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Shaving using razors - May 3rd 2010, 05:08 PM

So I'm rather embarrassed to say that I'm not far off 20 and I've only just started using razors to shave with ... I asked my mum when I was younger why she wouldn't show me how to use one, and she basically said "They tear up your legs." So I've always used removal cream or electric shavers. But now I'm at uni and I've got my own bathroom, I took the time to try out razors, and I like them, and haven't "torn up" my legs at all.

But I just think it's overall messy with the shaving foam and everything ... so the question I'm asking is can you shave without foam, using just water? It's like I have to clean my bathroom (it's like a wetroom) every time I shave my legs, cos the foam gets everywhere ... and doing that every three or four days isn't fun!

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Re: Shaving using razors - May 3rd 2010, 05:11 PM

i use soap. or sometimes ill take a bath and jsut shave under the water. really the shaving cream is just for moisture i think. and i use mens razors cuz it doesnt take as long and they usually work better.

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Re: Shaving using razors - May 3rd 2010, 08:07 PM

Foam does not work well, shave your legs, armpits or whatever area in the bathtub, use a bar of soap any kind of soap and soap up your legs, then shave like that washing out the razor in the water ocassionally as you go. Works fine for me.
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Re: Shaving using razors - May 3rd 2010, 08:17 PM

in the shower i wouldnt use just water.. what tends to happen with me when i do that is it doesnt even cut the hairs that well, then i get shaving rashes/bumps from it because theres so much friction, and i suppose that the soap or foam is there to prevent this

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Re: Shaving using razors - May 4th 2010, 10:29 PM

You can do it with just water, as long as you're not too clumsy about it However if you choose to di it in the shower, I'd wait for a little bit after you get in so the steam and hot water will soften the hair follicles and make it much easier to remove. Personally I agree with you about shaving cream ~ messy and bother, but I use it when I want a nice shave becuse it does make it a bit easier and my legs feel all soft and sheeny afterwards (:

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Re: Shaving using razors - May 4th 2010, 10:46 PM

Warm water works fine, and as suggested, you might find soap helpful as well. I don't think shaving foam is a necessity at all.
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Re: Shaving using razors - May 5th 2010, 01:54 AM

I personally can't do it with plain hot water, because my skin is kind of sensitive. So what I do is I invested in a nice razor, and I use my body wash in addition to that. Hope this helps
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Re: Shaving using razors - May 5th 2010, 02:14 AM

Sometimes, in a pinch, I use conditioner for a shaving cream. I just slather some of that on my legs and it works just as well.
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Re: Shaving using razors - May 5th 2010, 12:21 PM

I have never tried shaving foam but I presume if you used it in the shower, it'd be easier to clean up and all because you could just let it wash away. I find that water alone doesn't work on my skin because the water dries out quickly so the razor just grazes my (dry) skin and that's not good for you apparently. So I usually just do it in the shower with soap/shower gel. It's quick and easy. And not half as much of a mess

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Re: Shaving using razors - May 5th 2010, 04:07 PM

As has already been said, it's not necessary to use shaving foam, but I would recommend using something, otherwise you're at risk of getting razor burn or bumps, which isn't very pleasant and it's easier to hurt yourself that way. Like Cheyenne, if I run out of shaving cream, sometimes I use conditioner as a cream as it prevents any nicks or cuts and keeps moisture.
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Re: Shaving using razors - May 9th 2010, 12:45 PM

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Sometimes, in a pinch, I use conditioner for a shaving cream. I just slather some of that on my legs and it works just as well.
Ive used conditioner before. It just makes it smoother. I often find if i dont use conditioner ot shaving gel then it makes me legs sore and burn and i sometimes got itchy rashess. Maybe im just sensitive though, so ig uess it depends on your skin type too.

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Re: Shaving using razors - May 12th 2010, 04:10 AM

It depends on your skin type. If your skin is sensitive, I recommend using shaving gel or conditioner.
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Re: Shaving using razors - May 12th 2010, 10:12 PM

I was like this too, My mum never let me shave, I had to either use hair removal cream or wax, and hair removal cream smelt and is messy and wax was expensive and I had to wait until there was a lot of hair until I could get it removed, so I know how frustrating that is lol.
As for the shaving, I often either use shower gel or hair conditioner as it's cheaper and works the same. hope this helps
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