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How to Shave Your Arms: A Man’s Guide

How to Shave Your Arms: A Man’s Guide
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Many guys shave their chest hair, back hair, pubic hair and even their leg hair, so why stop at your arms?

If you’re a fan of manscaping and prefer the feeling of being smooth all over, you might want to go beyond shaving your armpit hair to shave your arms as well.

Some guys like to shave their arms purely for aesthetic purposes, but some do it for sporting reasons too.

How to shave your arms

Why Should I Shave My Arms?

Bodybuilders have long shaved their arms in order to better show off their muscle definition; some swimmers also prefer to have hairless arms to make their bodies feel more streamlined. This is because removing body hair naturally removes dead skin cells at the same time, which could help with making the body more aerodynamic.

You might also want to shave your arms if you’re getting a tattoo - although your tattoo artist can do this for you, it can be worth being prepared.

Before shaving your arms for the first time, bear in mind that it’s something that takes a lot of maintenance, especially if you have darker hair. With this in mind, make sure you’re committed, have the time, and have access to body grooming tools you can rely on so you can stay on top of your manscaping.

How to Shave Arms: Step-by-Step

Follow these four simple steps to smoother, streamlined, more defined-looking arms:

1. Trim Longer Arm Hair

If you’ve never shaved your arms before, you need to start by trimming down longer arm hair, otherwise it could easily become tangled in your razor blades, which could be very painful.

The Gillette All Purpose Styler and Beard Trimmer can double up as a body hair trimmer and it comes with three interchangeable combs of 2mm, 4mm and 6mm in length, depending on how long your arm hair is to start with.

2. Apply Shaving Cream

Next, work up a lather all over your arms using a shaving cream to make arm hairs easier to cut and to enable your razor to glide over your skin more smoothly.

Our Gillette SkinGuard Men’s Sensitive Shaving Gel and Gillette Fusion5 Ultra Sensitive Shaving Gel are both good options. A little bit of shaving gel goes a long way, and these options are specially designed to be sensitive to skin, which is exactly what you need on an area that’s so visible.

3. Shave with the Grain

Once you’re happy with your lather, attach the ProGlide Razor Blade that your Gillette Styler comes with to the shaver and start making light, gentle strokes with the grain (that’s in the direction that your hair grows in). Shaving with the grain can help to prevent unsightly razor bumps on this very visible area.

Continue doing this, rinsing your razor blade after every few strokes, and applying more shaving gel as you need to.

It’s important to use a sharp, fresh razor blade wherever possible. If a blade is overused, it can become dull and damaged, affecting how smooth your shave is, while also making shaving cuts more likely.

Make sure you’ve always got a supply of new Fusion5 ProGlide Razor Blades to hand by signing up to Gillette’s shave club to get fresh blades delivered to your door, as often as you need them. It’s free to subscribe too - you just need to pay for postage and packaging.


4. Moisturise

Keep the skin on your arms feeling smooth, soothed and hydrated by moisturising soon after shaving. Our Gillette Aftershave Moisturiser is an ideal product to use, with added SPF 15 also helping to keep your skin protected from the sun.

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