SHAVING is a time consuming task, made even worse when little red bumps appear over your legs.
These are known as shaving rash or shaving bumps and can be painful despite how small they are.
Shaving bumps can be an unwanted side effect of silky smooth legs
How to shave your legs without getting bumps?
Shaving is a regular part of the shower routine for many people.
Whether you’re shaving in a rush before the commute or having a luxurious bath in a weekly self care ritual, you might end up with pesky red dots after shaving.
The best way to avoid them is by using a fresh razor, these have less bacteria which cause the bumps.
You should replace your razor every five to seven shaves to keep it fresh and hygienic.
If you don’t have a fresh razor handy use plenty of soap and clean your legs and the blade before shaving.
In case this doesn’t work a warm towel can be used to reduce the redness and bumps because heat helps kill the bacteria.
Many women will apply fake tan after shaving, if you’ve got red dots this can leave your tan speckled.
Self-tanning guru James Read recommends grabbing a packet of frozen peas and running them down your legs before applying your St Tropez.
He told Byrdie: “This will seal the pores in your legs, so you don’t end up with those annoying dots after self-tanning.”
Why do you get red dots after shaving?
Leaving your razor in the shower exposes the blades to bacteria which can cause the little red bumps on your skin.
Old razors can pick up soap and small hairs that allow the unwanted bacteria to grow.
The easiest solution? Replace your razor frequently, which can help stop the spread of bacteria.
Wearing cotton clothing that allows the skin to breathe stops bacteria from growing, too.
If you are willing to put yourself through the pain, waxing is a more hygienic form of hair removal.
Hair removal creams are a quick, pain-free fix or you can even try exfoliating hair removal pads.
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