How to Keep Legs Smoother Longer

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You love how smooth your legs feel right after a shave, but that stubble-free look may not last as long as you'd like. For some women, hair starts popping up less than a day after shaving. Fortunately, you don't need to shave every day to keep your legs feeling soft and hair-free.

Exfoliate Your Legs

It's easy to forget about exfoliating when you're in a hurry. If you want silky smooth legs, though, don't skip it. Exfoliating helps get rid of dead skin that blocks hairs from coming out of their follicles. Your razor blade can't reach these trapped hairs without your help.

Any type of exfoliating product will work. If you're on a budget, make your own scrub by mixing one part sugar and two parts body lotion. Apply the scrub to your legs, then rinse off. You can also exfoliate by running a rough sponge, such as a loofah, up and down your legs.

Razors and Waxing

If you notice stubble or red, irritated skin after a shave, it's probably time to swap your razor blade for a new one. It's best to replace the blade after just three uses. When it gets too dull, you'll stop getting a close shave. Use a razor that has multiple blades for the smoothest results. If you suffer from dry skin, pick a razor that also has a moisturizing strip.

For longer-lasting smooth legs, consider waxing instead of shaving. Waxing pulls the entire hair out of the follicle, so it will take longer to grow back. After waxing, leg hair might not grow back for a few weeks. Wax your legs at home or have a salon professional do it for you.

Soak Your Legs

Shaving works best when you've soaked your skin first. Soaking softens hairs, so they're easier to shave off. Before shaving, soak your legs in warm water for 10 to 15 minutes. Never shave when your legs are completely dry -- that's a recipe for nicks and razor burn. You'll also end up with prickly stubble instead of a smooth shave. If you must shave outside of the shower or tub, use a washcloth to pat your legs with warm water first.

Perfect Your Shaving Technique

Shaving your legs seems like a no-brainer, especially when you've been doing it for years or even decades. If you're not getting the smooth results you want, though, consider revamping your shaving technique. Before you begin, apply a thin layer of shaving cream to your legs. This helps the razor glide across your skin, so you'll remove more hair while protecting your skin from cuts. Shave against the direction of the hair growth, and rinse your razor after every stroke. When you're done, apply moisturizer to your legs. This process is similar for electric razors, but you do not need to apply shaving cream.