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For the Ladies: Shaving Your Legs

Aug 17, 2007
For many women, shaving the legs is a necessary evil. After all, in our culture it is considered part of proper grooming for "ladies." Some women, of course, flout this social custom, while others strictly adhere. Most of us, however, fall somewhere in the middle: shaving once or twice a week (unless summer wear dictates otherwise). The basics, however, are rather simple. The key to a shave is to find a razor that suits you, and to shave only as often as you please.

There are two main types of razor when it comes to shaving your legs. There is the traditional razor, with all of its accompanying styles, and also the electric razor. Each has its benefits. The traditional razor usually shaves closer than the electric razor. However, one has to use the traditional razor in the shower or bath (or risk dreadful razor burn). The electric razor can be used outside the shower or bath, and generally gets the job done faster. While shaving gel or cream is not necessary even with the traditional razor (but it helps a great deal), you should not ever use it with an electric razor. There are some electric-like razors that can be used in the bath or shower now.

When using a traditional razor, it is important to make sure that your legs have had time to warm up in your shower or bath. Having the warm water run on them while you shampoo your hair is a good idea, so that the pores open up, making it easier to shave. With an electric razor, it helps if your legs have been warmed (although water may not be the best way to accomplish this). Rub your shaving cream on your legs. This will help moisturize and provide further protection against razor burn. Try to position yourself so that water is not washing off the shaving cream.

While you do not use shaving cream with an electric razor, there are some similarities when shaving with either type of razor. Start at your ankle and shave up your leg. An electric razor provides more protection for nicks and cuts, especially around the ankles and the knees. However, shaving cream offers similar protection. If using a traditional razor, make sure you are careful around these areas. Try to make the skin as smooth as possible, and go slowly and deliberately around the knees. Bumpy knees are especially difficult to shave and require patience and care.

It is also important to move the razor with smooth, even strokes. A fairly sharp razor should be used, as a dull razor can pull at the skin and make your strokes ragged. The smoother your strokes, the less likely you will catch your skin, causing nicks and cuts. Additionally, smooth, even strokes can help you avoid getting razor burn.

After you finish, it is a good idea to apply some sort of moisturizer. This will sooth the skin, as well as reduce the appearance of razor burn. It is not much of a step up if you shave your legs, and then are plagued by dry, flaking skin or the red bumps and irritation of razor burn.
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