Be it for the betterment of your personal hygiene or for the confidence you get in ridding unwanted hair from your body, any method that does not inflict pain is bound to be the method that many would opt for. Shaving is one of the many painless ways to do so. But do you know what you are getting yourself into? Read on to find out.
1. Stubble Trouble
Everything that grows would come in a cycle, a complete and infinite process, and the stubble that peeps up from the surface of your skin after a few days from shaving is not spared. Shaving does not affect the follicle beneath your skin but cuts the hair strands just before the first layer of your skin. Hence, you will definitely be facing an itch (literally so, for some areas of your body like underarms) to shave frequently and avoid the stubble.
2. Regular Upkeep Required
Be it shaving your face or any part of your body, it is no myth that to keep the areas hairless, you will need to spend a good amount of time to maintain them. It is like mowing the grass on your lawn or trimming that bush that you have in your garden. You will need to keep up with the routine to ensure that your physical appearance is in tiptop condition. It could be a daily routine in the shower or incorporated into your weekly home spa session to pamper yourself.
3. Nicks are Inevitable
Shaving in the direction of the hair growth probably would not give you a close shave, but doing so will reduce your chances of getting cuts and other types of irritation. To lower the chances of getting a cut, provide the razor traction by applying a lubricating shaving gel or cream on your skin. Do make sure that the razor you use is sharp and clean to help ensure that your skin does not have to bear treating any inflammation, should you cut yourself by accident.
Take your time to shave the curves, like your elbows and knees. They are the probably the curviest parts of the human body, apart from the tip of your nose. Hence, if you plan to strip yourself from any traces of hair from head to toe and be safe from a cut, go slow!
4. Razor Burns
It is no surprise that the hair on different parts of your body grows in different directions. As mentioned, always try to shave in the direction your hair is growing to prevent cuts. However, sometimes it is tempting to shave against the direction of your hair growth to get a closer, cleaner shave. By caving into this temptation, you risk getting razor burn that constitutes redness and rashes, an uncomfortable and unsightly skin condition that can occur after shaving.
Though tempting to ignore the risks and just go with achieving the cleanest shave, it is definitely quite an eyesore if the razor burns show up on your face or arms, if you are going through all the shaving to look your best in the name of vanity.
5. Causes Ingrown Hairs
Ingrown hairs are hair strands that have curled around and grown under your skin in every other possible way, rather than upward and outward. There are several reasons that cause that to happen. Dead skin is one of them. It can clog up a hair follicle, forcing and redirecting the growing hair to curl back into your skin instead of rising up from it. Hence, exfoliating is one of your best defences against ingrown hairs — no matter what method of hair removal you choose.
Though ingrown hairs are generally not serious, they can be uncomfortable and embarrassing. They may take the form of a raised, red bump (or a group of bumps) that looks like a pimple or a painful, boil-like sore. That is surely unpleasant and uncomfortable, that we would rather do without.
6. Darker & Thicker-looking Hair As a Result
You would probably have heard from people who have shaved, that they have darker and thicker hair growth after. It does not cause a change in your hair colour or hormones, or in any way cause any harm to your body. It is just the tip of your shaved hair taking a new flat and blunt ending, rather than a tapered form that it possessed when it first emerged from your skin. It may appear darker against the skin, simply because it’s more noticeable with the new flattop that you have just given it.
7. Darker Skin May Occur
There are many explanations on why skin experiences discolouration and one explanation that is closely related, is the irritation caused to your skin or the use of a deodorant.
Ingredients, like alcohol or fragrance found in deodorants, can be a major irritant to the skin. When the skin is irritated, inflammation reaction follows and pigment-making cells are stimulated to generate more pigment, hence causing the skin to become darker.
Fret not, there are many ways to keep your skin fair that includes just a simple step of applying a natural and unscented moisturising lotion to the area after shaving to reduce irritation.