You want beautiful smooth legs but where to start? The experts here at King of Shaves have put together a quick and easy-to-follow guide on how to shave your legs, underarms and bikini area leaving you with silky smooth skin whilst minimising unwanted irritation and uncomfortable dryness.
Shaving removes dead skin cells and the superficial layer of the epidermis thus reducing your skin’s defences.
If you shave in the morning you are more likely to expose weakened skin to external elements and your shaved skin will feel uncomfortable – so try shaving in the evening instead.
Warm, wetted hair is three times easier to shave than dry hair. So for best results shave during a bath or shower and ensure you thoroughly wet your hair with warm water for at least three minutes.
We also recommend you exfoliate your skin before shaving as this helps prevent in-growing hairs (caused when a hair curls back under the skin instead of growing outwards).
If you just use soap or water it can result in your skin becoming dry and irritated.
To get the closest possible shave, start at your ankles and shave upwards. From the bottom of your ankle, gently glide the blades up the leg in one smooth stroke.
Take extra care when shaving areas where bone is close to the skin surface, such as ankles and knees.
To avoid nicks and cuts that often occur behind the ankle, flex your heel to stretch the skin whilst you shave.
Around the sensitive bikini area follow the direction of the hairs’ growth to help prevent irritation. Remember when shaving don’t press too hard, let the blades do the work.
Underarm hair grows in different directions and so you will need to shave up, down and across the area.
To help prevent razor burn and ingrown hairs pull the skin tight with one hand, while you shave with the other. You should re-apply your shaving gel regularly as you shave in different directions.
Thoroughly rinse off any remaining shave preparation from your skin.
Try not to apply or expose skin to anything irritating after shaving – ideally wait an hour to allow time for your skin’s pores to close before applying deodorant, perfume, going swimming in salty sea water etc.
We do recommend you apply a non- or lightly-perfumed moisturiser to help lock in moisture and to soothe and revitalise your skin.
For more tips and advice on shaving, please read our general guide on shaving your face – we know it’s not the same however some of the tips are relevant no matter where you are shaving!