How to Shave in The Shower or Bath

Want to know whether shaving in a bath or shower works better for you? Learn key steps for both to ensure the best results and prevent skin irritation.

Woman shaving her legs in the bathroom

Learn the fundamental steps for shaving while washing in either a shower or a bath to ensure your best results and avoid scratches and skin irritation.

Is shaving in a bath or a shower better?

Dry Brushing

Whether you shave in the shower or the bath comes down to personal preference. What’s more important is how you shave. Learn how to shave each individual area of the body to ensure the best results and reduce irritation.

How should I shave in the shower?

Mom looking excited at daughter while shaving her leg

Shaving in the shower can be quick, convenient, safe and effective when following the right steps.

Use shower mat to prevent slipping

Shower head on a bathmat

The shower floor can be slippery, so make sure you have a strong shower mat or adhesive treads in place when you shave to avoid accidental cuts and scratches from slipping.

Exfoliate your skin

Skin Peeling Before Shaving

Exfoliating with a gentle scrub or loofah will help prepare your skin for the shaving process by removing any dead skin cells and protect against skin irritation and ingrown hairs.

Find a comfortable position or sit on a shower stool to shave your legs

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If you want to shave your legs in the shower but can’t find a comfortable position, try a shower stool or bench. Not only will you be more comfortable, but using a shower stool or bench can provide a safer experience by bringing you closer to your legs as you shave.

Be sure to soak your skin

Legs covered in foam in a bathtub

Give your skin enough time, three to five minutes, to hydrate in the shower to avoid irritation.

Use a sharp razor that’s easy to grip

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When shaving in the shower, use a razor with an easy-to-grip handle for better control. You also need to use sharp razor blades to prevent skin irritation, scratches and cuts.

Apply shaving gel

Venus Satin Care Aloe Vera shower gel and razor

Shaving gel preserves moisture, helps the razor glide across your skin and shows where you have shaved already to avoid re-shaving over an area and causing irritation. Read more on which shaving gel you should use.

Shave in steady strokes

Shaving Your Facial Hair

Shave in light, steady strokes in the direction of the hair growth, and if you need a closer shave, reapply shaving gel and go against the grain. Once you’re finished shaving be careful when stepping out of the shower, pat your skin dry and apply moisturiser.

How should I shave in the bath?

Woman shaving against the grain

If you prefer a bath over a shower, protect your skin while shaving by following a few key steps.

Use a bathmat to prevent slipping

Non-Slip Bath Mat

Although you might think you are more secure in a bath than the shower, you can still slip and slide. Be sure to have a bathmat or adhesive treads in place so you can be safe and secure while you shave and protect your skin from accidental scratches and cuts.

Exfoliate your skin

Skin Peeling Before Shaving

Just like before shaving in the shower, exfoliation is a great way to prepare your skin. Use a loofah or gentle scrub to remove any dead skin cells before you shave.

Consider water temperature

Bathtub with running water

Water that’s too hot can irritate and dry out your skin. When shaving in the bath, you want the water to be warm to cool to prevent irritation.

Make sure to hydrate your skin

Soak Your Skin in Warm Bath and Get Rid of Ingrown Hairs

Although most of your skin is under water, make sure all the areas you plan to shave soak for about three minutes in the bath or apply a warm, wet wash cloth to your skin.

Use a sharp razor

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Whether you shave in the bath, a shower or under running water, always use a sharp razor. Dull razor blades increase chances of razor burn, ingrown hairs and skin irritation, so replace your blade often.

Apply shaving cream as often as needed

Woman Sitting on Bathroom Floor and Shaving Her Legs with Gillette Venus Razor

Your skin may soak in water while taking a bath, but you still need shaving cream to preserve moisture. And be sure to reapply shave gel if it washes off before you shave.

Take your time when shaving your legs in the bath

Woman Shaving Her Legs in a Bathroom with Venus Swirl Razor

You may have to hold your leg up or prop it on the side to shave in the bath, so shave in slow, steady strokes to avoid scratches and cuts if you accidentally slip or move. Once finished, carefully step out of the tub, pat the skin dry and apply moisturiser.