How To Properly Shave Your Armpits

When it comes to shaving, there are a few key areas that we tend to focus on more than others – the legs, bikini area, and the armpits. The legs and bikini area tend to be heavily regimented, following a start-to-finish process to get the most out of our shave... but when shaving armpits, we tend to fall into the trap of doing it quickly without giving it much thought. After all, who’s really going to see them, right? Wrong – there are still important steps that are involved in the process of shaving the armpits that can help you to maximize your shave, increase smoothness, reduce razor burn & bumps while increasing the time needed between shaves.

So, how do you properly shave your armpits? Interested in learning more? Read on to discover what you need to do in order to successfully shave under your arms.

Properly Shave Your Armpits

Gather Your Arsenal To Properly Shave Your Armpits

First things first – get your arsenal of products ready to take on shaving. Here’s a breakdown of what you'll typically need.


Seems straightforward, right? You need a razor in order to properly shave your armpits obviously... BUT, did you know that the type of razor you reach for could absolutely make a difference?

When selecting a razor, always opt for a fresh or newer blade with minimal use. Sharp blades on the razor are the best way to guarantee a smooth and close shave without running the risk of razor bumps or burns. With a dull razor, it can drag across the surface of the skin, causing pain and irritation in both the short and long-term.


Now that you have your razor fresh and ready to go, it’s time to consider the accessories – are you reaching for shaving cream, shaving gel, or something else?

The type of product that you use to help shave the armpits can be the "deciding factor" in getting a close, smooth, irritation-free shave... providing protection and long-lasting smoothness or hindering the process altogether. While many women tend to skip accessory products or simply lather on a bit of shaving cream or gel to get through it, this is not necessarily the most effective (or safest) way to get a smooth shave.

Best Shave Gel For Armpits

How do you do it, you ask? Simple: swap out your shaving cream or gel for something better... Brazilian Bare Shave Syrup. Our Shave Syrup is the amazingly effective new way to help you get that super smooth and silky shave you’ve always wanted, even on your armpits. While traditional creams and gels provide some moisture and a light layer of protection against razor burn and bumps, Brazilian Bare Shave Syrup does so much more. This antioxidant-infused rich syrup provides a high level of protection for the skin while adding a heavy dose of moisture and skin-calming ingredients for a super smooth, close shave each and every time. It’s dermatologist approved and safe to use anywhere on the body... including your armpits! By simply switching out your traditional creams and gels for Brazilian Bare Shave Syrup, you can maximize the smoothness of your shave and extend the time between shaves as well.

Exfoliate The Underarm Skin

"Exfoliate your underarms” you ask???  It is a little known fact that one of the most important steps involved in shaving your armpits effectively is making sure that they are exfoliated ahead of time. To exfoliate your underarms, use a gentle exfoliating cleanser applied with a loofah, washcloth or your hand.

By exfoliating the skin, you help to even out your skin’s texture by removing dead skin cells. This, in turn, will help lower the risk of your razor catching on the skin and causing pesky razor burn or nicks.

Get To Shaving Your Armpits (Properly)

Next up is the actual process of shaving! Now that you’ve gathered your "tools of the trade" and exfoliated, it’s time to get down to business.

Unlike the hair on your legs, hair in your armpits tends to grow in multiple directions, rather than all the same way. This means that you’ll also need to shave in every direction in order to get the most effective and smoothest shave.

When shaving, apply your shave syrup, pull a small section of the skin taut, and then use your razor to shave gently in every direction. This will help reduce the chance of razor burns, bumps and nicks forming.

After Shaving, Moisturize!

The last step in shaving the armpits is to moisturize once you are all done. While this seems a little odd to some, it’s an important step to help maximize how smooth your skin stays after your shave as well as keeping it healthy and bump-free.

Underarm Moisturizer For Women

Choose a moisturizer (such as Brazilian Bare Melted Body Butter Moisturizer) or a moisturizing deodorant to get the job done (preferably one without aluminum if you can). Apply as needed to keep your armpits silky smooth.

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