherwise, it’s okay to shave in all directions. Using as little pressure as possible, shave up, down, and then side to side to cover the entire area, rinsing your razor frequently. Try to rinse your blade after each pass so that you can be sure there are no clogs between your blades, or clumps of hairs blocking the blades. The cleaner the razor blades are, the closer the shave will be.
While warm water opens up the pores, cool water can help to close them. Rinsing with cool water after you shave can help prevent infections by shrinking them more quickly. Afterward, pat them dry with a towel. If you have shaved at the end of the day, you can avoid putting deodorant on until morning, but if you had to shave in the morning, or before going out, wait as long as you can before putting any deodorants or antiperspirants on. The chemicals could sting the freshly shaved and exfoliated skin, and needs as much time as possible to heal.
You might think that your armpits maintain enough moisture on their own, but you still need to provide healthy moisture to the skin under your arms after shaving. The moisture you’re thinking of usually comes from sweat, and isn’t good for keeping your skin hydrated in a healthy manner. Coconut oil is a good option, or you can look for deodorants that have moisturizers, like avocado oil, in them. You need hydration that will help the skin rejuvenate after the trauma of a razor blade skimming across it a few times, so it’s worth the extra few minutes to apply a moisturizer with the correct pH balance for your underarms, or spend the extra money for a good moisturizing deodorant.
Taking care of your skin is a huge part in a clean, close shave, but also in a healthier shave. You can keep your armpits smooth, and hydrated while reducing the risk of rashes, ingrown hairs, or infections from shaving with a few simple tips. Your underarms will definitely thank you for the few extra minutes.