Some shave, some don’t – and that’s totally okay! Do what you feel comfortable with and don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise.
If you have sensitive skin like me, you know how much of a pain it is to shave. I always get razor burn and I hate it, but I have found a few methods that work for me to help keep the irritation to a minimum.
I think that exfoliating is one of the crucial things to getting smoother skin (obvi) but it can really help to prep your skin for shaving. It gets rid of all of the dead skin and gunk on your body and leaves a smooth surface for your razor to glide over. I suggest using an oil based exfoliant (like a homemade sugar scrub with coconut oil) because the oil will help to keep a slick surface to shave on and will help to protect your skin. You should do this first (before shaving) because it will definitely irritate your legs further if you do it afterwards. You don’t need to go too ‘ham’ with the exfoliating, start at your ankles and move your way up slowly in small circles, all the way up to your thighs. You don’t need to use a lot of pressure either, so be gentle!
Razors are expensive and there are a shit ton of different types. I also apologize for using a stereotypical razor targeted towards females *sigh*. I personally get my razors from Dollar Shave Club, I use the Executive blade (6-blade) just because I feel like it doesn’t irritate my skin as much as blades with a lower count. I have heard though that if you have sensitive skin, you should use a single or double blade so there’s not so many blades touching the same area (if that makes any sense?)…Anyways, you do you babe. Use an electric razor, use a disposable razor but just don’t use somebody else’s razor…yuck. Also, quick tip – after thoroughly rinsing your razor blade when you’re finished, keep it in a cup of baby oil or a different type of mineral oil, it will help prevent the blades from rusting and keep them fresher, longer. (So less money you gotta spend on blades, it’s a win-win).
There are a ton of these too but don’t forget ladies – the pink products are made especially for you!! (*gag*) Anyways, make sure to invest in a good shaving cream and create a nice thick lather to protect your skin. If you run out of shaving cream, conditioner works well too, but let it sit on your skin a little bit first to soften the hair then go to town. (I also heard you can use peanut butter in a pinch, but I’ll let you figure that out on your own).
Moisturizing aka ALOE VERA GEL
After I finish shaving, I have to put moisturizer on (even though sometimes it burns). I have found that scented lotions don’t like my skin after shaving (that’s also kind of like a duh moment, Rae) so I usually rub some coconut oil on my skin, butttt I have also found out that it tends to clog my leg pores (yeah, it’s true) and makes my legs itchy. So my solution? Aloe vera gel. Not the green stuff you buy at the drug store, I’m talking about fresh aloe vera! You can sometimes find aloe at your local supermarket, but if you can’t, you can easily take care of an aloe plant in your own home. Aloe is sticky but feels sooooooo good on the skin and your legs will absolutely love the moisturizing + cooling benefits of it, especially if you got razor burn. 10/10 do recommend.
Those were my tips for getting a nice smooth shave and keeping you + your legs happy!
What’s your favorite method of hair removal? Waxing, shaving, laser removal or going au-naturale? Let me know!
Thanks for reading, as always <3