Well shaved legs are very sexy and neat, if done well that is. There are many reasons for shaving your legs and there mistakes we make when trying to achieve getting the perfectly smooth legs. The best way to shave your legs will depend on you—how much hair do you have, how quickly it grows, and how you were taught (if taught at all) as it also has its own risks. However you choose to do it, avoid making the following mistakes;
Doing it first thing in the morning. It’s understandable if shaving first thing in the morning is what you prefer but shaving at night will leave your legs smoother. As you sleep, your legs swell slightly, which can make the hair retreat back into its follicles.
Not using anything to lather up. No matter how in a hurry you may be, skip the temptation to shave “dry.” Lather up your legs with a moisturizing shaving cream to make sure the razor glides easily over your skin, and you’ll avoid nicks and cuts. In a pinch, hair conditioner will do just as good a job.
Using those single-blade disposable razors. This is fine once in a while, like if you had to travel someplace on a temporary trip, but for every-day use it’s best to invest in a four- or five-blade razor. They provide the smoothest results, letting you navigate tricky areas like your knees and ankles.
Not replacing your razor blade often enough. You may have bought yourself a nice razor, but it won’t do you any good if you don’t change your blade at the first sign of dullness (usually, about five to 10 shaves). Old blades are not only ineffective, but more likely to cause bumps and redness and trap bacteria, which can potentially cause infections.
Shaving up the leg before you shave down the leg. On your first pass, only shave in the direction your hair grows (down the leg), and if you have very sensitive skin, don’t shave upward at all. While going “against the grain” may get you a closer shave, it also increases the possibility of irritation, nicks, and cuts. Once your hairs are already very short, and the skin is warm and lubricated, going against the direction of hair growth is much safer.
Not preventing or treating razor burn. Close shaving can result in ingrown hairs, and untreated razor burn can turn into long-term scars. To help prevent those annoying red bumps in the first place, use an exfoliating body scrub twice a week to shed the skin that’s trapping hairs. To treat bumps, put a warm compress on the affected area — the heat will relax the hair. After showering, apply lotion to soften the hair, leaving your skin less prone to infections.