Tips for Men on Shaving the Legs

by Michelle Miley ; Updated July 18, 2017

Despite what advertisers tell you, shaving your legs is not super fun.

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Whether a swimmer, biker or competitive bodybuilder, your quest for competition and need for speed may make it necessary for you to shave your legs at some point in your athletic career. Shaving legs is much different than shaving faces, so it is good to learn a few tricks to make it easier.

Shaving Tips for Shaving Time

The first time you shave -- or when it has been awhile since your last bout with a razor -- go over your legs with electric clippers before shaving with a razor. Always use a sharp blade and shaving gel to avoid nicks, and never use soap as a substitute for shaving cream. When you first start shaving, do it while soaking in the tub. This may seem girlie, but shaving in the shower requires an excellent, flamingo-like sense of balance and is almost impossible to do if you need strong prescription glasses to see your own toes. Take it slow around your ankles, kneecaps, shin bones and the backs of your knees. It is very easy to cut these areas. After shaving, pat your legs dry with a clean towel, then moisturize them while they are still damp. Finally, clean out the bathtub when you are done -- no one else in your family wants to shower with the wookies formerly known as your leg hair. And remember that while shaving is time consuming, it is faster and easier if you stay on top of it and shave at least twice a week.

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Writing professionally since 2008, Michelle Miley specializes in home and garden topics but frequently pens career, style and marketing pieces. Her essays have been used on college entrance exams and she has more than 4,000 publishing credits. She holds an Associate of Applied Science in accounting, having graduated summa cum laude.