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How to Shave the Top of Your Legs

by S.R. Becker, studioD

If you're one of the many women who only shave their legs from the knees down, you might be surprised at how much hair is growing on the backs of your thighs. You can get away with letting the tops of your legs go in winter, but when the shorts and swimsuits battle their ways out of the closet, perhaps it's time to give your legs a good going-over and combine a shave with a hot bath or shower for full-body pampering.

Pour a dime-sized amount of moisturizing body wash on a washcloth and give your legs a good scrub once they're wet to help remove the dead skin cells that can prevent a close shave. If you have a tub, soak for as long as you like -- this helps to relax the follicle and soften the hair.

Pat your skin dry when you are finished bathing and sit on the edge of the drained tub. If you have a shower, sit on a chair or stool just outside the shower after it has been turned off. Cover your legs with shaving gel or cream from your knees to the top of your thighs.

Shave the front of each thigh in long upward strokes, rinsing the blade after each stroke. If necessary, stand up to better see the backs of your legs.

Rinse your legs and the razor. Pat your skin dry with a soft towel and apply lotion or body oil to soothe your skin.

Items you will need
  •  Washcloth
  •  Body wash
  •  Shaving cream
  •  Multi-blade razor
  •  Towel
  •  Lotion or body oil


  • Always use a new razor blade to get the closest shave. Look for one with multiple blades and a moisturizing strip.


  • Scented lotions and oils may irritate freshly shaved skin. Use unscented, dye-free products to help prevent irritation.

About the Author

S.R. Becker is a certified yoga teacher based in Queens, N.Y. She has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and has worked as a writer and editor for more than 15 years. Becker often writes for "Yoga in Astoria," a newsletter about studios throughout New York City.

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