How to prevent shaving rash on your legs and bikini line

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Shaving rash plaguing your legs or bikini line? Here's how to prevent it, and treat irritation or redness.

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Q. I get terrible shaving rash on my legs and bikini line. How can I treat it, or even stop it happening?

We went straight to Venus Beauty Therapist Nathalie Eleni for this one. Here are her top tips for the perfect shave.

How to prevent shaving rash


Step 1: Always make sure you prep the skin well, which involves hydrating the hair and lubricating the skin. Soaking for 2-3 minutes is ideal, after 15 to 20 minutes, water causes your skin to wrinkle and swell slightly, resulting in a shave that's not as close as you'd like.

Step 2: Apply a generous amount of moisture-rich shave gel, such as Venus SatinCare Pure & Delicate shave gel, to help keep the water in the hair and to ensure your razor glides easily over the skin. Soap might clog the razor, and add to dryness and flaking.

Step 3: Choose your razor wisely, making sure it is well equipped for the job. Fresh blades provide a closer, smoother, more comfortable shave and can help prevent cuts and irritation too. You should replace your razor blades at the first sign of dullness or discomfort.

Step 4: Use a light touch! Exert as little pressure as possible and shave in the direction that feels most comfortable. Re-lather before shaving the bikini line and other sensitive areas.

Step 5: Leave hard-to-shave spots for last. The backs of knees and thighs, and areas like ankles where the bone is close to the skin surface, are often the most difficult to shave.

Step 6: Rinse skin thoroughly after shaving, and then pat dry. Don't rub skin harshly and don't dry off completely. The extra water on your skin will be sealed in as you apply moisturiser, helping to eliminate dry or flaky skin.

How to treat shaving rash and irritation


Use shaving products specifically designed for women with sensitive skin (like the Venus ProSkin Sensitive razor), if you're prone to irritation.

The best way to treat any shaving rash that does occur, is to apply calomine lotion after shaving, to soothe the skin and reduce redness. Other great products for calming the skin include chamomile and aloe vera gels to cool and soothe.

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