How to Shave Legs With an Electric Shaver

by Mimi Bullock
Some people experience skin irritation when they first begin shaving.

Some people experience skin irritation when they first begin shaving.

Regular shaving with a razor keeps your legs smooth to the touch, but the trade off can be razor burn and painful nicks. An electric shaver allows you to whisk away the hairs, whenever you like, without walking away with bandages and pain. Electric razors come in two types -- wet and dry -- which means you can shave in or out of the shower. Get the best shave possible with this portable, electric tool and enjoy visibly smooth legs in just a few minutes.

Dry Shaving

Clean the skin with a warm, soapy cloth, using a non-drying soap to avoid leaving residue behind. Rinse out the cloth and wring away the excess water. Rub your legs with the cloth, starting at the ankle and working upward. This will soften and raise the hairs, making them easier to shave away.

Pat your legs dry with a dry towel, rubbing from the ankle upward.

Turn on the electric shaver and shave one leg from the ankle upward, against the direction of growth. Repeat on the other leg.

Apply a soothing skin lotion to cleanly shaved legs.

Wet Shaving

Step into a warm shower. Prepare your legs for shaving by wiping them down with a soapy bath mitt or washcloth. Rinse away the soap.

Cover one section of your leg with shaving foam or gel. Turn on the electric shaver.

Move the razor up the leg, against the direction of hair growth. Add more shaving foam or gel to the leg and continue to shave, whisking away the hairs.

Rinse your legs with water. Step out of the shower and pat the skin dry without rubbing. Soothe the skin with a hydrating moisturizer.

Items you will need

  • Wash cloth
  • Soap
  • Towel
  • Skin lotion
  • Bath mitt
  • Shaving foam or gel


  • Clean the razor after every use.
  • It may take several uses for your skin to acclimate to electric razor shaving.


  • Do not oil your legs before shaving. This can damage and clog the shaver.

About the Author

Mimi Bullock's writing reflects her love of traveling the back roads of small towns and sampling the local cuisine. As a regular feature writer for "Southern Hospitality Traveler" and journalist for "Beachin' Magazine," she gets to experience the rich heritage of the southern culture. She is also a licensed cosmetologist who has her own skin care line.

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