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    Shaving tips for patients




    Can you use body wash to shave your legs?

    You could use body wash to shave your legs, but it would decrease the quality of your shave and ruin your razor blade simultaneously. Many women trying to save time and money will put body wash all over and then immediately shave.

    Most body washes contain a moisturizing component that leaves behind a residue making the skin feel smooth and soft. An example of such a body wash is Olay Ribbons. While the skin conditioning agents are valuablea in people with dry, itchy skin, they leave behind the same film on the razor, which dulls the edge. The film can also get in between the precise spring mounted blades preventing them from working.

    The idea of the three to five multiple blades is to allow each successive blade to cut the hairs shorter and shorter increasing the chances of getting a close shave. If the blades are stuck together with the body wash, this benefit will not be realized.

    Body wash is not a substitute for shaving cream.

    Shaving cream is specially designed to produce an important event in shaving, which is softening of the hair. Shaving cream coats each hair and allows the absorption of water, decreasing the force required to cut the hair. This means the blade does not need to be pressed as hard into the skin causing less razor burn.

    Patients who are prone to razor burn should leave the shaving cream on for three to four minutes before shaving to minimize skin removal contributing to razor burn. Using shaving cream is essential to getting a good shave and getting the most out of one razor blade.


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    Zoe Diana Draelos, M.D.
    Zoe Diana Draelos, M.D., is a consulting professor of dermatology, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, N.C. She is investigator, ...


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