First get in the shower and wash as normal. Wet your underarms. Apply shaving cream and lather generously. Take a shaving razor and shave your underarm in a slow light diagonal motion. Repeat with the other underarm. After you have come out of the shower moisturize. Its better to shave the night before so your skin has time to recover.
Evaporative coolingAny object will absorb heat from its surroundings if the surroundings are warmer than it. Since room temperature is usually lower than body temperature, alcohol is usually colder than your skin. When you put alcohol on your skin, first, your body will warm the alcohol until it is the same temperature as your skin, and that feels a little cold to you (just like when you touch any object at a lower temperature than body temperature, like a piece of metal). However, alcohol feels colder than most objects, right? Why?
It is not this first warming step that actually feels especially cold. It's what happens next. Once warmed up to body temperature, alcohol can evaporate easily (unlike a piece of metal!). As the alcohol evaporates (or any liquid in fact, but alcohol evaporates easily, so it feels more cold than say, water), it goes from a liquid to a gas. The evaporation process takes energy, and that energy goes into breaking apart the liquid alcohol molecules to make isolated alcohol molecules in the gas phase. If it's on your skin, it takes energy from you skin, in the form of heat. If something removes heat from your skin, that feels cold to you. Evaporation is a process that requires a lot of energy, so it can feel quite cold.
Evaporative cooling is an extremely effective method to cool anything (not just skin!), and works for any liquid as long at it is fairly easy to go from a liquid to a gas. For instance, the process of going from a gas to a liquid and back again is how your fridge keeps things cold too (although your fridge doesn't do it with alcohol).
In more technically accurate chemical terms, evaporation is an endothermic process. That means that the process consumes energy. This is because to turn a liquid into a gas, you have to break all of the intermolecular forces that hold that liquid together (these can include Van der Waals foces, dipole-dipole forces, and in the case of an alcohol, hydrogen bonding). Breaking all those attractive interactions requires a lot of energy. When alcohol evaporates on your skin, your body is supplying most of the energy to break all of those intermolecular interactions. Any endothermic reaction will feel cold. When you use one of those instant cold-packs, a special endothermic chemical reaction inside the pack is what makes it so cold suddenly.
The first thing you should think about is do you want to shave yourself bald or leave a little something behind? Then you'll need to gather everything together. Shaving gel and a razor blade are the most important items here. You may also want a pair of scissors or razor blade for an initial trim. If you clear out the forest before going in with a razor, you'll have a much easier time later on.
DO NOT use an electric razor for the entire process. The blades will slightly hurt you over and over. Best method is to get in the shower, take a manual razor, take a BUNCH of shaving cream, and shave away.
WOMEN: Shaving cream is SAFE for a vagina, it will not infect you should it get inside. Simply flush the water out soon afterward.
Start with the top of your mound, use one hand to gently pull back the skin so it is tight and, with the razor in the other hand, shave down with the hair growth. I like to start on the sides near the crease of my legs and then work towards the center. After I've shaved most of my mound with the hair growth, I then shave against the growth and sometimes from side to side. In some areas of the body, such as the armpits, hair grows in multiple directions and to get a very close shave, you need to shave in each direction of growth to get every hair at its base. But when first starting out this can increase your chances of razor burn in the end so be sure that you have plenty of lather covering your mound while doing this. Run your fingers over your mound and if it's smooth, you're ready to go on.
The lips can be a bit trickier although the outer labia should be similar to shaving your mound. Shaving against the hair growth usually gets most of the hairs although you may have to retrace your stroke one or twice to catch any strays. Try not to go over the skin too many times, though, as this also might cause irritation later on. If you feel the need to shave with the hair growth, be careful because you may end up nicking yourself which is quite uncomfortable.
To shave inside your labia, use your free hand to gently roll the lips open and carefully pull the razor up along the edge of your lip and around the upper ridge to get those little hairs which will really agitate your partner during oral sex if they are missed.
MEN: Area above the penis: Lots of shaving cream, shave down to up, and be gentle. Penis: Hold the penis up, lather with cream, and shave the head down in a circular fashion, sort of how like you peel a banana. Testes (Balls): Hold the penis head vertically up to make your testes just droop toward your bathtub. Make sure the water is rather hot, not scalding, as this will help the testes skin relax. Holding the penis up, shave from the tip of the nut to the bottom. Be very very careful as the testicular skin is very thin and can easily cut. Remember: LOTS OF CREAM If you want a detailed shave, cup the ball in one hand, (make sure you bend over so you can see what you're doing) lather it up, and gently graze the nut with the razor. Do the same for the other one.
BOTH GENDERS: Do this in the shower, it's a lot easier than a dry shave, you will cut yourself less, and it'll feel better.
Once you get out of the shower or the tub, you may want to use a moisturizer such as "Venereous Mountain Mist" to help prevent irritated skin and razor burn. Try to avoid excessively touching the area for a few hours as that may also cause irritated skin.
I cannot recommend any over the counter creams. Many have harmful additives that do more damage to your skin than help. However, if you are interested, there are a couple of home remedies that work rather well.
First, you can get about 1/3 c almonds and crush them into a powder, add enough filtered or spring water to make a paste, rub onto the large pores (always upward & outward strokes for your skin), & leave on for 1/2 hr. Rinse off (tepid water, NEVER hot or cold), then splash with a mix of 1/4 c apple cider vinegar & 1/4 c cool water.
For really big pores (I have this problem;-) - Get yourself a container of buttermilk. Every evening for as long as the container lasts, soak a wad of cotton in it & dab on your face. Let sit for 20-30 min. Rinse off with tepid water.
(Source: Healing Remedies, Wilen, J&L, Bottom Line Publishing, 2007)
They work like a charm, good luck!!
after a couple of days it should scab over then after another week or so it should heal completely