Shaving your legs seems simple, right? That’s because it is, especially if you follow these simple steps…
We’ve all dreamt of having shaved legs that are smooth as butter, and which stay like that for a long time. Achieving this is not as difficult as some people make it out to be; they’ll give you lots of advice, but how much of it is actually useful? Here are 6 crucial things about shaving legs that no one ever tells about:
Put some effort into finding the right razor
Do yourself a favour and don’t just grab the first disposable razor that you see. Try out a number of different razors to see which one works best for you. There are subtle differences between the brands, and they could well be the difference between smooth legs and razor burn. If you find that the hair on your legs is a little too stubborn than usual, don’t hesitate to try a men’s razor—you don’t have to stick to the feminine razors.
Shave AFTER you shower
A very common mistake people make is to shave before taking a shower. Whether it’s your legs, underarms, or even your face, after the shower is when you should be shaving. While you are showering, it gives the skin and hair enough time to soak up the moisture, making them soft and prepping them for the shave. Also, the steam from the shower open up the pores in your skin, resulting in closer shaves. You can shave your legs while still in the shower, towards the end.
Swap the soap for a shaving cream
Getting a good lather going is crucial to ensuring a close shave. And it doesn’t matter how good the soap you use is, it’ll never be as good at lathering as a shaving cream/gel. These are products specifically designed to help deliver a smooth shave, so why not take advantage of it? Trust us, switching from a soap to a shaving gel will be one of the best decisions you’ll ever make.
Gentle does the trick
While we don’t go attacking our legs with razors, most of us are still guilty of using too much force. Yes, you do need to apply a little pressure, but the keyword here is ‘little’. Be gentle with the razor and fight the temptation to press it hard against the skin all the time. Modern razors are extremely sharp and do not require you to be anything more than gentle. If you are having to use a lot more force than necessary, then the problem is often a dull razor that needs to be swapped.
Longer strokes aren’t necessarily better
The most common myth you will encounter about shaving your legs is to ensure that the strokes are longer, and that you cover as much area as possible in a single stroke. This is absolutely pointless. The size of the shaving stroke has no effect whatsoever on the quality of the shave. In fact, you are more likely to get a close shave using shorter strokes of the razor! Shorter strokes help you cover an area well and make it less likely that you’ll have to shave the area again—the fewer times you go over an area, the less likely you are to suffer razor burn, ingrown hair, or even infections.
Shave in the direction of hair growth
The ad model who shaves her leg upwards from the ankle better pray that it is also the direction of the hair growth because if not, she is doing some serious long-term damage. Shaving in the direction of hair growth is one of the basic tenets of shaving. Shaving against the grain does not give you a closer shave—that’s just a pointless myth. What it will in fact do is cause your hair follicles to grow as stubble, which not only makes it increasingly harder to shave, but also eliminates waxing as a viable hair-removal option. It’ll also cause unnecessary irritation and increases the chances of ingrown hair. Always—and we mean always—shave in the direction of the hair growth.
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