No girl wants to face the embarrassment of raising her arm up in front of a crowd of people only to realize she forgot to shave. However, it can be equally as awkward when armpits are red and bumpy from shaving. While shaving the armpits is a necessity for many girls, if it’s done improperly, the skin can become covered in razor burn. Raise your arms up with confidently and eliminate the burn, pain and redness by taking some steps to get a silky-smooth shave.

Step 1

Shave your armpits in the evening rather than in the morning. Your skin may become very sensitive after shaving, so doing it in the evening will allow the area to recover through the night. Additionally, you’re more likely to sweat during the day, which can cause skin irritation. If you shave at night, you can skip the deodorant until morning, which can also irritate freshly-shaven skin.

Step 2

Give your underarms a good scrubbing prior to shaving. Use an exfoliating body scrub or just soap and a washcloth to remove dead skin cells. This allows for a closer, smoother shave.

Step 3

Shave your armpits at the end of a warm shower. The heat and moisture help to soften the hairs and open up the pores, which makes for a smoother shave.

Step 4

Wet your armpits thoroughly with warm water. Lather up with a moisturizing shave gel or cream. Don’t rely on soap, lotion or body wash to shave - these products aren’t designed to moisturize and stay on the skin while shaving.

Step 5

Choose the right razor for shaving the armpits. Start with a clean, sharp razor, and preferably one with a multiple blades and a pivoting head to provide a closer shave.

Step 6

Pull the skin around the armpit so it’s taut. Move the razor lightly over the skin without pressing too hard. Only make one pass over each area of skin. Move the razor in one direction – either upward or downward – to avoid developing razor burn.

Step 7

Rinse the underarm area with warm water and pat it dry with a towel after shaving.