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« on: May 10, 2011 09:06:32 PM »

Okay, the teenage DD is begging me to let her use Nair, so she can quit shaving with a razor. No matter what she does, she tends to get razor burn. And I'd rather not get her started on using a chemical hair remover regularly.
She soaks in a tub or shower first to soften the hair, shaves with the direction of growth, keeps the razor clean(one site suggested cleaning them with alcohol to kill bacteria), and uses a moisturizing gel shaving cream. And smooths on lotion afterwards. I've run out of things to suggest.
I'd be thrilled to whip up a batch of  lotion or whatever if anyone can suggest something that works for them. Any ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2011 08:04:59 AM »

Could be a multitude of problems - is she shaving too frequently? Does she tend to have dry skin and if so does she exfoliate her legs first so there's less friction? Maybe it's the shaving cream or lotion, there could be chemicals in them she's sensitive to. Has she tried shaving with conditioner instead? The alcohol could keep bacteria at bay but maybe the blade is too dull and needs to be changed more frequently? Is she using a single or double blade, or something more expensive like a mach 3? Has she only just started shaving? Sometimes it takes your skin some time to get used to it. A couple things you can try to lessen the irritation: get some shave minimizing lotion. This softens the hair over time and I think even inhibits growth so you can shave less often; also try crushing up some aspirin into a fine powder (maybe 600 mg?) then mix it into a little cool water and apply this to her legs after shaving. It's an anti-inflammatory and may help with the irritation. I hope that helps! If you can answer some of the above questions maybe I can come up with more solutions.
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« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2011 03:27:57 PM »

Just good old cheap disposable razors, she's been shaving about a year. The exfoliation we've found does help, and shaving during a shower instead of a bath. We'll try the conditioner next-just changing one thing at a time right now. I've never head of shave minimizing lotion before, is it hard to find? And thanks for the aspirin tip, that's interesting.
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« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2011 07:57:57 AM »

It might also help a lot to try twin-blade razors. Even if you're still using the cheap ones, they seem to work better (at least in my experience) and that means less scraping of the skin over and over trying to get the hair. If that still doesn't work, go up to the expensive ones with a permanent handle and replaceable blades. I'm betting that will make a huge difference.
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« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2011 12:08:27 PM »

The only other things I can think of, aside from something in what she's already using is not agreeing with her skin, is maybe she's applying too much pressure when she shaves, or to also try an after-shaving gel for women. I use the skintimate brand one occasionally and it works great, I also get lazy occasionally and just use hair conditioner as shaving cream and it works just as well. 
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