How Do You Shave Your Legs?

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If you're a tween or teen looking to start shaving your legs, congrats on getting to this step! It's exciting, right? We suggest you talk to your mom if you haven't already to get some tips, and after you do, here are some great how-to tips for shaving.

What Do You Need?

  • A Razor
  • Shaving Cream/Lotion/Gel
  • Water
  • Lotion

How to Shave

  • Get your legs wet. It's very important to make sure your skin is thoroughly wet before you apply the shaving cream.
  • Apply shaving cream. Make sure you have shaving cream over every part of your leg that you're going to shave. We like eos: Shave Cream.  If you miss any areas, it will cause the razor to drag which could lead to razor burn or visible stubble left behind.
  • Put the razor on your legs with the blades flat against your skin. The razor head looks like a rectangle with the blade(s) slightly sticking out. Simply press the rectangle down on your skin.
  • Press gently but evenly as you slide the razor from your ankle up towards your knee. It should just be an even press, slide, lift motion.
  • Rinse the razor after every swipe or two. This will help avoid clogging the razor with hair and shaving cream
  • Moisturize after you shave. Every single time it's important to apply moisturizing lotion. Shaving not only takes off the hair on your legs but the dead skin cells, too which is called exfoliation! This leaves fresh new skin on the surface of your skin. To avoid letting this new, smooth skin get dry and flaky, apply lotion as soon as you step out of the shower and towel off. We recommend NIVEA Smooth Daily Moisture Body Lotion.

    What You Should Know

    • Never, ever shave your legs dry. It might be so tempting to grab the razor for a quick shave before school, but shaving dry can easily cause small cuts and razor burn.  It also can hurt.
    • It's best to shave in the shower. If you shave towards the end of your shower, the water has time to soften the hair on your legs which will give you a closer shave. If you're going to shave in the bath, however, don't wait until the end. But then your legs have become swollen with water retention and your shave won't be as close as if you shaved towards the beginning of your bath.
    • Don't steal your parent's razor. Grab a new one, buy your own or ask your parents for a new one. For hygienic reasons, sharing a razor isn't ideal, especially when they don't know you're sharing it.
    • A multi-blade razor is best. Multi-blade razors can make shaving faster and give you a closer shave. Instead of one blade doing all of the work, the second or third blade in the razor picks up what was left behind.  We like Schick Hydro Silk Razor.
    • Inspect your razor before you use it. Razors don't last forever, but you can use them quite a while before you have to switch. If you have been using a razor for some time be sure to check it out before you use it again.  Does it look dull?  Do you see any rusty areas?  Is it clogged with hair?  Switch it out when you think you need to. Using a razor past its prime can lead to nicks, cuts, and razor burn. 
    • If you find you're prone to razor burn, shave from the knee down. Most people shave from the ankle up to get a close shave, but those people who are prone to razor burn find that going the opposite way helps keep razor burn at bay.
    • Exfoliate Often, But Never After Your Shave. Exfoliating gets rid of dead skin cells and helps avoid ingrown hair and shaving bumps. Exfoliate often, but only before your shave or on non-shaving days.

      Congratulation on your first shave! While it might seem like an ordeal today, soon enough you'll have it down pat and it will be just as routine as washing your hair.