THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SHAVING YOUR LEGS
Seven crucial tips, straight from an in-demand New York City-based dermatologist.
- •Exfoliation Is Your FriendWhile technically you’re exfoliating the skin while you shave, that’s not enough for a smooth finish. You need to slough off dead flakes to ensure that the hair can come out cleanly. This is especially important for those who are prone to irritation.
- •Slow Your RollThink of it this way: Would you rather get out the door five minutes faster or be distracted in the middle of an important work meeting by a big furry patch on your calf? Rushed and sloppy shaving also increases the chances of cutting yourself.
- •Always Have Backup Blades on HandAnd swap in a fresh one the second your old razor starts to dull. Besides yielding stubbly, lackluster results, blunt edges are actually more likely to cut you than sharp, new ones.
- •Know How to Deal With Nicks1. Rub a bit of antiperspirant on the area. 2. Put a seal on it with Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant 3. An astringent halts blood flow 4. Use an ice cube to constrict & shrink your blood vessels
- •Go With the FlowOr against it! But you have to choose one direction—toward or away from the direction of hair growth—and stick to it. Switching between the two increases the chances of razor bumps and ingrown hairs because the angle of the hair was shaved off.
- •Baby Your Legs Post-ShowerRemember, shaving removes a thin layer of skin, so your legs are extra sensitive after. Sidestep a bad reaction by moisturizing with a product full of extra-gentle ingredients, like aloe. Aloe is hydrating and can help calm any existing irritation. If you’re still uncomfortable afterward, dab on a gentle, soothing hydrocortisone cream.
- •Moisture Works MagicYou can dry shampoo and you can dry brush, but you cannot dry shave! Even if you’re not using a cream or gel, at least shave with water. It will greatly reduce the chances of irritation.