Before you start, try talking it over with your mom or a trusted friend first – they’ll love to be involved in the process and can answer any questions or concerns you may have.
And if you decide to get rid of your hair, here are some of the top tips you need to think about.
1. Warm up with water
Stay warm to avoid goosebumps, as any unevenness on the surface of the skin can make it difficult to shave. If you get chills mid-shave, please wait!
MORE Never shave without first dampening dry hair with water for a few minutes, as dry hair is difficult to cut and breaks the fine edge of a razor blade.
2. Exfoliation is key
Although it’s not a totally necessary step before shaving, if you have the time, removing dead or dry skin helps make those gorgeous legs look so soft.
Use a soft loofah or exfoliating scrub in small circular motions and pay special attention to the areas around the knees and ankles before shaving.
3. Apply a thick shaving gel/cream
Lather up a dollop of shaving gel on all the areas you want to shave, or if you don’t have one, use body wash or soap.
It helps to soften the hairs to prevent ingrown hairs and rashes from shaving, and also to keep track of where you shaved to avoid missing spots. If you’re in the shower, be sure to stand away from the stream of water so the suds don’t come off. (Guilty! Every. single. time.)
4. Use a new razor
NEVER use a razor that looks rusty. Agreed? You don’t know what nasty germs have accumulated on that old thing.
Using a new, sharp razor will ensure a smooth shave and reduce your chances of nicking your skin. A sharp blade is essential for getting a close, comfortable and irritation-free shave. Wire wrapped blades, like Schick Quattro for women blades, help prevent nicks and cuts.
5. Shave against the direction of hair growth in long, even strokes
Gliding the razor against the direction of hair growth will ensure the smoothest shave possible. Start at your ankles and slowly glide the razor towards your knees. Apply light, even pressure and be careful not to press too hard.
For underarms, lift your arm as you shave to stretch the skin. Do not forget to rinse the hair from the blades from time to time to prevent them from clogging.
6. Take your time
Run a bath and put on some music, why don’t you!
It’s better to take a few extra minutes to do a good job than to rush into the shower, because scabby legs could do not be the look you are looking for.
7. Take extra care around your knees and ankles
Always pay a little more attention to bumpy areas like the knees and ankles, as these are where you are most likely to accidentally nick your skin. TIP: When shaving your knees, bend slightly to keep the skin taut and even.
8. Pat doesn’t rub!
Your skin may be a bit sensitive after shaving, so try not to rub your legs with a towel. Instead, pat the water gently to avoid irritation.
Wait 10 to 15 minutes before applying a mild moisturizer. Also, avoid strong/over-scented creams or fake tans right after shaving, unless you like stinging pains!
10. Embrace your shiny, silky new legs
Have fun asking your best friends to smell them. Oh! And try to slip into clean sheets.
Better. Feeling. Never.
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