How to shave your legs
Are you a bath-balancer, in-the-shower-croucher or one-foot-up-on-the-toilet kind of girl? Whatever your leg shaving technique, chances are it’s something you’ve perfected over time: for most of us, keeping our legs silky smooth is a regular part of the beauty routine, especially in summer. But when something becomes routine, it’s easy to pick up bad habits – and, yes, bad shaving habits are definitely a thing, as you’ll know if you’ve ever experienced nicks, bumps or missed patches.
So, whether you’ve perfected your technique or never given any particular thought to how you shave your legs, here are our top tips:
When selecting a razor, consider the number of blades
Finding a razor that works for you will make such a difference, both to your level of comfort and the smoothness of the shave. Disposables can be a wonderfully time-efficient way to achieve a smooth shave and are perfect for summer holidays, but for regular shaving we recommend using a high-performance razor with at least three blades. It’s better for your skin, and the shave will last longer.
All our razors have 4 or 5 blades, and generally the more blades a razor has the better the shave will be. This is because the blades are positioned closer together, creating a smoother finish and reducing the likelihood of skin irritation.
And blades aren’t the only consideration. It’s also a good idea to look at the shape of the razor and think about how easy you’ll find it to handle, especially if you regularly shave your legs above the knee or you plan to use the same razor to maintain your bikini line.
Replace the blade when it shows signs of wear and tear
The better the condition of your razor’s blade, the better it will perform, so it’s important to keep it well maintained. How often you’ll need to change it will depend on how regularly you shave, but blades can last anywhere between 4 and 10 uses. You should notice when it needs replacing as the blades may look rusty, you’ll start getting more nicks and razor bumps, and you’ll find the overall shave is not as smooth.
Never shave dry
When it comes to actually shaving your legs, the first thing to do is make sure you’re stocked up on shaving foam. There are a wide variety of shaving foams available for all skin types but if you find yourself in the shower without anything to hand even conditioner will do at a push – you just need something that will create lots of lubrication. This is because shaving ‘dry’ means you aren’t adding any moisture back into your skin, and without that you are far more likely to experience cuts and bumps. Whatever you do, never shave your legs without water – imagine the horror…
Alternatively you can use a razor such as the Intuition Ultra Moisture, which has a built-in lather and moisturising bar, meaning there’s no need for shaving foam.
Always shave in the direction the hair grows first
Shaving against the grain – i.e, up the leg – supposedly gives a closer shave, but it also increases the risk of nicks, cuts and bumps. It’s best to start by shaving down the leg, in the direction of the hair’s growth. After that, you may choose to shave up the leg, but make sure you reapply shaving foam first to reduce the likelihood of irritation.
Our Intuition F.A.B razor makes shaving back and forth even easier – its unique bi-directional blades mean you can shave without ever having to lift the razor from your skin, and the water-activated gel that sits around the blade helps it move smoothly over your skin regardless of the direction.
After you’ve finished, it’s always a good idea to moisturise. Not only will it help keep your legs nice and smooth, it also adds some much needed moisture back into the skin.
So there you have it: how to achieve summer-ready legs, whatever your favoured shaving position.