Shaving Dos and Don’ts
So you’ve noticed that your body has started to change. Your breasts start growing, you perhaps have your first period, and you begin to grow hair under your arms and pubic areas (on and around your genital area). It becomes thicker and more visible, even on your legs. You might also start to notice an odour when you sweat that was probably not there before.
Body changes and hair growth are completely normal chomas. Although it might seem awkward at first, you soon begin to realise that it's a perfectly natural part of growing up. Some people feel pressured to get rid of body hair immediately, while others feel fine leaving their hair to grow. At the end of the day, it is your choice. As long as you know how to take care of yourself and your hygiene you should be fine.
You don't have to start shaving immediately after your body starts growing hair, there is no rush. But, if you feel like you will be more comfortable with less hair under your arms and pubic areas, then that is still all right.
If you've never shaved your armpits, legs or pubic areas and are scared to even try to because you are scared of cutting yourself don’t worry choma, here's a quick guide.
It is simple to accidentally cut yourself when shaving, especially for the first time. So here are ways to avoid cutting yourself while shaving:
- Try and shave in a warm bathtub or shower. This is because water will make your skin softer making it easier to shave without getting a cut.
- Before shaving, soak your skin for a few minutes before. Then apply large amount of shaving cream or rub a bar of soap. Leave the cream or soap on your skin for at least five minutes before you start shaving.
- To prevent your skin from being burnt from the razor, make sure you shave in the direction of where your hair is growing. So if your hair grows downwards, shave downwards.
- Take your time, there is no need to be in a hurry when you are shaving. It's important to shave slowly and gently. Don't push down too hard with the razor. If you rush, you're likely to cut your skin. • Change your razors regularly. An overused blade can cause rash by irritating your skin. You can also cut your skin more easily with an overused blade.
- Never share your razors with friends or family.
- When shaving around your knees and ankles, be extra careful to not cut yourself, this is due to the shape of your ankles and knees.
- After shaving your skin and cleaning and cleaning your razor, moisturise it with your favourite lotion. This will help keep skin from drying out. Thoroughly wash the razor with soap and warm water.
If you find that your hands are shaky, perhaps wait a while until you are confident. It's better to use a blade with a handle, than one without one because you could easily cut yourself with a loose blade. It’s very important that you use a new blade and not one that is already used by someone else. Don't use one that is rusted or that is dirty because you put yourself at risk of getting an infection.
Lastly, if you don’t have body hair, don't shave. You could cut your skin or get skin irritation from using a blade.
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