We know, we know -- women want smooth skin at all costs. So take some precautions before and after shaving to ensure the best results. Soften hair before shaving by pressing a warm washcloth against the skin or shave in a warm bath or shower. If you use an electric razor, avoid using the closest setting -- it can irritate the skin. After shaving, do not use a "cooling" lotion that contains alcohol or alcohol-based products. The alcohol evaporates too quickly from the skin to actually soothe it.