Summer comes along and all of a sudden, your “whatever” approach to shaving your legs all of a sudden becomes meticulously focused. You aim for such precision that you nickname yourself “the surgeon.” But no matter how detailed you are, you still end up with nicks, razor burn, and worse, “the patch” that seems to miss the razor Every. Single. Time. If this sounds familiar, you may need to revisit your shaving game. We’ve got the tips your mom may have forgot to tell you all those years ago.
- Exfoliate: Yes, you exfoliate your face, but what about your legs, too? Getting rid of dead skin cells before you shave helps for a more even and close shave. You can use a dry brush method before getting into the bath or shower, or use a sugar or salt scrub on the legs prior to shaving.
- Invest in a good razor: If you’re still using disposable razors, now is the time to stop. Not only are these so wasteful and bad for the planet, but they’re typically not the best razors to begin with. This means more likelihood of damaging the skin and getting a bad shave. No fun. Use a high-quality reusable razor. Safety razors are making a comeback, particularly among women, and can deliver a much closer and cleaner shave.
- Don’t lather with soap: Use shaving cream, hair conditioner, or an oil like coconut oil, but whatever you choose, stop using soap! Soap is not only drying to the skin but some can damage the razors more quickly than moisturizing lotions and creams.
- Shave with the direction of the hair, not against: When you use a high-quality razor, it’ll get all the hair and leave your skin less likely to break out in red bumps.
- Moisturize: After shaving, follow up with a soothing skin moisturizer to keep the legs smooth. Bonus if it has an SPF factor, especially if you’re heading out to the beach or pool.
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