Use shaving gel instead of soap for extra-smooth legs.

How to Get a Smoother Shave

by S.R. Becker

Whether you're shaving your legs, armpits or bikini area, you probably want the results to last as long as possible. If waxing and electrolysis aren't right for you, you can still get silky-smooth, stubble-free skin.The true secret to a smoother shave is using the right razor, shaving with the right products and using the correct technique. A little prep time really pays off when it comes to hair removal, so give yourself time for some pampering in the shower.

Change your razor blade, especially if you can't remember the last time you did. A fresh blade means a closer shave, less razor burn and fewer nicks and cuts. Choose a three-blade cartridge with a moisturizing strip containing aloe, oil or both. More blades can cut the hair too deeply below the skin and lead to ingrown hairs upon regrowth.

Spend two to three minutes in the shower or bath before shaving. The warm water allows your hair and skin to soften, which makes hair removal easier and leaves your skin softer.

Exfoliate your skin gently with a washcloth. Apply a bit of moisturizing soap or shower gel and use a circular motion to wash the areas you plan on shaving. There's no need to scrub; gentle exfoliation is enough.

Rinse the soap off your skin and squirt a dollop of shaving gel into the palm of your hand. Work the gel into a creamy foam and apply it to your skin.

Shave in the direction your hair grows for the first pass. Rinse your razor and shave in the opposite direction the second time. Rinse the shaving gel off your skin.

Pat your skin dry with a clean, soft towel. Do not rub, as this can irritate freshly shaved skin. Apply an alcohol-free moisturizing lotion, body butter or plain coconut oil for added softness.

Items you will need

  • Razor
  • Three-blade cartridge
  • Washcloth
  • Shower gel
  • Shaving gel
  • Towel
  • Alcohol-free lotion, body butter or coconut oil

About the Author

S.R. Becker is a certified yoga teacher based in Queens, N.Y. She has a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and has worked as a writer and editor for more than 15 years. Becker often writes for "Yoga in Astoria," a newsletter about studios throughout New York City.

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