How to Shave Leg Stubble

by Melissa Morang ; Updated September 28, 2017

Always use a shaving gel when removing leg stubble.

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Shaving legs is time-consuming and frustrating, especially if you shave several times a week. Don't rush through the shaving process because you're in a hurry, however. You may end up with unsightly red bumps and itchy skin. This can happen if you shave in the wrong direction, use dull blades or don't moisturize your legs properly. Therefore, you must prepare your legs properly and shave carefully to remove leg stubble.

Moisten your legs before shaving them. This will soften the stubble and make it stand up. Thus, it will be easier to shave. Shower for at least five minutes to ensure the stubble on your legs is properly moistened.

Use a shaving cream on your legs instead of soap. Shaving creams contain ingredients such as aloe that are designed to soothe your skin. Apply the cream to your leg area after you have finished showering and let it penetrate for two minutes.

Use a sharp razor when shaving. If you are using a disposable razor, throw it away after two or three uses. Dull blades may irritate your skin and cause redness.

Shave your legs in the proper direction. This will reduce the possibility of the hair curling back into the skin and becoming ingrown. Glide the razor slowly over a section of the leg in the direction of hair growth. Rinse the razor under water. Shave the next section of your leg in the same manner. Continue shaving in this way until you have removed all the stubble from your legs.

Dry your legs with a towel and apply a body moisturizer to reduce irritation. Simply place two or three drops of the moisturizer on each leg and rub it in to ensure penetration.

Tips

  • Scrub your legs with an exfoliating product when you bathe to prevent ingrown hairs. Use an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream if your legs get red. Apply the cream twice a day, according to the manufacturer's instructions.

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About the Author

Melissa Morang began writing professionally in 2002. She has created sales scripts for telemarketing companies and contributes to online publications. Morang has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Minnesota.