Removing unwanted body hair seems to have been around forever, although it wasn’t until the early 1920s, when women started revealing more of their body, that shaving became a practice. Now, millions of women around the world are trying a variety of techniques to help them get rid of unwanted body hair.
Waxing, permanent hair removal, depilatory creams, and epilation are just a few of the methods women are using to remove unwanted body hair. Still, none of these methods is as popular and practical as shaving. Shaving is fast, convenient and you can do it at home, meaning if the situation calls for soft legs or armpits, you got them in just a few minutes.
But shaving, even though convenient and fast, can cause burns and ingrown hairs when not done correctly. Some products, including organic goat milk soap, can help exfoliate the skin and soften the hair so that shaving is smooth and painless.
We’ll be getting into that soon, but first, let’s see what makes shaving such a popular hair removal method and what you need to keep in mind when choosing it as your go-to technique for removing body hair.
Shaving – perks and drawbacks
Through shaving, body hair is removed by cutting it off at the base with a razor. Be it a reusable or disposable razor, the results are usually the same. Shaving is suited for your legs, armpits, bikini area and even arms, or basically any part of your body you don’t want to see fuzz on.
Shaving has become such a popular hair removal technique because it has many advantages, such as:
- It’s fast: this is one of the main advantages of shaving, as you can simply jump in the shower and come out with soft skin in just a few minutes.
- Easy to do: all you need for a good shave is a sharp razor and a shower gel, and the process is foolproof.
- It’s painless: waxing or epilating removes hair from the root, which is often painful, especially if you have thick, coarse hair, whereas shaving helps you get rid of unwanted hair with no pain.
- It’s inexpensive: razors are affordable and can be found at the drugstore, or almost any grocery store.
Just like any other hair removal method, shaving does not come without some drawbacks, especially when done incorrectly. Some of these are:
- Razor burns and cuts: remember that you are using a sharp razor on your skin, which means if you are not careful, you can easily cut yourself or get a nasty razor burn. Razor burns look like a rash that can cause itchiness and red bumps on the skin.
- Ingrown hairs: shaving causes the hair follicle to change the direction it grows, which can leave it trapped under your skin, causing what are called ingrown hairs. This is probably the biggest disadvantage of shaving.
- Spots on your skin: shaving regularly can cause red or dark spots to appear on your skin, as the hair is removed from the surface and not the roots.
- May not be suited for sensitive skin: if you have sensitive skin, you can easily get razor burns or irritations after shaving, because the razor also removes a very, very thin layer of skin in the process as well.
- Hair grows back relatively quick: unfortunately, if you choose to shave, you will have to so do every few days, because hair grows back pretty fast. If you have been blessed with thin, light-colored hair, you can get away with not shaving for 4-7 days, but if your hair is thick and dark, you may have to shave every other day.
Can organic goat milk soap help with shaving?
As you can see, shaving does have its disadvantages. The good news is, there is one product that can help make shaving safer, smoother and more convenient – organic goat milk soap. Organic goat milk soap is made through saponification, a traditional soap-making process, meaning it is natural, rich in good fats and nourishing for the skin.
When you shave, it is recommended that you exfoliate and moisturize your skin, so that the hair is cut as close to the root as possible. However, many shower gels or shaving creams contain several chemicals that can actually end up making your skin dryer. Organic goat milk soap, on the other hand, can give your skin exactly what it needs for a smooth shave, making many of the abovementioned drawbacks disappear.
Goat milk is rich in fatty acids and cholesterol, two components that are naturally present in your skin as well and prevent it from getting dry or irritated. When you shave, you remove a thin layer of skin as well, meaning you need immediate moisturizing and protection to prevent razor burns, rashes or pimples.
Goat milk soap also contains lactic acid, a natural alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA), which is also an exfoliator. Lactic acid is one of the gentlest AHAs, making it perfect for sensitive skin as well. This ensures your body is exfoliated and ready to be shaved.
Tips for achieving a smooth, safe shave
By using goat milk soap, you get a moisturizer and gentle exfoliator in one single product, which is a significant advantage when shaving. But what else can you do to ensure a silky-smooth shave that lasts longer? Here’s the step-by-step process:
- Hydrate: soak the area you plan to shave under warm water, to open the pores and make shaving smoother
- Exfoliate: to remove dry skin and break open any bumps caused by ingrown hairs, use a gentle exfoliator such as a light scrub or even goat milk soap.
- Protect your skin: using a product that prevents moisture loss, such as shaving foams or goat milk soap, helps reduce the risk of irritation and adds a protective layer that helps you avoid cuts, as the razor glides smoothly onto your skin.
- Use a good razor: razors usually last 5-10 shaves, but make sure you throw it away the moment it stops being sharp and clean, to avoid irritation or infections. For smoother results, always shave against the direction of hair growth.
- Moisturize: when you’ve finished, rinse good, pat the skin dry, and use a good moisturizer to avoid your skin getting dry. Gently washing your skin with goat milk soap can prevent moisture loss and irritation.