Shaving is the best method to remove unwanted hair from the chest for temporary results, if you are wary of waxing or trying out any other method. Shaving should be done carefully. Using a razor can cut, scrape or bruise the skin easily, so it has to be done with enough care.
To shave chest hair, use a sharp blade to get rid of that ugly, unruly growth of curls. New blade, less pressure, no ingrown hair problem, and no bumps and red blisters on the skin are the vital points that one should keep in mind before using a blade on chest.
Here Are Some Top Tips for Shaving Chest Hair
Putting a sharp blade near the chest should be done with utter care. Any mistake can result in unnecessary bleeding and scars. The following points should be remembered while shaving.
Which Razor To Use: Electric or Manual?
Find a good shaving device that gives you the desired result. Try and always use a new blade when you shave your chest. Take a sharp blade and start shaving. Single, multiple, or disposable blade is good. Using a manual razor or electric shaver does not really matter as long as you are comfortable and are happy with the results.
Trim Long Chest Hair or No?
If your hair is long, trim it down before shaving the chest. You can use scissors, but a hair trimmer works better. Make sure you cut the hair as short as possible. It is not safe to shave long hair. It could result in plucked hair.
Plucked hair can result in ingrown hair problem, red bumps etc. Use sharp clippers or scissors and a comb to avoid cutting the skin while trimming the long chest curls.
How Do I Know My Blade or Razor Is Old?
A thumb rule to know whether a razor is old or not, is to see if you are applying pressure while shaving. If yes then replace it with a new one. Blunt razors result in ingrown hair, and hinder smooth shaving.
Do not take worn out, rusted, and old razors. It maximizes the chances of cuts, scrapes, and abrasions. Also, if your razor starts dragging, it’s time for a new blade.
When To Shave?
Shaving while in or after shower makes it easier to remove hair because the lukewarm water or the steam opens up the skin pores and aids in the process. It’s best if your skin can be moistened for five or more minutes before you shave your chest, if you do not want to shower.
What to Use: Shaving Gel or Soap?
Use a lubricant or gel that does not have harsh chemicals to irritate the skin but has moisturizer in it and helps the blade move easily across the skin as you shave your chest. Or use a good shaving gel to lather the skin. If possible avoid soap. Leave the gel on the skin for a minute or two to further soften and moisten it.
Shaving gel softens the hair and aids in easy shave. It also helps the blade glide on the skin without scraping the skin surface. Soap on the other hand does not aid in the process as good as a gel would.
How To Shave Chest Hair?
Use gentle strokes; do not apply too much pressure. Shave your chest hairs down, and then in upward and all the directions. You may discover that you have hair right at the edge of your nipples. Take care around this area not to nick yourself.
Do not shave over the same area repeatedly. It will irritate the skin. Shave against the direction of the normal hair growth after shaving it along the natural growth; this will result in close shave and smooth skin.
Also, make sure that you rinse the blade in water between two strokes to remove any stuck hair in the razor. If not the result is not desired, and also you run the risk of plucking them and causing red bumps.
Tips After Shaving:
After shaving thoroughly rinse with lukewarm water. Rinse with cold water to soothe the skin. Rub your chest with an ice cube. This helps close the pores and calm and tone the skin.
Dry your chest with a clean and soft towel. Don’t rub the skin; it can irritate the newly shaved area. Dust some talcum powder to help the skin from burning and from becoming inflamed.
Or when you are done, rinse the skin and apply a good moisturizer. If you experience any itching and irritation rub ice cubes. Wear clothes that are not skin tight especially after you shave your chest to avoid skin irritations.
These are some of the tips on how to shave chest hair properly and without running the risk of hurting or damaging the skin. A little patience and practice can make shaving one of the most viable and easy ways to remove chest hair.