Wet Shaving is the traditional way to shave. You soak the area to be shaved in warm water, you apply some kind of foam and gel on the area and you run your razor on it. Dry shaving, is performed with some type of electrical razor, without using water or shaving gels. It is usually used by people with more sensitive skin as well as by those who need a quicker shaving solution.
Advantages of wet shaving: Wet shaving gives you the closest shave possible – the hair soaked in water and gel becomes softer and easier to cut. If you start with dry skin and hair, shaving will be uneven, the hair will break down and you will most probably end with skin bruises. Nevertheless, the preparation of the skin and the procedure itself takes longer than with dry shaving. A sharp blade is crucial to getting a close and irritation-free shave.
Dry shavers cut the hairs at a certain distance from the surface of the skin, an advantage for people with sensitive skin. However, this results in a shave that is not so smooth as with wet shaving. Electric razors used for dry shaving cost more and require more maintenance and cleaning than the simple razors used in wet shaving.
Your choice of shaving method ultimately depends on your preferences - there is no right or wrong method. Your skin type, the time frame you can allocate to shaving and your budget are some of the factors.
Some more tips for wet shaving in women.
The best is to shave after a warm bath or shower. Soaking your skin in warm water will make skin and hair software and easier to shave.
Before shaving apply a thick shaving gel.
Use long, even strokes without applying excessive pressure.
Always shave in one direction following the direction of the hair.
Shave carefully over bony areas like ankles, shins and knees.
For knees, bend slightly to pull the skin tight before shaving, as folded skin is difficult to shave.
Stay warm to prevent goose bumps, as any irregularity in the skin surface can complicate shaving.
For a closer shave, carefully shave against the grain of hair growth.
For Underarms and bikini area:
Moisten skin and apply a thick shaving gel.
Lift your arm up while shaving to pull skin tight.
Shave from the bottom up, allowing the razor to glide over the skin.
Avoid shaving the same area more than once, to minimize skin irritation.
Avoid applying deodorants or antiperspirants immediately after shaving, as doing so can result in irritation and stinging. To prevent this, shave underarms at night and give the area time to stabilize before using deodorant.
Shave frequently year-round to keep the area free of irritation and ingrown hairs.
What should you do after you shave?
Your skin is very sensitive after shaving. Let it rest for at least 30 minutes before:
If you must moisturize immediately following shaving, select a cream rather than a lotion, never use exfoliating moisturizers on the skin after shaving. Freshly shaved skin is especially vulnerable to chlorine and salt water and swimming pools, suntan lotions (that will stain your skin in an uneven way) and sunscreens that contain alcohol that will sting.