Teenagers Shaving

Puberty is a time of changes for teenagers the world over, and one of the most significant and remarkable changes they will experience is hair growth in areas that up until that point have remained pristine. For girls, these areas are typically the pubic region and legs. For boys, these include the face, pubic area, and in fact the rest of their bodies e.g. chest, arms, legs. Although the extent of hair growth does vary from person to person, and how visible these hairs are depend on their thickness and darkness.

The most important thing is to feel comfortable and know that this hair growth is perfectly natural. Growth rate varies from person to person, and while it’s easy to become embarrassed about it, remember that it is part of growing up and that there are very many safe and effective ways of removing said hair.

Shaving for teenage boys

Most teenage boys will grow some facial hair at some point or the other, and in many ways shaving is a culturally important part of growing up. It can also however be a bit daunting, and you may feel embarrassed to ask about some of the finer points of how to shave and what it’s all about.

Shaving utilises bladed tools called razors to remove hair close to the skin, leaving it smooth and hair free. As you can imagine, the nature of the process carries with it some inherent risks of cutting and irritation, but following safe and practiced shaving techniques will keep you from these potential hazards.

  • When shaving always keep a sharp and fresh razor to hand.
  • Wash your face before shaving, use warm water to soften the hair with both warmth and moisture. Use an exfoliating scrub if you have one, it means that if you do cut yourself you’re not likely to infect your skin.
  • Apply a shaving cream, foam, or gel to the area you intend on shaving. They are essentially different formats of the same thing, a solution which forms a lather you use to smoothen your shave.
  • Shave slowly using even strokes going along with the direction of hair growth, known as the grain.
  • Rinse your razor blade between strokes, hence keeping it clean and sharp.
  • When you’ve gone over your face, wash with warm water and look for any missed areas. Using a wet razor, shave any of these patches.
  • If you have cut yourself, place a bit of tissue paper or toilet roll on the injury and leave it for about 10 minutes. As the bleeding stops, apply some petroleum jelly or lip balm to prevent a scab from forming.

These are the basics of shaving for any teenage boy!

Shaving for teenage girls

Shaving for teenage girls is probably a slightly more sensitive area as it can be more of a source of environment for young women who are going through what is already a difficult time of their lives what with so many hormonal and physical changes. Again the point that cannot be made enough is that these are perfectly natural physical changes, and the most important thing is feeling comfortable in your body.

Legs are perhaps the most commonly shaved area by teenage girls and adult women alike. The general procedure is much the same as the one outlined above, albeit with some minor adjustments. Most women prefer to shave in the bath or shower, soaking their legs to soften the hairs and cleaning the skin. Most female shaving creams are basically the same as male products, and so you have quite a lot of choice between the two. When shaving your legs, go against the direction of hair growth to get the closest possible shave.

Another and even more sensitive area of female shaving is the bikini line or pubic region. If you’re considering shaving this area, remember to be very careful as to avoid the area around your genitals. It is advisable to wait until you’re more experienced before considering shaving this area.

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