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How to Shave Your Armpits the Right Way

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Shaving should be a simple task, but for one reason or another many of us dread it, even more so when it comes to shaving our underarms. Time is always a factor, but the real reason so many of us hate shaving our armpits is because of the possibility of nicks and post-shaving irritation. Bumps, scrapes, and razor burn are no fun, especially when they’re located in such a sensitive area.

Whether you’re a seasoned groomer or just entering the delightful stage called puberty that we look back on so fondly (that’s sarcasm) — everyone could benefit from a few expert tips.

Of course, it’s important to note that body hair, or the lack thereof, is a personal choice. However, if you’re reading this, we can only assume you’ve made the conscious decision to get rid of yours in your underarm area. And with a few tips and the right tools, we have no doubt the experience will go smoothly (pun fully intended). Ahead, shaving expert and Pacific Shaving Co. cofounder CC Sofronas explains step by step how to shave your armpits — the right way.

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CC Sofronas is a shaving expert and co-founder and COO of Pacific Shaving Co.

When Is the Best Time to Shave?

Even though the idea to shave usually hits us right before we’re going somewhere, that’s not the best time to do it. “If there is an important event on your calendar, don’t wait to shave until right before, as you may inadvertently cause irritation, chafing, or razor burn, which will lead to discomfort and redness,” Sofronas tells PS. “Instead, shave the morning of or night before, giving your skin time to heal and recuperate.”

How to Shave Your Armpits

Step 1: Prep the Skin

“The steps required for a comfortable shaving experience are simple and straightforward,” Sofronas says. To start, prep the skin by cleansing and exfoliating. “[This] will remove any deodorant, bacteria, and/or sweat.”

We recommend using the Herbivore Coco Rose Exfoliating Body Scrub ($40).

Step 2: Don’t Skip on the Lubricant

If you’re only using water to shave, you’re doing it wrong. “A shaving lubricant will provide a layer of protection for your skin against the blades, minimizing friction, which can cause razor burn,” Sofronas says. “Choose a shaving cream that is fragrance-free, because synthetic fragrance can also cause irritation.”

We recommend the Pacific Shaving Co. Natural Shaving Cream ($22 for a pack of 2).

Step 3: Go Slow
You should take your time shaving any part of your body. “If you rush, you’re more likely to nick yourself,” Sofronas says. “And remember, armpit hair grows in several directions, so be mindful and try to shave only once in each direction, minimizing any irritation.” Going over the same area of skin multiple times is a big no-no.

Thoroughly rinse your razor between each pass over the skin and after you finish shaving. “Bacteria can form on the blade if it’s not clean, which in turn can cause razor burn.”

Step 4: Moisturize the Skin

The process doesn’t end when you finish shaving. You’ll want to moisturize the skin. “Applying a noncomedogenic shave oil will help soothe and moisturize your skin.”

We recommend the Flamingo Mons Mist ($12).

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