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Ways to Get Smooth Legs
Women are expected to shave if their legs are going to be exposed, but no one really appreciates how difficult that is. There are so many things that can go wrong in the process of shaving, from missing that section on the back of your calf, to slicing your skin open. Not to mention related issues like having sensitive skin or developing ingrown hairs. Even if you get a good shave on your legs, your skin can still be red and irritated afterwards.
The key to a good shaving experience is preparation and technique, but those can be difficult to master. Everyone’s skin and hair is different, so what works for one person may not work for another.
The best method is to try out a few things that work for people with your particular skin issues, and see what works best for you. Here are a few things that worked for me.
Start a leg care routine
The key to smooth skin on any part of your body is to exfoliate and to moisturize regularly. You should be moisturizing every day, and exfoliating at least once a week, or at least before you shave. Sugar scrubs are a popular way to exfoliate, and most come with moisturizers as a body care set.
Try different styles of razors
There are so many different razor options out there that it can be intimidating to find the right one, but there are a few things you can look for.
- Single blade/ safety razors: If you suffer from ingrown hairs, a single blade razor may be a better choice for you. Multiple blades can actually increase ingrown hairs because of the way they shave. If you’re in the market for a single blade razor, rather than buy a large bag of them, I would recommend a safety razor. These are great for getting a close shave, particularly if you have very thick hair.
- Moisturizing strips: I don’t find moisturizing strips to be particularly effective, but if you’re not good about keeping up with a skin care routine for your legs, or if you don’t prefer to use shaving cream, these are a good option. They can help keep your skin from getting too irritated and dry from shaving.
- Multi-blade razors: If you find that you’re cutting yourself a lot, or if your skin has a lot of discomfort while you shave, a multi-blade razor may be better. They can eliminate the pressure you put on skin as you shave, and can also help lessen your chance for cuts. Of course, a multi-blade razor is still sharp, so you’ll still have to be careful while shaving.
- Men’s razors: don’t feel like you’re stuck only using lady’s razors. You can absolutely switch over the to the men’s section if you need to. Men’s razors are made to cut much tougher hairs on sensitive skin. They can be surprisingly effective for legs as well!
Regardless of what type of razor you purchase, keep in mind that the most expensive razor is not always the best. Don’t get caught up in buying the latest twenty dollar razor. It’s more about what works for your skin’s needs.
Use good shaving habits
Of course, the way you shave can be just as important as what you use to shave. It’s a good idea to experiment and see what shaving habits work with your skin. Here are a few things you can try.
- See if shaving against or with the direction of your hair makes a difference. This may change depending on the part of your leg that you’re shaving as well.
- Soak your legs in hot water before you shave, to soften the skin.
- Gently exfoliate before you shave with a sugar scrub or some other method.
- Try using shaving cream.
There are plenty of different techniques to apply. Regardless, make sure moisturizing afterwards is part of any shaving routine. You can do this immediately after you shave if it doesn’t irritate your skin, otherwise try to moisturize within 24 hours after shaving. Keeping your skin moisturized is the best way to achieve smooth skin no matter what you’re doing.
Try out non-shaving methods
If shaving just really doesn’t work for you, don’t fret. There’s still hope for you too. Here are some non-shaving methods for hair removal on your legs.
- Hair removal creams: These are probably the easiest way to get smooth legs that will last for more than a day, however there are some trade offs. These creams contain a lot of chemicals, and they may irritate your skin more depending on how sensitive it is. If you do try a cream, make sure you follow the directions carefully.
- Epilators: An epilator is a small device that can pull out multiple hairs at once. Since you’re plucking out the hairs, this method will last longer than shaving. It may help with skin irritation as well, since you’re not dragging anything across your skin. The only issues are that plucking the hair is going to hurt more than shaving, and for some people this method can cause more ingrown hairs. You may want to try just a patch on your leg to see if you can handle the pain, and wait a week or so to see how the hair grows back.
- Waxing: Waxing is a popular option for hair removal. It can last a while since, like with an epilator, you’re pulling the hair out at the root. However, you do have to apply hot wax to your skin with this method. I’ve experienced some skin irritation with waxing in the past, although, when done right, it’s a quick way to rid of your hair.
How to Keep Your Legs Smooth
If you’re still lost and unsure which methods to try out, stop to consider what you need for your legs. If your legs are going to be exposed every day, using a no-shave method may be better. It will keep your skin smoother for longer, and all you’ll have to do is touch up now and then with a razor.
If you just need one night of smooth, perfect legs, then a razor is fine. Make sure you choose a razor that suits your skin, and follow good shaving habits. Exfoliate beforehand, use a shaving cream if you prefer, and make sure that you moisturize afterwards.
Regardless, keep up with your skin care. Exfoliating and moisturizing should be a regular part of your routine if you want smooth legs.