Pre tanning ritual; body shaving

Our previous articles discussed that we need to exfoliate, shave, and apply the tanning lotion for the best results. Now, let us take an in-depth look at body shaving.

Body hair or androgenic hair is the permanent hair that develops on the human body during and after puberty. It is very different compared to the head hair and less visible vellus hair, which is much finer and lighter in color. This vellus hair covers almost the entire area of the human body except for the lips, the backs of the ears, palms, soles of the feet; certain external genital areas, and scar tissues.


It is believed that Stone Age men started shaving a hundred thousand years ago using clam shells as tweezers. Around 60,000 years ago, man started using sharpened obsidian and clam shells to shave their beards.

In Egypt, men and women of the lower and upper classes shave their entire bodies from top to toe.

In the late 1700s, a razor was attached to a wood guard for safety. In 1895, the disposable safety razor was invented, and innovated into a double blade safety razor in the 1900s.

Some types of razors:

Straight razor – It has a blade that folds into its handle. They are also known as open razors and cut-throat razors

Cartridge Razors –  It has a straight handle and with replaceable cartridges, after they become dull. There is a flexible head to follow the curve. A stroke equals the 3 strokes of a straight razor.

Disposable razor – can be used one or two times. The handles and the shaving heads are attached and thrown when dull.

Electric razor

Foil Shaver– Foil shaver has a silver foil at the top of the blades covering them to prevent any direct contact with the skin

Rotary shaver– has 3 round-shaped blades at the top of the handle. The blade moves in a circular motion. This shaver is good for coarse and curly hair.

Preparations before shaving

1. Moisturize

If the skin is well-hydrated, body hairs become thick with water and breaks away from the skin easily, and lessens skin irritation. Soak the area you for about three minutes with running warm water or bath.

2. Exfoliate only if needed

This removes dead skin and so that the razor can glide over your skin easily.

3. Use shaving cream

As a substitute for shaving creams; conditioner. This gives protection to avoid any nicks, cuts and hair pulls while shaving.

4. Use the new or sharp razor

A dull blade will pull the hair causing pain and you will making you stop the stroke. A sharper blade will make you finish the job faster.

The shaving process

1. Go with the grain first. If needed, go against the grain.

2 .Rinse Off the Razor Repeatedly. Disposable and cartridge razors are gets clogged with hair and shaving cream. Rinse the blade off after each stroke,

3. Rinse the area, re-apply the shaving cream and shave.

4. Rinse with cold water to close the pores.

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