We’d probably all say we know how to shave. I mean, how hard can a few strokes with a razor really be? But knowing how to do it properly results in the perfect long-lasting shave. We caught up with the Gillette Venus Scientific Communications Manager Adam Boulding to hear his tips and tricks for achieving soft, smooth, hair-free skin that lasts...  

  • Shave with a fresh blade, which provides a closer, smoother, more comfortable shave and can help prevent cuts and irritation. Women should replace blades at the first sign of dullness or discomfort. On average, women replace blades after 10 shaves.
  • Soaking in a warm bath or shower for about three minutes softens hair and causes it to expand so that it’s easier to cut.
  • Shave against the direction of hair growth, which means upwards on the legs. Hairs on the underarm grow in random directions, so you may need to use the razor in a multitude of directions.
  • When shaving any area of your body, use a light touch, exerting as little pressure as possible.
  • Always use a shave prep – gel or foam – to aid your shave and help prevent drag across the skin. Soaps, such as shower gels and shampoos, will remove the skin’s oils and make it dry, especially on your legs, where you naturally have fewer oil skin glands and thinner skin.
  • Rinse skin thoroughly after shaving, then pat skin dry. Don’t rub harshly, and don’t dry off completely. The extra water on your body will be sealed in as you apply moisturiser, helping to eliminate dry, flaky skin. You can also use camomile lotion or an aloe vera gel after shaving, to soothe skin and reduce redness in the more sensitive areas.