Everyone wants silky, smooth skin before hitting the beach. However, the one thing you should never do before going to the beach might surprise you. Although it’s tempting, you should never shave your legs directly before going to the beach. Shaving right before heading to the beach can leave your skin prone to irritation. It can even result in prickly heat, which is a a rash that can develop after a person sweats far more than usual and sweat glands become blocked. Shaving opens up your pores and exposes your skin to elements such as sun, sand, salt and chlorine. In fact, you want to avoid shaving before jumping in the ocean at all costs. Salt water can get into your open pores and cause an intense burning sensation. To be safe, shave your legs the night before your vacation. This will give your pores time to close and prevent irritation.
Here are some more shaving tips to help keep your skin silky smooth all summer long:
- This also applies to waxing! Be sure to wax at least 24 hours before going to the beach.
- Always wear sunscreen. This is the best way to protect your skin from the sun.
- Change your razor blade regularly. If you use a dull razor, you risk getting razor burn. A bad razor can cause skin irritation and open your skin up to infections.
- Apply moisturizer after shaving. This will help protect your skin from the elements.
- Shave your bikini area 24 hours in advance to going to the beach or laying in the sun. This area is extra sensitive to the sun, sand, and chlorine.
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