10 Things No One Ever Tells You About: Shaving Your Legs

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With the temperature steadily rising, it seems like it’s about time to bring out those gorgeous gams. This also means that we now need to break out the shaving kit more frequently. While it’s been said that there isn’t exactly a right way to shave your legs we’re not quite sure we agree with that. Below are 10 little known facts about shaving your legs, and some tips to help you get the best shave possible. Hopefully these tips will leave you wanting to show off your legs as much as possible.

1. Exfoliate for a great shave: Always make sure to exfoliate your skin before shaving. This helps to get rid of dead skin cells that could clog up your razor – it also works to prevent a close shave which can lead to cuts or razor burns. You can use a mild scrub or an everyday exfoliant. 

2. Don’t forget the lather: Lather is super important for a good, clean shave, but ditch your soap and stick to a shave cream, or a pinch of hair conditioner. Soap dries out your skin, while conditioner or a cream based product helps to provide moisture, which makes for a smooth shave.

3. Be gentle: After shaving it’s best to avoid a washcloth or a loofah, as the tugging at newly shaven skin can cause major irritation and can even lead to redness and bumps.

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4. Find the best product for you: Like any beauty product, it’s always good to know what works for your skin before buying shaving cream. If your skin is dry and irritable, then stay away from products that contain alcohol or fragrance. 

5. Last but definitely not least: When shaving, it’s best to wait until the end of your shower before pulling out the razor. The heat and steam from your shower help soften your hair and open up your pores which make shaving much easier.

6. Your thighs matter too: Most women skip the thigh area, but this is a major shaving no no. The thigh area is as important as every other part of your leg and you should shave all the way around until your thigh is smooth to the touch.

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7. Longer strokes don’t always make for a better shave: This is a common misconception when it comes to shaving, but in order to get the best results shave in smaller strokes without pushing too hard. If you constantly have to go over an area more than once, chances are that your razor is dull and needs to be changed. 

8. Yes, there is such a thing as the “right razor”: Finding the right razor is the first step in quelling your shaving anxiety, the right tool is one that is rounded, with a pivoting head and a handle with a soft grip. The perfect razor also has more blades, which means that you don’t have to go over the same area more than once.

9. Moisture is key: Your legs need moisture too! When your legs are dry give them some TLC with a moisturizing lotion. This helps to reduce the chances of ingrown hairs and rashes.

10. Your legs need SPF, too: After shaving your skin is obviously bare and more susceptible to the sun’s glare, so don’t forget to stock up on some SPF filled lotion and try a product that’s not super greasy but provides the right amount of moisture.


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