We've tried waxing, we've tried creams and we've even tried rocking the hairy leg look, but nothing seems to be as satisfying as shaving. It's easy, it's inexpensive and it doesn't take nearly as much time and tears as some other hair removal methods. That being said, it almost seems like the moment we put down our razor, little, pointy bits of stubble rise up from the depths to make us feel like we're once again growing leg beards. Is there any possible way to make shaving last longer, and if that's the case, what can we do?
Seriously, we're willing to try anything.
Luckily, there totes is, and we've compiled a list of tips to make sure your silky smooth skin can go the distance. No more fighting with your razor, because LBH, it's not Venus's fault anyway.
Step 1: Exfoliate Until You Can't Exfoliate Anymore
Take your favorite skin scrub and apply some to your legs (or any other bits) before you start shaving. Cosmo UK suggests working up from your ankles and rubbing the exfoliant in with small circles. This will get rid of any dead skin that's hiding some of your stubble while also bringing up more stubborn hair hiding below the surface of your skin for a closer shave.
Step 2: Shower Up a Bit Before You Shave
Before shaving, be sure to shower for about three to five minutes (anything over makes your skin wrinkle and swell, which means the shave won't be as close). Rinsing your skin of oils and adding moisture to the hair makes it 60 percent easier to cut.
Step 3: Choose a Good Shave Gel
Anything that is hydrating will keep the necessary moisture inside of your skin. Also, a quality shave gel will help the razor glide over more smoothly.
Step 4: Choose the Best Razor
Simply put, the better the razor, the better your shave. Take into consideration the texture of your skin; if it tends to be drier, a razor with a moisturizing strip will probably be better for it. Anything that has multiple blades is sure to give you a closer shave. And for the absolute best results, work with a new razor head because it can get closest to the root. Always be sure to shave against the direction your hair grows!
Step 5: Moisturize Outside of the Shower
You should always be moisturizing your skin but even more so if you want your shave to last. Using a natural oil that is fragrance free, rub some into your freshly shaved skin once you're out of the shower. Elle suggests trying a moisturizer with soy in it because some studies have shown that soy can prevent hair from growing while also shrinking the diameter of the hair shaft.
And that's it! All that's left to do is show off your freshly shaven legs and enjoy the smoothness for the next few days.