How to Shave Your Legs

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Our guide on how to shave your legs shows you how to get a close shave while avoiding nicks and cuts. Even if you’ve been using the razor on your legs for years, I’m sure you’ll learn some new tricks for better results.

Choose Your Shaving Cream or Gel Wisely

Please don't use regular soap. This can be too drying and not provide enough glide. Remember, what you use has as much on the outcome of your shave as your razor.

The Art of Shaving Unscented, Shaving Cream for Women (compare prices) is phenomenal for getting a smooth shave, moisturizing skin and preventing ingrown hairs. 

Don’t Skimp on Your Razor

Stay clear of the straight, cheap disposables or you'll be asking for cuts and nicks. Instead use a razor with a pivoting head and preferably multiple blades to give you a smooth, close shave. My pick for the ladies is Schick Quattro for Women (compare prices). For some, multiple blades irritate the skin because they pull hair up a bit to get an ultra close shave. If you've noticed that multiple blades don't work well for you, opt for a single blade.

Give a Haircut 

If you’ve never shaved, or haven’t in a while, it’s good to trim hair down as short as possible. You can do that by placing a comb flat on the skin and trim over comb with scissors or with clippers using the shortest guard. The less hair you start out with means less use of your razor and leads to less clogging of the blade.

Take a Warm Shower or Bath

At least five minutes of the heat will soften skin and relax the hair follicle. So shampoo your hair and wash your body first.

Exfoliate

Unless your skin is irritated, get rid dead skin cells and provide a closer shave by using a mild exfoliator or your favorite body wash with an Ayate washcloth (compare prices) on your legs.

Dab on Some Shaving Oil

Working as a barrier on your skin, the razor will glide easier instead of dragging and moisturize skin. It also helps prevent razor burn, general irritation, and ingrown hairs. This isn’t a necessary step, but a big life-saver for those who struggle with nicks, razor rash, dryness or have sensitive skin.

Apply Shaving Cream or Gel

Make sure skin is damp, but not overly wet. If you have a shaving brush, work the product with the brush in circles to help lift hair and get a closer shave.

Shave

Using a fresh blade, using firm but not excessive pressure, go in opposite direction of hair growth while holding skin taut. Don't go over the same area too many times.

Rinse

In between strokes, be sure to rinse blade. A clogged razor won’t work well.

Cleanse

Rinse area thoroughly to avoid itching and pat dry with a soft towel.

Moisturize

Apply a light lotion, preferably one that is unscented. You don’t want anything too rich so as to clog the hair follicle or that will aggravate freshly shaved skin with its fragrance. But something light will help hydrate the skin and make it look more soft and smooth.

Fight Redness

Men or those with thick leg hair can use a product like Flawless Ingrown Hair Serum (compare prices on Amazon) to ward off bumps, redness, and ingrown hairs.

Tips

  1. Watch the direction of hair growth. Sometimes the hair on the back of the legs grows from left-to-right or ​right-to-left instead of downwards, so adjust the blade's shaving direction to get the closest results.
  2. Be extra careful with your pressure using the razor around your ankles and shin bones.
  3. Shaving is only temporary, to get longer lasting results (up to six weeks) try waxing or sugaring.

What You Need

  • Comb and scissors or clippers (if hair needs trimming)
  • Pivoting razor with multiple blades
  • Shaving cream or gel
  • Shaving oil (optional)
  • Shaving brush (optional)
  • Light, unscented lotion