Shaving your legs is often framed as a girl’s thing and as a result, not a lot of guys bother shaving their legs.
However, shaving your legs does have its advantages in sports, and some guys just prefer the smooth feel of a shaved leg rather than a hairy one.
If you’re a bro who wants to try shaving their legs, then here is a guide that you can follow.
We are going to go through all the steps so you can safely get the results you want – two nicely shaved legs with no nicks or irritation!
So, let’s get started!
Shaving With A Razor
First, let’s cover how you shave your legs using a razor.
There are actually many ways you can remove hair from your legs but one of the most popular ways is to use a good ol’ razor. It provides a sharp, close shave to give you the best results so follow the below steps to avoid any nicks!
Step One: Exfoliate Your Legs
Before you go in with the razor, you need to first cleanse and exfoliate your legs.
Just like when shaving your beard, you need to remove all the dirt, oil, and dead skin cells that can make shaving difficult.
These things block your hairs and make shaving your legs a bumpy experience, which in turn increases your chances of nicking your skin or not getting the close shave you desire.
So, it’s important to exfoliate your legs in order to get rid of anything that would risk your shaving performance.
Using a cleanser also helps kill any potential harmful bacteria, lowering your chances of things like spots or infected ingrown hairs.
Use warm water, a great exfoliator, and an effective cleanser to wash down your legs before you start shaving.
Step Two: Trim Long Leg Hairs
If this is your first time shaving your legs, then some of your hairs are going to be pretty long.
Trying to shave off long hairs directly can cause a lot of bumps and nicks, so it’s best to take a trimmer and trim down those long hairs first.
This will help you get better results when it’s time to take the razor to your legs.
Step Three: Apply Shaving Gel
Shaving gel is a bro’s best friend when it comes to shaving. It helps protect your skin from any nicks and also helps boost your hairs up so it’s easier to shave them away.
So, don’t skip out on using a shaving gel because it will not only help you get better shaving results, but also help keep your skin in good condition.
Apply the shaving gel of your choice in smaller areas and shave each area first before moving on. This is because if you apply the gel entirely all over your legs, the gel will harden and dry in some areas before you even get there.
So, take it slow!
Step Four: Shave!
Now your gel has been applied, it’s time to start shaving.
Take your manual razor and shave in very small strokes, rinsing the razor in some water to help clear it of gel and hair. This will help you get better results and prevent nicks. Remember to apply your gel in small areas.
To get a close shave, shave against the direction your hair is growing. This will help the blade of your razor cut the hair close to its root.
However, this can increase your chances of irritation so if you suffer from sensitive skin, you may want to shave in the direction of your hair growth.
Although your shave won’t be super close to the skin, this method will help protect your skin from irritation.
Step Five: Aftercare
Once your legs are shaven, rinse off any gel and stray hairs then pat them dry.
You can now apply any antiseptic creams or moisturizers to help encourage your skin to recover from shaving.
Shaving takes the top layer of skin cells from your body along with cutting your hair, so you need to help your skin recover by encouraging repair and growth.
Moisturizers can help with this, as well as soothing any irritation caused by shaving. As for antiseptic creams, they just help reduce the chances of any health issues occurring with your skin post-shave.
Once this is done, your aftercare process is complete!
How To Shave Your Legs With An Electric Razor
Using an electric body razor to shave your legs is a lot more quick and easy.
This is because you can skip all the prep work and go straight into shaving your legs while dry.
Of course, you can choose to exfoliate your legs beforehand as this helps raise up your leg hairs and makes it easier for your electric razor to get a closer shave – but it’s not necessary for safety like it is when using a manual razor.
When you are ready, you can just go straight into shaving your dry legs.
You will need to stop and brush out any hairs clogging your razor now and then to help improve the performance of your shaver, and still shave against the hair growth direction to get a closer shave.
Once you have finished, it’s still a good idea to moisturize your legs to help the skin recover and reduce irritation. However, you don’t need to be as in-depth as when you use a manual razor.
This is because while electric razors are safer to use, they don’t provide the same close shave as a manual razor. Your skin will probably feel a bit prickly afterwards – but with way less irritation and nicks!
So, having your legs is super easy to do as long as you follow the above guide. Do not skip any steps as they are there to help you achieve the best possible results, no matter what method of shaving you are using.
Remember that you can always skip shaving altogether by using a hair removal cream but if you prefer shaving, then just follow the guide above! Good luck!