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How to Shave Your Legs

How to Get Your Closest Shave Ever

Sounds novice, but there is a technique to getting your closest shave ever. If you're showing off your legs, you don't want to show off stubble or nicks, and these tips will have you soft, silky and cut-free in no time. On Kirbie: H&M.

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Prickly legs are a thing of the past, especially when you have all the right moves when it comes to shaving. So today I'm gonna show you how to get your closest, smoothest shave ever for sexy, silky legs. Start by prepping your legs by taking a hot bath or a shower. Hot water softens the hair cuticle, giving it less resistance to the blade of your razor, which creates a smoother shave. Try starting this process about five minutes after jumping in. Just like your face, your legs need exfoliating too. It's really important that you exfoliate your legs before you shave because if you do it after, you can really irritate your skin. This gets rid of all the dead, dry skin before you use your razor. Now I like one with glycolic acid because it helps to loosen dead skin but a body wash and a loofah works just as well. And for a homemade version try using half a cup of brown sugar with one tablespoon of olive oil. When it comes to shaving cream, look for products with glycerin in them. Do not be afraid to borrow from the boys. If they can clear a beard easily, your legs will be as Cinch to shave. Glycerine prevents cuts because it allows the razor to glide over the skin. And this one has menthol in it, so you'll be able to feel a nice, cooling sensation. Plus it moisturisers to prevent dry flaky legs. Here is another tip. You are out of shaving cream. Opt for hair conditioner, its moisturising and does not foam not much so you'll be able to easily navigate your way around. Any razor will do, as long as it's sharp. But try to look for razors with more than one blade. Toss the disposable razor after three uses, and if you have a reusable one, change the blade after every six uses. For a really close shave, you have to take your time. Start shaving upwards, against the way the hair grows and then back down.This way you wont miss any stray hairs. If you have sensitive skin, shave in the direction of hair growth three times, to avoid ingrown. Follow this process from the front to the side and then the back of the legs. The dreaded knee, it's the most annoying part so here's what you do. bend your leg on a side of the tub to pull the skin tight and try to keep your balance, please. With your knee bent, shave in downward, vertical strokes to avoid nicks and cuts The key here is short strokes and light pressure. Then shave upward. Lastly, on the top, bottom, and side, shave lightly from left to right. Rinse all of the shaving cream residue off of your legs, pat dry, and then apply your favorite moisturizer. Now don't rub your legs with a towel. If you dry them out and chafe them so just pat lightly. For lotion, I like one with shea butter because they're creamy and they quench dry legs with moisture, and baby lotions are gentle, hydrating, and a little nostalgic as well. and there you have it. Your smoothest, closest shave ever. I hope these shaving tips get you out of your next hairy situation. I'm Kirby and thanks for watching Bella Sugar TV.

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Sadhie Sadhie 3 years
 @Annie Tomlin haha, you are quite right. I try not to stress too much over it. Thanks!
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 3 years
 @Sadhie Waxing at home is definitely a challenge. I used to do it until I overheated the wax and walked around with little bits of dried wax on my knees. Hang in there — at the end of the day, it's only hair, and the world will not end if your shins have a little stubble. :)
Sadhie Sadhie 3 years
 @Annie Tomlin I've tried waxing at home, but it hurts too much and the results are sub par. Depilatory creams don't work at all (I am Indian and have bristly dark hair). So for me too, shaving is easiest/cheapest so far, though with little pay off.
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 3 years
 @sweetpuppylove12 Thanks for the tip!
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 3 years
 @Sadhie Have you ever tried any other hair removal methods? I have, but for the most part, shaving's the easiest for me.
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 3 years
 @Mommis Maturity correlates with wisdom, and wisdom is beauty...
sweetpuppylove12 sweetpuppylove12 3 years
here is another tip: use unscented body wash, body wash is made to make your skin soft why not use it on your legs for shaving, i'd like to shave my legs after i exfloliatated my whole body and then shave while i'm in the shaver less mess.
Sadhie Sadhie 3 years
Great tips. I always "warm up" my legs by soaking and exfoliating before too. And I think hair conditioner is better than shaving cream for me. Foam doesn't get in the way and the razor glides smoother. Then I pat dry and apply I pretty much follow your routine there, haha. However, no matter how I shave or with what, I get prickly stubble in less than 12 hours. It is so annoying!!!
Icequeen81 Icequeen81 3 years
nice tips
Janet-J Janet-J 3 years
This is awesome! Alot of info! And very helpful for us "mature" women. :)
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