Ladies, do you know how to shave your legs the right way so that you get smooth, nick-free skin that’ll stay that way for longer?
Shaving is an important part of a woman’s daily or weekly self-care ritual. But it can often be difficult: cuts, razor burn, and annoying red bumps can make shaving a nuisance. Make sure to read these tips before grabbing your razor so that your shaves will be smooth and stress-free!
I’m quite sure you’ll pick up a trick or two from the list!
Exfoliating may seem like a spa-time ritual, but regular exfoliation actually has quite a few benefits for your skin. Before you shave, exfoliate your skin to get rid of dead skin cells that can clog up your razor or your pores. You can use an everyday exfoliant or a gentle scrub.
Exfoliating will also help prevent cuts and razor burn.
2. Shave at night
Shaving at night can leave your legs smoother. In the mornings, you might rush, which can lead to cuts and sloppy shaves. Instead, hang out in the bath or shower for about fifteen minutes before you start. That way, your pores have time to open up thanks to the warm air and bath water.
However, don’t wait too long – any longer than 15 minutes and your skin will start to swell, making it harder to get a proper shave.
3. Replace your razor regularly
What good will a nice razor do if you never change the blades? Don’t skimp on the cheap ones, either: a high-quality four- or five-blade razor provides smoother results.
Disposable heads are likely to drag against your skin, and that’s definitely not pleasant. Old blades are ineffective and can trap bacteria, which is dangerous and could cause infections.
4. Slather baby oil on before shaving
Baby oil has so many uses! Another simple way to avoid razor burn is to apply baby oil to soften your skin, and then apply shaving cream. Oil and water don’t mix, so the oil will stay on and protect your skin as you shave. Once you step out of the shower, you’ll be amazed at how soft your legs are.
5. Moisten with water
If you don’t have fifteen minutes to spare, moisten your skin with water for three minutes and then apply a shaving gel. Water will plump up your hair and make it easier to cut.
6. Shave with the grain first
Shave in the direction that your hair grows. If your skin is sensitive, then don’t shave the opposite direction at all. Going against the grain can get you a closer shave, but it will increase the possibility of nicks and cuts.
7. Treat your razor burn
Close shaving can lead to annoying ingrown hairs. To treat those small red bumps, use a warm compress on the affected area to relax the hair. Then, apply lotion to soften your hair and skin to protect your skin against infections.
8. Bend your knees
Standing up and trying to save your knees can be a huge hassle. To get a smooth shave, just bend those knees. It’s best to sit down and take your time so that you can get all the hair off those bumpy patellas.
9. Use short strokes
Nearly everyone extols the virtues of long strokes for shaving, but they can actually be less precise. Use short, gentle strokes, especially around tight and difficult areas to avoid hurting yourself.
You can also pull difficult areas of the skin taut to create a smoother surface for the blade of the razor.
10. Do an ice cube rub after shaving
Immediately after shaving, douse your legs with cold water and apply ice cubes to them. They’ll melt fast because of the warm temperature of your legs so it won’t take up too much time.
Applying ice cubes minimizes razor burns, closes your pores, and makes your shave last longer.
How about it? Did you pick up anything new on how to shave your legs? I hope so!
Author: Jenn Miller
Don’t be fooled by her innocent baby face. Jenn’s a demanding shopper who WILL push each and every beauty product to its limit.