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4 DIY Shaving Cream Recipes for Softer Legs

DIY Shaving Cream for Legs

For a lot of us, in the summer we update our summer wardrobes, try out fresh makeup looks and enjoy the warm weather whenever and wherever we can. If you love styling yourself in summer outfits or wearing swimwear, then chances are you are probably aiming for the hairless look, especially on the legs. There are many ways to remove hair, such as waxing, hair removal cream, shaving and laser treatment. Here we teach you how to create your own DIY shaving cream for legs.

Why Is Shaving a Common Option?

The classic technique for hair removal is shaving. Shaving legs has some benefits other hair removal options do not have. For starters, it is cheaper. Unlike most sophisticated methods, shaving is cheaper and can be done on a drugstore budget. Shaved legs also look good; they are smooth to the touch.

What Is Shaving Cream?

Shaving cream is commonly used along with a razor. It is applied over the area and then is shaved off. Unlike using soap to shave your legs, shaving gels and creams allow the razor to glide over the skin without pulling or tugging on the hairs (and this prevents issues such as bumps, ingrown hairs and redness). It also helps to smooth out the skin. Some shaving gels contain ingredients like aloe vera and vitamin E to help cleanse and moisturize the skin, so that the skin does not dry out or look cracked.

The best way to use shaving cream is to start off by wetting your legs with warm water to open up the hair follicles. Then, exfoliate your legs to scrub off dead skin and impurities. You can then spread a thin layer of shaving cream all over your legs using a clean and sharp razor. Shave against the direction of hair growth and wash off. Once you are done, dry off and apply moisturizer to finish off and achieve smooth skin on the legs.

Alternatives to Shaving Cream

Even though shaving cream is the go-to option, you can try other alternatives to shaving cream that work just as well, such as hair conditioner, shea butter, shower gel and body lotion.

Another thing you can do is make your own shaving creams at home, which is better because DIY shaving cream is natural, free from chemicals and will leave your legs feeling super soft. Plus, DIY shaving cream is cheaper and works well as a gift.

Recipes for Making DIY Shaving Creams at Home

To make your own shaving cream at home, here are some recipes to inspire you.

Shea Butter and Vitamin E Shaving Cream

For this recipe you will need:

  • 1/2 cup of shea butter
  • 1/3 cup of vitamin E drops
  • A mixing bowl

Add shea butter into the mixing bowl and whip to break down. While whipping the shea butter, add the vitamin E drops and mix together until the mixture melts. After wetting and exfoliating your legs, add a thin layer of the mixture across the legs. Shave your legs, then wash off.

Coconut Oil and Sweet Almond Oil Shaving Cream

You will need:

  • Coconut oil (which usually comes in a solid form)
  • Sweet almond oil
  • Homemade natural and organic soap

First, melt the soap and coconut oil in a saucepan or in the microwave on low heat. Then. allow it to cool down, adding the sweet almond oil and mix together. Apply it on your legs and shave.

Natural Hair conditioner

Conditioner is really good to use as an alternative to shaving foam, and you can make your own at home!

You will need:

  • Olive oil
  • Honey
  • Coconut oil
  • Sweet almond oil
  • Hair mayonnaise

With this recipe, it is simple to do. Just blend or mix the ingredients together to create a thick paste. Apply over the legs and leave on for 5 to 10 minutes. Then, shave off and rinse your legs.

Organic Shower Gel

Another alternative to shaving cream is organic shower gel.

You will need:

  • Aloe vera gel
  • Castile soap
  • The essential oil of your choice: grapeseed, lavender, peppermint, sweet almond, coconut, etc.
  • 1 cup of warm water

Blend the ingredients together for about a minute or so. Once mixed together (with a gel-like texture) apply it to the legs and place any excess mixture into soap dispensers. Then, apply it to the legs, shave off and rinse off.

What Recipe Will You Make?

When it comes to making your own DIY shaving cream for legs, there are plenty of recipes to choose from, but the best thing to do is make your own recipe that is personal to you and add any ingredients of your choice. The best recipe for homemade shaving cream is the one that contains natural and organic ingredients, does not take a lot of time and effort to create, and is effective for smooth and soft legs.