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How-To: A Clean Close Shave

Ahhh, there's nothing quite like the feeling of a clean, close shave. There's something so elegant and dainty about velvety-soft skin. Below is my five-step guide to getting the closest, most intimate shave you've ever experienced. This is one beauty tip you can share with your honey, too!

To find out the secret behind some of the best body-shaving techniques (for those of you who voted that you do in fact shave,

  • STEP 1: Feel the direction in which your hair grows; that is the direction in which you shave. Choose a razor that has multiple blades, since this will dramatically improve its performance. Also, I recommend changing the blade every five uses so that it retains its sharpness.
  • STEP 2: Splash the area that you are shaving with hot water so that your skin will soften and your pores will open up. That is why shaving in the shower/bath is ideal. Next, use a small amount of shaving cream and lather it up well so that your hair is pulled away from your skin.
  • STEP 3: Again, remember to shave in the direction in which your hair grows. With one hand, pull the skin taut so that it the surface is smoother (this helps prevent cuts). Use the other hand to shave, using light and slow strokes.
  • STEP 4: Don't forget to rinse the razor off after every other stroke to remove hair and excess cream from the razor.
  • STEP 5: When you are finished, rinse with cool water to help close your pores and refresh your skin. Pat dry with a clean towel and then apply your favorite body lotion to the area as a finishing touch. Now that the area is clean and smooth, the lotion will further nourish your skin!


LeChatonNoir LeChatonNoir 8 years
I tried going with the grain today, and as long as the razor is sharp enough, it generally works (I get a few stubborn hairs too) and then spot shave against the grain for places that weren't close enough. I used to have lots of problems with breakouts/ingrowns and I think this method is sooo much better. Glad I read the article - I was like, "what could I learn about shaving!?"
simplegirl simplegirl 8 years
thanks for the tips.. and AMP, baby oil sounds like a great idea, I'm gonna try it =)
Blackwidowchick Blackwidowchick 9 years
I normally shave against the grain too. I tried exfoliating before the shave, but to be honest I am too darn lazy to follow so many steps and have my hair grow back 2 days later. Maybe i will try waxing.
alig alig 9 years
soooooo.......i've been doing it wrong all these years. hmmmm....
soupprincess soupprincess 9 years
just a note: for all you ladies who exfoliate after you shave, don't use a salt scrub!!! It'll sting like fire on all those fresh little wounds in your legs. Even if you don't cut yourself, generally. Use a sugar or jojoba-bead based scrub, to avoid the stinging, or exfoliate beforehand. I've forgotten and done this one a few times, v. annoying.
Azúcar-Morena Azúcar-Morena 9 years
I'm going to try these tips, and try making my own exfoliate, thanks bella and class! xx-Morena
classybltch classybltch 9 years
i also exfoliate pre-shave. i make my own scrub with a little brown sugar & olive oil & never have to worry about running out. one question: what is the best direction to shave the hair on the back of your upper leg? seems like i can never get it perfect unless i shave this area in a bunch of different directions.
eeeyore138 eeeyore138 9 years
i meant shaving down duh! i still have the razor burn today so now i can't even shave regular - so sad.
eeeyore138 eeeyore138 9 years
Okay so I tried shaving up - didn't work!!! razor burn big time ouchie
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
Shaving down the leg seems silly! Also, it would be really hard to do in the shower! And wouldn't you have to hold your had twisted around? It's just awkward! That said, I love shaving. I hate the feel of hair inside my jeans, so I shave every morning. And then moisturize immediately after - I use Body Shop body butter as well, I loooove the cranberry scent!
creepupmytee creepupmytee 9 years
why shave in the direction of your hair growth? isn't it s'posed to be in the opposite direction...?
htiduj htiduj 9 years
i also shave "up", though im constantly nicking myself, so im going to try to shave "down" next time! i also find that i get a closer shave if i shave at the end of a bath, as opposed to the shower. and i like to exfoliate AFTER i shave, and then i use st ives vitamin E body lotion, and if its really cold and i feel my skin is going to be raw, i use my Nuxe Dry Oil (which I always put on my knees, elbows, hands and feet in the winter so that they dont dry up)
Dublin62505 Dublin62505 9 years
A mens Mach III razor, Zirh shaving cream or Skin Milk shaving cream followed by Ahava lotion afterwards does the trick for me!
ces016 ces016 9 years
thanks for the tip.. i dont like seeing my legs with hair..
plasticapple plasticapple 9 years
How can you even get a close shave if you shave 'with the grain'? It's not logical! lol I *hate* getting goose bumps right after I shave. I usually crank the heat up a few minutes before I get in the tub.
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
Pretty much what I do w/ my face. Shaving against the grain might get it closer, but over time will give your skin an "over-shaved" look.
JennyLovesYou JennyLovesYou 9 years
Yeah, I am a shave up girl too. Who knew? I will try this tomorrow!
ddene5713 ddene5713 9 years
that picture is so awkward. who would be interested in watching someone shave their legs? ha. weirdo.
Jonrah Jonrah 9 years
This guide is almost similar to my routine except I add a few more steps that really add softness to my skin. I follow all those steps except before I shave I exfoliate my skin with a scrub, and then after I slather on the lotion I put tights on for like 15 20 minutes. When I take the tights off, my legs are smoother than ever!
BeautyJunkieInSF BeautyJunkieInSF 9 years
I have found that I have to avoid getting cold after I shave so that I don't get red bumps all over my legs (goose bumps = disaster!). If I slather on The Body Shop's Body Butter right after I hop out, I get smooth and silky stems for at least 12 hours. My fav scent right now is Rich Plum!
WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 9 years
sooo......shaving "UP" your leg is bad =S, who knew that ?, I will try that next time...
Emiily Emiily 9 years
I hate shaving, it's miserable for me. I'll try the baby powder thing though. Thanks for the tips!
carlabunnie carlabunnie 9 years
If you apply baby powder after you shave it will drastically reduce razor burn! I shave at night, then apply baby power, when i wake up in the morning my razor burn is gone :)
Julienne Julienne 9 years
Thanks for the tip with the baby oil instead of shaving cream! I will try this tomorrow ;)
Rachel419 Rachel419 9 years
Cool, thanks for the tips Bella!
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