Some women are obsessed with shaving, while others could care less. Come on, we’ve all seen those legs that just look pathetic, right? Bumps, razor cuts, and all! So how do you obtain great, satiny, smooth, silky looking legs? You know, the ones you see on TV that look so sexy? Well, I’ve put together a few of my favorite shaving tips. Keep reading to find out how you can have a pair of great looking legs this summer!
1. Beyond Shaving
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Have your tried waxing? If you haven’t, but you have wanted to try it at home, my best word of advice would be this: Don’t buy the cheap drug store brands! They just don’t work as well and you will find your first experience unsatisfactory and upsetting. Also, if you have really stubborn hair, I would suggest leaving the wax job to a professional beauty salon. You might pay more money, but the results will leave you smiling for weeks!
2. Exfoliate First
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Honestly, this is something I just learned about, and it works. Legs tend to be dry and therefore produce much more dead skin cells. When you exfoliate before you shave, you remove the dead skin, allowing your razor a closer shave. Also, you will help prevent ingrown hair, which, by the way, is what causes all those unsightly bumps.
3. Eliminate Razor Burn and Bumps
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Razor burn and umps can happen to the best of us, even when we are extra careful. You can buy over the counter products to heal razor burn and lessen the itch. Be sure your product includes salicylic acid. Another product to try is hydrocortisone cream. Another tip is to not shave in the same area more than once or twice.
4. Wet Your Skin First
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If you shave while in the shower or bath, wait about 10 minutes before you shave. This way, your skin has a chance to soften. Your leg hair will be easier to shave because the follicles will be softer. But don’t soak in the tub long. If you skin shrivels from the moisture, it also pulls the hair deeper into the skin.
5. Shaving Cream Advice
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You should always use shaving cream. Shaving your legs dry can cause itchy skin! It really does! If you have extra dry skin, the problem of itchy skin doubles after shaving. Use a good moisturizing shaving cream to combat that terrible itch!
6. Use Oil or Moisturizers
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After you shave, smooth on extra oil, such as baby oil, or your favorite moisturizer. You skin will feel silky soft and smooth! This is great advice, especially if you have extra dry skin. My skin needs all the help it can get. I hate that itchy feel after I shave and try to avoid it at all costs!
7. Shave in the Right Direction
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Leg hair grows in a downward direction, so you want to start shaving at your ankle and shave up, toward your knee. Clean your razor after every sweep. Dull or dirty razors can cut you and keep you from getting a close shave. DON’T buy cheap razors, either. Remember, you get what you pay for!
Here’s to your beautiful legs! Did any of these tips help you?
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