How to Get Nice Smooth Legs Without Ingrown Hairs

by Kelly Sundstrom ; Updated July 18, 2017

Know how to shave your legs without causing ingrown hairs.

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Shaving might be part of your daily routine, but it can often be accompanied by itching, irritation and even ingrown hairs. Many women shave their legs incorrectly, which can cause the legs to become scratched, burned and inflamed. To avoid causing ingrown hairs or irritation, shave your legs the right way, so they will be smooth and sleek while remaining soothed.

Soak your legs in the bathtub in very warm water to soften the skin sufficiently. Fill the tub and sit in the water for at least 15 minutes. Allow the water to cover your legs.

Apply a moisturizing shaving cream to keep the legs hydrated while shaving, and shave in the direction of hair growth. Spread a good amount of shaving cream onto your legs, covering the entire area well. Use a razor that contains a new blade, making sure to shave with the grain of the hair growth.

Apply jojoba oil to keep your skin hydrated and to allow it to heal quickly. Pour 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil into your hands and rub them together well to distribute the oil evenly. Gently massage the oil into your skin, covering the area with a thin coat. Allow the jojoba oil to soak in.


  • Soaking the skin helps the hairs extend farther outside of the surface. This allows the razor to cut the hair closely and prevents the skin from becoming scratched or scraped. When razor burns are prevented, ingrown hairs can be avoided more easily because the skin will be less swollen and inflamed.

    Using a noncomedogenic oil on the skin, such as jojoba oil, keeps it hydrated so it remains soothed and less inflamed. This reduces the chance that the hairs will become caught under the skin when they grow out.

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