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How to Have Soft Skin When You Shave Your Legs

by M.H. Dyer

Smooth, hairless legs are a must when you slip those gams into short shorts or a flirty skirt. Having soft, sexy legs doesn't take a lot of hard work, but it does require patience, a generous dose of tender loving care -- and some really good shaving gel. Take your time or you may end up with just what you don't want -- slices, nicks, cuts and bumps with annoying stubble and red, rough and irritated skin.

Exfoliate your legs once every week to remove dead skin cells and make shaving more effective. Use a commercial product or make your own scrub by mixing olive oil with brown or white sugar to make a paste. Exfoliate your legs before shaving and toward the end of a shower or bath, when your legs are soft and moist.

Lather up with an alcohol-free shaving gel before shaving. A gel, which is thicker than lotions, softens the skin and helps the razor glide smoothly, preventing cuts and nicks. Avoid shaving dry legs because doing so may cause razor burn.

Shave your legs while you're in the tub or shower because steam and warm water soften the skin. Use a good razor with a rounded, pivoting head that simplifies shaving around ankles, shins and knees.

Replace razor blades at the first sign of dullness or whenever you find yourself shaving the same area more than once. As a general rule, a disposable blade lasts five to 10 shaves.

Rinse the shaving gel thoroughly and then dry your legs with a soft, fluffy towel.

Rub body lotion or moisturizing cream into your legs as soon as you finish shaving to seal in moisture and soften your legs. Use a mild, fragrance-free lotion or cream to avoid skin irritation.

Items you will need
  • Exfoliant or scrub
  • Alcohol-free shaving gel
  • Sharp razor with pivoting head
  • Soft towel
  • Fragrance-free lotion or cream

About the Author

M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.

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