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How to Shave Your Legs Without Getting Razor Burn, Bumps, or Cuts.

Updated on June 6, 2017

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Exfoliate and Moisturize

Here are the steps to a perfectly smooth shave:

  1. Before shaving, soak in warm water for a few minutes. The warm water helps moisturize your skin and the hair, making nicks and razor burn less likely to happen.
  2. Use an exfoliating body wash or scrub. Exfoliating removes the top layer of dry, dead skin. This allows the blade of the razor to glide over skin evenly and smoothly. If you don't have an exfoliating body wash, at least use a loofah. These help exfoliate the skin as well. I recommend Bath and Body Work's Glowing Body Scrub (as pictured in Apple Daffodil scent). Rinse well.
  3. Gently rub a moisturizing body wash or shaving cream over your legs. I recommend and use True Blue Spa's Super Rich Body Cream (as pictured in Shave The Day) available at Bath and Body Works and online. Moisturizing is very important. This step keeps your skin hydrated and is imperative to having the closest, smoothest shave without nicks and bumps. GirlsLife.com says "if you don't use shaving creme, you won't get the closest shave and you may experience more irritation post shave - like red bumps. Shaving creme moisturizes your skin and lifts the hair up, allowing for a closer shave. Plus it allows you to see where you've shaved".
  4. Always use a fresh blade and replace your razor often. Some people will tell you to use a dull razor to prevent cuts, but a dull razor actually increases the likelihood of cuts. The reason is that razors dull unevenly and no longer glide across skin, nicking your poor legs in the process. Plus, it's just more sanitary that way. Shave from your ankle up to your knee, going against the grain. Try to shave in one fluid stroke and then rinse your blade off to help keep cuts and razor burn at bay. I always bend my knee and shave it after the rest because it is a tricky spot.
  5. Rinse the moisturizer off well. Pat dry. Rubbing or drying too much will dry up the much needed hydration from the water that your legs need after shaving.
  6. Apply a lotion all over legs for super softness. I prefer anything with cocoa butter. If you rub your lotion in while your legs are still moist, your skin will absorb it more.
  7. Enjoy super smooth legs!


First Things First: Choose the Right Razor

Some people prefer razors with disposable heads. This means that you can buy any type of blade that fits on your handle (usually within the same brand). These are usually more expensive, have a gel strip, and more blades. They often curve as you glide it over your legs to prevent cuts.

Another option is a plain and simple disposable razor, most commonly referred to as the brand name, Bic. In the video I am using a double-blade disposable razor. It works fine for me. I replace my razor once a week and I shave almost every day.


*Please note: you can use an electric razor where no water is needed. This tutorial is not to be used with an electric razor.

It Seriously Works!

Testimonial by user, Sarah Bearuh: "I take the extra time and effort to shave my legs the way its outlined in this Hub. I always get compliments on how smooth and soft my legs are now! The little bit of extra time is so worth it. I also have to shave my legs less often."

Examples

This is what your razor should look like. The blue moisturizing strips should not be frayed or missing from any area. The blades should be free of old hair, skin, and dried shaving cream. Make sure you wash your razor often while shaving.
This is what your razor should look like. The blue moisturizing strips should not be frayed or missing from any area. The blades should be free of old hair, skin, and dried shaving cream. Make sure you wash your razor often while shaving. | Source
Don't be afraid of men's products. They are often sold in sets with exfoliates, razors and moisturizers in one package.
Don't be afraid of men's products. They are often sold in sets with exfoliates, razors and moisturizers in one package. | Source

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Sources

http://www.girlslife.com/print/2011/04/14/Venus-Shaving-QA-Sesh.aspx

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