Shaving is a painless and inexpensive way to get hairless legs in a flash. However, while a few quick swipes in your morning shower might zap some stubble, quick shaving can also leave you with razor bumps, ingrown hairs or regrowth later in the day, especially if you have coarse hair. It is still possible to keep using your razor and have smooth, great-looking legs with some grooming-savvy tools and techniques.
Shave in the evening. Legs swell as you sleep and the puffiness hides some of the hair, so shaving in the morning can leave you with stubble later in the day. You'll get the closest shave in the evening after swelling has subsided.
Shave within the first 10 minutes of your shower or bath. While warm water softens hair, it also causes swelling, which inhibits a close shave.
Use a women's shaving cream or gel. Soap can be drying, so opt for a moisture-filled shaving cream to smooth skin and soften coarse hair for the best results. If you have dry or sensitive skin, make sure alcohol or fragrance isn't listed in the first three ingredients or choose a formula made for sensitive skin. Rub the cream against the hair growth to help the stubble stand up for an extra-close shave.
Choose a three-, four- or five-blade razor with a pivoting head. Multiple blades ensure coarse hair gets clipped while an adjustable, pivoting head helps guide the blade around tough-to-reach areas, like ankles and knees. If you find your skin is dry or irritated after using a four- or five-blade razor, scale back to a three-blade razor, which is gentler on sensitive skin. Look for moisturizing strips that contain ingredients like aloe to help the blade glide over skin and infuse moisture.
Change blades regularly. Ditch blades in as little as one shave and no more than ten to ensure smooth, nick-free results.
Use a hair-growth inhibitor. Over-the-counter hair-growth inhibiting creams applied as directed may help slow growth and promote finer, sparser regrowth.
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- If you're out of shaving cream, choose to use hair conditioner over regular soap to prevent dryness, condition skin and get smoother legs.
Hilary White is a professional writer and editor based in San Diego. White has been writing articles on fashion, style, fitness, nutrition, movies and entertainment since 1994. Her articles have been published in "Westways" magazine, "Pages" magazine, "Book Street USA," "Magill's Cinema Annual," and numerous titles from Visible Ink Press. White holds a bachelor's degree in English from Michigan State University.
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