Freshly defuzzed skin is great and all, but what if just looking at a razor blade or wax strip brings you out in a rash?
The razor in your bathroom that’s older than your nan’s dog… replace it! A blunt blade will only drag and cause irritation (Venus Extra Smooth Embrace Sensitive, £10.99, is great for a gentle shave). And lubricate your skin first – try coconut-oilpacked Eco Warrior Shaving Bar by Little Soap Company, £4.50. Ingrown hairs (those painful, pimple-like bumps) are caused by shaved or waxed hair curling back into the skin. Apply a chemical exfoliant (with gentle acids such as lactic, glycolic or salicylic) to clear out the dead cells and sebum that gather in pores and block regrowth. We rate Malin+Goetz Ingrown Hair Cream, £27. Celebrity waxer Otylia Roberts advises you to start exfoliating a week postwax – in the morning as skin renews itself at night.