Dove Men+Care How to shave + care for men’s armpits

How to shave + care for men’s armpits

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    Trim first

    Long armpit hair can get stuck in your razor and snag your skin. Trim first to make your shave as smooth and as comfortable as possible.

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    Lather up

    The best time to shave your underarms is in the shower. Hot water helps soften your hair, while cleansing and exfoliating with a caring body wash or soap helps prep and soften your skin. We think the perfect tool for the job is our Plant Powered Skin Exfoliating Charcoal + Clove Oil Cleansing Bar.

    Made with natural essential oils and exfoliating grains, this cold-pressed bar gives your skin superior moisture while leaving it feeling softer and smoother. Plus, its creamy lather can be used as a shaving foam.

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    Raise your arm to make your skin tight (this helps avoid snagging it). Now, with your shaving foam and a clean, sharp razor, gently shave your armpit in the same direction as hair growth. This helps avoid razor burn and ingrown hairs. Do the same on both sides.

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    After you rinse, towel dry and step out of the shower, the best way to lock in moisture and protect your skin (especially for freshly shaved armpits) is with our Refreshing Hand + Body Lotion. Formulated with glycerin and skin-strengthening nutrients, our fast-absorbing and non-greasy lotion instantly nourishes skin with 48-hour moisture. 

    If you have rough, dry skin, we recommend our Replenishing Hand + Body Lotion. And for dry, sensitive skin, comfort underarms with our Calming Hand + Body Lotion.

    New to moisturizing? To get the most out of your lotion, read our five top tips.