Sexy, smooth legs are the perfect complement to any woman's outfit, but for some women, shaving leads to unsightly bumps and ingrown hairs. Ingrown hairs occur when the shaved hair tip is sharp and grows back into the follicle instead of growing out. It can result in a red, painful bump or rash. Shaving can also remove cells from the topmost layer of your skin, which increases the likelihood of razor burn. Don't let shaving irritation force you into trousers and long skirts; by following a few simple tips, you can learn how to shave legs without having rashes, ingrown hairs or bumps.
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Things you need
- Loofah, shower pouf or exfoliating glove
- Exfoliating scrub
- Shaving gel
Cleanse and exfoliate your legs before shaving. Use a loofah, exfoliating glove or shower pouf on dry skin first to get rid of dead skin cells. With whichever tool you choose, start at your ankles and rub your skin in a light, circular motion. Work your way up your legs. When you're finished, cleanse your legs with an exfoliating body scrub. It's easiest to do this in the shower. Either apply the scrub directly to your skin or pour some on your loofah or shower pouf. Then begin at your ankles and again use a light, circular motion as you work your way up your legs.
Lubricate your legs before shaving. Rinse them with warm water, then apply a shaving gel or shaving cream. This softens the skin and hair so that shaving removes the hair easily, with less chance of ingrown hairs or shaving irritation.
Shave your legs with the direction of hair growth, not against it. In other words, shave down instead of up your legs. This removes less skin cells and reduces shaving irritation. Avoid pressing the razor into your skin. Instead, make long, light strokes. Rinse with cold water to close your pores when finished shaving.
Hydrate your newly shaved legs. Towel dry your skin first, then apply a lotion or moisturiser that contains alpha-hydroxy acid. Lotions with alpha-hydroxy acids will moisturise and exfoliate your skin.
Tips and warnings
- Always shave with a new razor since old, dull ones can lead to shaving rash and irritation.
- Be sure to dry your legs completely before applying any lotion that contains alpha-hydroxy acids. Applying them to wet skin can cause irritation.
- Applying hydrocortisone creams or aloe vera may help reduce shaving rash and bumps.
- Switching from a simple razor to an electric one can sometimes help reduce ingrown hairs and razor burn.
- Ingrown hairs and bumps may become infected or be the result of an allergic reaction, fungus or bacteria. See a dermatologist if they're painful or won't go away.
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