Tips for Shaving Your Legs

Eileen Bailey Health Guide
  • Women didn’t always shave their legs and in many parts of the world, they still don’t. Shaving your legs began sometime around WWII. Some believe it is because hemlines rose but other theories include a shortage of nylon stocking left legs bare and smoother legs more resembled nylon stockings. Whatever the reason, having silky smooth, shaven legs is considered normal today.


    While you probably have your preferred method of shaving, one that is most comfortable to you, there are some ways to lessen the chance of nicks and get a closer shave:


    Before shaving, always wet your skin with warm water. This will help soften the skin and hair.

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    Exfoliate your skin with a cloth, loofah or exfoliating glove first. This will remove any dead skin which can clog up your razor and prevent getting a close shave.


    Start shaving at your ankles and shave up.  Use short strokes and rinse the razor after each stroke.


    To shave your knee area, shave the back of your knees while your leg is straight. Bend your leg to shave the front of your knee.


    Experiment with different shaving lotions. Creams, gels and foams are all available and are a matter of personal preference. Gels may soften the hair more but creams may provide more moisture as you are shaving. There isn’t any difference between men’s and women’s shaving products besides the fragrance so don’t feel you have to purchase a women’s cream.


    Experiment with different razors, again a matter of personal preference. Razors come with different options, such as 2, 3, 4 or more blades (3 and up usually help prevent nicks and give you a closer shave), pivoting heads, lubricated strips, spring-mounted blades. Find the one you feel most comfortable with.


    Change razors or cartridges on a regular basis. When blades get dull you are more apt to nick your skin. Because men’s hair is coarser, razors become dull much quicker, so watch out if you are borrowing or sharing the razor. Disposal razors will probably last about 5 shaves before needing to be replaced. You may find you prefer to replace the razor or cartridge more often.


    When finished shaving, be sure to rinse off any shaving product, pat dry and apply lotion to help replace moisture.


Published On: February 26, 2013