This Is the Worst Time to Shave in the Summer

This is a no-no when it comes to shaving this season.

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Time your shave session just right

Shaving wins points when it comes to a convenient and speedy way to remove body hair (Try Schick Intuition F.A.B. Razor). But it pays to time a session just right. “Shaving a few hours before you hit the beach or pool is a no-no. Your skin is vulnerable to the stinging effects of chlorine and salt water, as well as suntan lotions and sunscreens that contain alcohol,” says Christine Jew, brand manager for Women’s Shave at Edgewell Personal Care. “Plan ahead to avoid irritation.” Freshly shaved skin needs breathing room from daily essentials, like deodorant (We put these all-natural deodorant brands to the test!) and antiperspirant, too. Jew advises to let skin rest for at least 30 minutes before putting anything on it. “To save wait time in the morning, try shaving at night,” she says. Find out the 7 other ways you’re shaving your legs wrong, too.

For the smoothest results, your razor shouldn’t head off to a shaving party solo. Make shave gel its plus one. “Ingredients like lanolin and vitamin E can help replenish skin’s moisture, leaving your legs soft and healthy-looking. And the rich lather helps you see where you’ve shaved and where you haven’t — so with gel as your guide, no spots can hide!” says Jew. Try Gillette Venus with Olay Ultramoisture Shave Gel in Water Lily Kiss. You’ll want to commit these ways to prevent razor burn to your memory also.

Now that you know your shaving dos and don’ts, here’s your guide to getting the rest of your body beach-ready.

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