An age-old question that no one ever really answered, how to shave your legs? But shave them the proper way, remove all the unwanted hair, and have the smoothest pins in the city!
Yes, we know the drill, shaving cream – razor – rinse, but is that enough?
How to Shave Your Legs Perfectly
Thanks to the advancement of shaving supplies, razor technology, and more knowledge about what is good for your skin and what is not, it is now easier than ever to just grab a razor and start chopping those hairs.
If you are trying to avoid itchiness, ingrown hair, and strawberry skin. Read these leg shaving tips to achieve the best results.
Get a Sharp Razor
There is nothing worse you can do for your legs than getting an old, rusty, dull blade and shaving with it. Not only are you risking infection, but also cuts, nicks, and ingrown hair. Invest in a good razor, preferably with four or five blades, and please, oh, please stay away from those disposable, single-blade razors.
To get the best smooth and hairless legs, it’s a good idea to exfoliate your skin before you start shaving. If your skin is prone to razor burns and bumps, exfoliating first can help remove the dead skin from your legs which in turn gives you a smooth canvas to work with!
Soften the Skin
What does this mean? Well, firstly, do not start shaving as soon as you get into the shower. Instead, leave that for the last step in your shower routine. You need to let your skin soak and soften, and your pores to open before you shower. This will also allow your hair follicles to relax and give you a closer shave.
Use a Good Shaving Cream
For the love of all that is holy, do not use bar soap or shampoo to lather up your legs before shaving. Even though those options are super cheap and available, they are not providing enough lubrication, and they can irritate your skin when the razor goes over it.
Avoid that by getting a quality, fragrance-free shaving cream. Shaving cream or shaving gel will also not dull your razor, making the shaving experience that much better.
Shave Down the Leg First
Now that you have your shaving cream on, sharp razor in your hand, time to get down to business. Before you shave against the hair growth, it is important that you cover in the direction of hair growth, down the leg. This will avoid irritation and cuts and will trim the longer hairs before you decide to go in again.
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Shave Up the Leg
Once you have trimmed the longer hairs by shaving with the grain, time to go the opposite way! Re-apply your shaving gel or cream and slowly and carefully shave up your leg. Start at the ankles and move your razor upward. Apply a little pressure, not too much so that you can get a very close shave.
Rinse, Rinse, and Rinse
While you are shaving, you will notice that your razor is getting clogged. No need to worry! Just rinse it off regularly, after two or three strokes and keep going. Do not use a bowl or anything like that, opt for clean, warm water directly from the tap.
Check Your Work
Once you are finished, rinse off the excess shaving cream and run your hands up and down your legs to check for missing spots. It is easy to skip an area, and feeling your skin with your hands will help you notice remaining stubble. If you find a spot you missed, reapply the shaving cream and remove those bad boys.
When you are finished with your shaving escapades, use a clean towel to dry your legs. Do not rub them though, instead, use light tapping motions to remove the excess water and to avoid irritating your skin. Always use a soft towel to dry your skin, as towels that have been washed numerous times can get a bit stiff and irritate your skin.
The final step is – moisturizing! Find a good, fragrance-free moisturizer to hydrate your skin and prevent bumps and those pesky red spots. You can always go for a moisturizer meant for slowing down hair growth, as it will help prolong the time between two shaves.
Replace Your Razor
Make sure that you are always using a very sharp razor.
That means that you need to replace your little helpers regularly, store them properly, which means keeping them away from water and steam, and of course, any bacteria that may pile up if you leave them in the shower.
After each use, rinse and airdry your razor, store it in its holder, or hang it upright.