My favorite part of summer is the warm weather and the styles that come with it. I’m not a big fan of shorts, but I love my flowing sundresses and cute capris. That also means I have to add a new item to my morning routine: shaving my legs.
Now, I always shave year round. But, in the winter you can skip a day (or five) and no one even realizes it underneath your leggings, sweats and jeans. C’mon now, it’s ok, I know we are in the same boat here. You know you don’t shave your legs every day in the Winter! LOL! Summertime means I have to step up my shaving routine so I can always feel my best and be ready to go. The more often you shave, the more attention you need to give to caring for your legs. Nicks, dryness and more can make you sorry you ‘shaved your legs for this’ at all.
1. Soak First
As tempting as it may be to hurry through your routine and get out the door and on with your day – don’t. Experts recommend you allow your legs to soak in the shower or tub for approximately 15 minutes. The warmth will soften both your skin and hair, making your shave easier and less traumatic for your skin. But, make sure you don’t soak too long. Waiting longer than 15 minutes can cause your skin to prune and create an uneven surface that makes shaving harder.
2. Always Exfoliate Before Shaving
Once your skin is soft and supple thanks to your soak (or steam) it’s time to exfoliate with a puff or exfoliant body scrub (I love St. Ives!). Removing dead skin cells creates a smoother shaving area and reduces stress on your razor. Hate razor burn and bumps? Exfoliating before each shave will remove built up skin from hair follicles and help prevent after-shave irritation.
3. Skip The Soap
I was so guilty of this. I’d grab whatever soap was close by. It could have been a harsh detergent bar soap or even shampoo. Afterwards I couldn’t understand why my legs were so dry. Now I know better. I always use a thick, moisturizing shave cream or shave lotion. One great option is Skintimate Moisturizing Shave Gel.
Skintimate Shave Gel is made with revitalizing moisturizers, Vitamin E and Olive butter. My current selection is Strawberry Tangerine Twist – the smell is absolutely amazing. It leaves my legs feeling healthy after every shave. Skintimate provides unbeatable razor protection so I can nourish and pamper my legs while still getting super smooth results. It’s a major step in making sure your beauty routine is not only effective, but also kind to your skin.
4. Ditch The Wimpy Razors
I’m also guilty of grabbing my husband’s razor. I know… what was I thinking? As tempting as it is to pinch a few pennies, a man’s razor isn’t made for a woman’s legs and you aren’t doing yourself (or your skin) any favors. Oh, and just because that single blade cheap razor is pink…sorry, doesn’t mean it’s actually a good choice.
Here are some of our favorite razors/shavers!
Schick Hydro Silk Disposables feature five Curve Sensing® blades with unique skin guards that help reduce irritation while providing ultimate closeness, and water-activated moisturizing serum that helps replenish skin’s natural moisture for up to 2 hours after shaving.
Remington Wet/Dry Shaver features two rows of blades for both regular and “other” areas.
Gillette Venus & Olay Razor features built-in moisturizer bars that eliminate shaving cream.
5. Be Gentle With That Towel
It might seem like habit to scrub down your legs with your towel when you’re done. After all, you’re ready to finish up and head out! But you must resist. After every shower and shave I make sure to BLOT my legs with the towel, not rub. You just took great steps to protect your skin, now is not the time to rough it up. You can increase irritation, dryness and more.