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What kids should know about shaving

As you get older, hair starts growing thicker and darker in certain places where you didn't have much hair before. Many people shave some of that hair away. For girls, that typically means under the arms and on the legs. For boys, that means on the face. 

Before you try shaving, it's a good idea to ask your parents to give you advice and show you how. It's easy to cut yourself if you're not careful. You can even get an infection from the cut. 

Here are some tips:

  • Wet the area you'll be shaving really well.  This is the most important thing you can do. Shaving dry skin doesn't work very well, and it can scratch your skin and make it rough. That's why lots of people shave in the shower or bathtub.

  • Use shaving lotion or gel. This helps prevent you from cutting your skin.

  • Don't press too hard with the razor. This could shave some of your skin off. 

  • Use a disposable razor or one with a disposable blade. Be sure to replace the razor or blade often. It might sound strange, but it's easy to cut yourself when the blade is dull.