11 Little Things You Should Never Do Before Or After Shaving

We all know the things to avoid while shaving, like going against the grain (ouch) or shaving dry skin (ouch again). But what about the things to avoid before or after shaving? What should you never do in the lead up, and what should you stay away from once your skin is silky smooth?

Well, turns out there are several little pre- and post-shave habits that can cause a few problems. (Think along the lines of razor bumps, irritation, and maybe even infections.) It is pretty easy, however, to do things the right way and keep your skin feeling great. It just takes a little planning.

"Prepping your skin before shaving is so important," says Lisa Dolan, licensed esthetician and founder of Lark Skincare. "Before you start shaving, you want to have a clean slate so be sure to always use a great exfoliating scrub ...  It is vital to slough off dead skin cells." She then recommends applying a shave cream or oil, and following up the whole process with a great moisturizer. (Preferably one that doesn't contain water.)

Those are the things you should do. Now on to the things you shouldn't. If you shave your legs, bikini line, armpits (or anywhere else), read on for things you should never ever do before or after shaving.