How To Shave Your Legs Properly

Shaving one's legs is a fact of life for most women. The satisfaction that comes with a truly smooth, flawless shave is rivaled by few things in life. Here's how to shave your legs to perfection.

Choose where you are going to shave your legs. In the bathtub shaving is easier as all of the hairs are going in one place.

Wet a sharp razor and your legs with warm water. Heat will relax the hair follicles, making them easier to shave.

Lather shaving gel, shaving cream, conditioner, soap or body wash/shower gel on your legs, front and back, lather it as far up as you want to shave. Shaving cream is also a good idea.

Slide the razor up your legs very lightly to avoid ingrown hairs. Be sure to go slow if this is your first time. If you go too fast with an unsteady hand, you will be sure to get cuts and razor burn on your legs. Rinse the razor between strokes. Repeat. Start at the front of your leg and slowly work around, going back over the area more than once to make sure you don't leave any hairs behind. Put on more gel if necessary. Pay special attention while doing your knee, an irregular and bony area. Bend your leg and tend your skin according to the zone of the knee you are shaving.

Rinse your razor for next time, or else it'll soon be useless. To keep your razor clean and sharp, store it in a cup of hydrogen peroxide.

You might want your whole leg to be smooth. If so, lather up your thigh, front and back, of course. Shave from your knee as far up as you desire.

Work in section like inner thigh, front and outer thigh, stopping at your hip joint.

Doing the back of your thigh may be trickier. If you are in the tub, you can pull your leg toward your body, shaving carefully upward (butt-knee) the back of you thigh with your dominant hand.

Standing up you can also make it by leaning right-bowing while leaning turning you leg left. The opposite for the other leg, but you might also have to switch the shaving hand, having to do either thigh with your non-dominant hand.

Pat them dry with a towel.

Apply lotion to your legs to moisturize and ward off razor burn.

The first few times you shave, go very easy with the pressure until you get used to exactly what it takes. If you press too hard, you'll cut yourself, so be easy. Start out light, and when/if you realize it's not working, you can press a little harder.

Take special care when shaving the knees.

Wash out the tub when you're done - don't leave a hairy mess behind.

Don't use an electric razor when starting out. You will get nicks and razor burns.

You'll get best results with a new, sharp razor - change them frequently.

Rubbing an ice cube on your legs right after shaving will make them as smooth as glass.

If you want smooth legs but can't get to a shower/tub, try covering your legs with a thick coat of lotion and then shaving it off for a very smooth shave. Rinse out the lotion and hair from the razor in a cup of water or wipe it on a cloth.

Once you've been shaving for a while, a razor with built in shave bars is a great way to shave armpits and legs, minus the shave gel! This is a great way to save money as well.

Conditioner is a great replacement for shaving cream/gel because it moisturizes while you shave, so no need for lotion after.

The only difference between razors marketed for men and those marketed for women is in the design of the handle.

If you are uneasy about razors or are worried about getting "nicked", you could go out and purchase Nair or Veet. (These require razorless blades, leave your legs smoother and last a lot longer than regular shaving.)

Use body scrub before shaving to get rid of dead skin for a good shave.

Also shave the top of your feet and toes, if needed.

Do not shave dry.

Go around bruises and cuts, and be light, as to avoid nicks and razor burns.

Be light on the knees, ankles, toes, hips and other "bony" parts of your body to avoid cutting the top layer of skin.

If you have sensitive skin you just want to use a gentle soap instead of shaving gel to avoid irritation.

If you get razor burn, do not put scented lotion on it, it will sting.

If you do not put lotion on after shaving, your skin will get dry and flaky.

If you cut yourself, wash off the cut and apply a band-aid.

Use an in shower lotion after you shave. It applies moisture and makes your legs look great.

Things You'll Need
Shaving gel, cream or soap or a razor with shave gel bars (or lotion if you don't have any shaving gel or cream)
Lotion (to smooth on after you shave)


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sammi11 sammi11
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28 Responses Jun 4, 2011

great advice

That's wonderful Roger<br />
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That is how I shave. Enjoy shaving in the tub with bubble bath

How informative! thank you so much for sharing, I'm sure it will help bunches.....muwwwaaahhh

Pleasure sweetie

What's stopping you sweetie?<br />
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I love your tips. Wish i could do this too

Looks like that's just what you want Legline sweetie<br />
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Shaving or waxing for me<br />
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i shave twice a wk i use to use nair but didnt like smell of it

Perfect Logan,<br />
But use the electric in the meantime to keep your keg hair short<br />
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Well done Angel. Hugs. Sammi

Sorry Logan sweetie<br />
Your legs will still be smooth looking from far, but they won't be gossamer silky to the touch.<br />
However, using an electric razor before and a blade with shaving cream after will work very well.<br />
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Pleasure Julianna<br />
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Sounds like you’re shaving the tops of your hair follicle area off. I would try shaving twice a week, use an ice cube straight after and lots of body lotion in between.<br />
Leaving your legs for too long between shavings might promote those bumps that you shave off.<br />
Good luck<br />
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Thank you so much for the fantastic shaving guidebook! :)<br />
<br />
I shaved my legs on two occasions. When I shave my legs I've got some problems:<br />
>Shaving my legs results in allergic reactions on some spots: very painful and itching.<br />
>The stubble's drives me crazy! My shaved skin is full of little red spots, like ugly pickles, very annoying and itching, like thousands of needles under my skin. I tell you: I could scratch my skin off!<br />
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Do you have any advice for me to prevent that effects?<br />
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PS: I wish I had no hair on my legs like girls! :(

I use an epilator for touch ups between trips to the salon for a waxing during summer<br />
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An epilator is also great. It lasts for weeks and you don't get whiskers and is nearly as good as waxing.

I know Tiffiany but I'm not sure why yet<br />
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you are so right about the ice cube , ladies it works great

Lots of practice sweetie<br />
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Ingrown hairs sounds like you use too much preasure on the razor when you shave.<br />
Also don't let your hair grow too long<br />
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what about getting real bad ingrown hairs. like over the whole thigh. ive not figured out what causes it except that its when i go for a real close shave. i use only five blades as they dont cut me.

Hi Aza<br />
I don't know that cream sweetie so cannot comment.<br />
Stinging hair follicles doesn't happen to me - perhaps you're applying too much preasure with your razor or shaving while you have goosebumps (shaving the tops of your goosebumps off).<br />
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Hi Sammi, is a sorbolene cream for sensitive skin ok to use as a lotion after shaving? Is it normal for hair follicles to sting when i get goosebumps the day after i have shaved my legs?

You can use sorbolene cream as a lotion after shaving

Wonderful Jamie sweetie!<br />
Well done!<br />
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Yes you definately do RD.<br />
Use a hair trimmer machine (over a sheet of newspaper) before shaving.<br />
If you don't then shaving will take forever and you'll need 2 or 3 blades per leg.<br />
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Thanks for the feedback.<br />
Slightly worn razors are the easiest way for me to get razor burn.<br />
New sharp razor with VERY light preasure.<br />
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Thanks for the comment Fullcircle.<br />
That's why it's important to shave at least twice a week.<br />
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Thanks Sammi: I thought it sounded easy first time, but this simple logic does get it right. My trouble is that it grows fast, so is prickly in a couple of days. And you're right: toes can get missed, until you see them in your sandals!