We know shaving can feel like a chore. And if you're prone to skin irritation like razor burn and ingrown hairs, there's an extra layer of, I don't want to do this. I say this from experience as someone with coarse hair who has battled ingrown hairs since I started shaving as a pre-teen. So what can you do to prevent razor burn and ingrown hairs?
Well, for starters, it's all in the skin prep. We've all been in a rush, reached for a razor, and swiped it across our dry skin. That is a big no-no. When shaving, you want to ensure your skin is damp and has had at least five minutes of water exposure. Then, you can apply a shaving cream or gel before cutting the hair away.
Additionally, pre-shaving exfoliation is essential—especially for those prone to ingrowns—along with an arsenal of body care products that will help replenish moisture and exfoliate the skin simultaneously (think a body lotion with AHAs).
One more helpful tip that might just be the most strategic of all? Opting for an electric razor. These days, the updated technology helps electric razors give a close shave that is gentler on the skin and better for the planet. Below, we're sharing a few of our top electric razor picks alongside our favorite shaving skincare essentials. Keep scrolling for more!
RoseSkinCo. 4D Shaver
Panasonic Close Curves Electric Shaver for Women
For sensitive areas, this rechargeable three-blade cordless, water-resistant trimmer is an excellent option. Designed with four lengths and rounded blades that help combat irritation, the water-resistant electric shaver can be used in and out of the shower with or without shaving cream.
Meridian The Trimmer
Eeska 2-in-1 Electric Razor for Women
Philips SatinShave Advanced Women’s Electric Shaver
Braun Silk-épil 5-620 3-in-1 Women's Cordless Wet & Dry Epilator
With nearly a five-star rating, this epilator claims to keep skin smooth for up to four weeks because of the ability to remove four times shorter hair than wax. We see why it's a fan favorite. It's also an excellent option for new shavers and removes hair in one stroke.
Brori Electric Razor for Women
Reviewers say this is your match if you're looking for an electric shaver that can effortlessly tackle large and intimate areas. With three speeds, hypoallergenic blades, and a battery that recharges quickly, you can shave your legs, arms, back, armpits, and bikini lines without irritation.
Remington Smooth & Silky Rechargeable 3 Blade Shaver System
Spa Sciences Ziva Lady Shaver
Shop the Shaving Skincare Essentials We Love
Shaving can mean unwanted ingrown hairs, but exfoliation is a simple way to keep them at bay. If you're a fan of chemical exfoliators, you'll love this 3-in-1 body treatment that acts as a scrub, peel, and mask that will slough away dead skin and help reveal smoother skin.
Body brushing is an every other day ritual for me, and using this stunning marble brush makes that task much more fun and glamorous. Made with a hand-assembled marble base and sisal bristles, this is a luxe experience that takes care of our body's largest organ.
Using this fragrance-free buffing bar after a day in the sun or once a week as an exfoliator keeps my skin looking and feeling its best. The hydrating bar is formulated with organic shea butter, aloe, and glycerin, which sloughs away dead skin, keeps stubborn ingrown hairs in check, and helps smooth keratosis pilaris.