Shaving can be seriously frustrating. Sometimes it can feel as though you have to shave every single day or every shower and not only can that wear on you and eat up some time during your morning or bedtime routine, but cuts, scrapes, burns, bumps, ingrown hairs, dry skin, and more are all potential outcomes, in addition to hairless (or relatively hairless) skin. There are some easy, surprising hacks dermatologists swear by to help you shave less often, however, that you definitely want to know more about if shaving has become a chore. From the time of day you choose to shave to your body position and what you do before and after shaving, there are a lot of different things to consider when it comes to making the most of the time between shaves.
"The science behind the hair growth follicle is that it grows at a constant rate and nothing’s gonna really slow that down; physiologically, there’s nothing that can do that," Dr. Christy Rainey, MD, a board-certified dermatologist, tells Romper. The best way to ensure that you'll be able to shave less is by getting laser hair removal, which is, of course, a different technique than shaving. Over time, it'll minimize or even eliminate your need to shave because, Rainey explains, it destroys the hair follicles, which means that the hair really can't grow back.
Still, if you're not ready to take that leap, there are some tips and tricks that can help get you a little shaving break. If you're looking for ideas on how to get a better, smoother shave that lasts even just a tiny bit longer, here's what you might want to know.