With all the salons in the country being shut due to nationwide lockdown, our monthly waxing and threading appointments have gone for a complete toss. So, now what? Let our hair grow until we can see a professional again? Umm… absolutely not! At times like these, it’s best to resort to another common method of hair removal - shaving.

Now, if you’ve been on the fence about giving this hair removal method a try or simply had a bad experience before, hear us out. If done right, shaving can give you silky, smooth skin each time. Yes, really! And no, your hair won’t grow back thicker. Promise.

Read on for a step-by-step guide on how to shave your legs the RIGHT way…

 

Step 01: Scrub your legs

Step 01: Scrub your legs

Exfoliating your skin prior to shaving is essential to achieve a super smooth and clean shave. Scrubbing will help get rid of all the accumulated dead skin cells and ensure that hair does not get trapped in the follicles. Start by applying the St. Ives Gentle Smoothing Oatmeal Scrub & Mask all over your legs and massage it into your skin in circular motions for best results. Did you know, exfoliation also reduces the occurrence of ingrown hair? So don’t skip this crucial step.

 

Step 02: Shave at the end of the shower

Step 02: Shave at the end of the shower

Dry shaving is a big no-no. The best time to shave is right after a shower. Why, you ask? Because the steam from the shower will open up the pores and soften the hair, making it easier to shave. You can also soak your legs in lukewarm water for three to five minutes before shaving.

 

Step 03: Always apply a shaving gel or cream

Step 03: Always apply a shaving gel or cream

Simply scrubbing and soaking your leg is not enough to achieve a smooth shave. You also need to apply a generous amount of shaving cream on the area you intend to shave. This helps create a protective and moisturising barrier on your skin to prevent dryness and irritation. But if you don’t have a shaving cream handy, a moisturising shower gel such as the Dove Shea Butter and Warm Vanilla Body Wash works equally well too.

 

Step 04: Change the blades of your razor

Step 04: Change the blades of your razor

Replace your razor after five to six uses. A blunt razor won’t give you the desired results. You’ll know it’s time to change the blades once you feel the razor is dragging and not gliding on the skin.

 

Step 05: Shave in the direction your hair grows

Step 05: Shave in the direction your hair grows

While going against the grain can give you a close shave, it increases the possibility of ingrown hair, nicks and cuts. Thus, always shave your legs in the direction your hair grows (down the leg). Use long strokes and avoid pressing the razor too hard against your skin.

 

Step 06: Slather on some moisturiser

Step 06: Slather on some moisturiser

After you’re done shaving, rinse your legs and pat your skin dry. While your skin is still slightly damp, slather on a moisturising lotion such as the Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Fresh Body Lotion to prevent itchiness or skin sensitivity.