When you finish shaving your legs, you'd like them to feel silky smooth and to look beautiful. Sometimes, however, legs itch and look red and irritated instead. Sensitive skin often reacts to shaving with redness, bumps and itching, but you can help restore natural moisture and soften the skin.
Bathe or shower before you shave your legs. The hair on well-hydrated skin will stand out more, enabling you to shave more easily without irritating your skin. Also, change your razor or blades frequently to avoid dragging that can lead to irritation.
Apply shaving cream or gel to your legs and allow it to sit on your legs for three to four minutes before you shave. Shaving creams and gels contain soothing ingredients that will make the process easier on your skin. Allowing the cream or gel it to sit on your skin will help prepare the hair for shaving.
Shave in the direction of the hair growth to minimise trauma to your skin. Shaving against hair growth can irritate hair follicles and may lead to razor burn and subsequent itching.
Rinse your legs thoroughly immediately after you finish shaving and pat your legs dry with a bath towel.
Apply shea butter immediately after shaving. Shea butter soothes skin and reduces irritations commonly caused by shaving. Shea butter also reduces itchiness that often accompanies dry skin. Reapply as needed to keep skin soft and smooth.
Another option is to apply a soothing aloe vera gel to your freshly shaved legs. The aloe's healing properties will bring relief to irritated skin. Reapply as needed.
Another way to avoid post-shaving irritation is to apply a hydrocortisone cream to your legs. The active ingredients in this cream will constrict swollen blood vessels that can cause redness and itchiness.
Avoid sun exposure while your legs are recovering from razor burn. Sun can make itchy, irritated skin worse. Avoid using soap products on razor-burnt skin, because they may irritate the skin more.
Tips and warnings
- Avoid sun exposure while your legs are recovering from razor burn. Sun can make itchy, irritated skin worse.
- Avoid using soap products on razor-burnt skin, because they may irritate the skin more.
Things you need
- Shaving cream or gel
- Hydrocortisone cream (1 per cent)
- Aloe-based skin cream
- Natural shea butter