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You’ve probably been scraping that razor up and down your legs since around age 12, but that doesn’t mean you’re doing it right. We went straight to the source, the shaving experts at BIC Soleil, to see how to get our legs in tip-top, super-smooth shape for summer. Something that particularly surprised us was the time of day recommendation: turns out your morning shower is not the best time for a shave. See what else we learned in these five simple-to-follow steps:
1. Shave at Night
The natural exfoliation that happens as you shave, removing dead skin cells, can weaken your skin’s defenses for a few hours. If you head straight from the shower out to face the day, you’re exposing your sensitized skin to extra stressors. Just like those areas beneath your eyes, your just-shaved skin needs its beauty rest. Shaving at night lets your skin regain strength and suppleness to resist irritation.
2. Shave Clean Skin
Any errant dirt and grime on your skin gets an express ticket inside your pores when you shave, which can lead to infection and bumps. If you shave during or after a shower, you’re starting with a clean canvas. Plus, warm water softens hair to make shaving easier and increase your blade’s life span.
3. Use Shaving Cream or Gel
To go even further than the warm water trick, lather up with shaving cream or gel to allow your razor to glide more easily over your skin. If using a moisturizing product, like shaving cream with Aloe Vera, leave it on your skin for two minutes before shaving for an extra skin-saving treat.
4. Use a Sharp Blade
Keep in mind that the duller the blade, the more irritated your skin will become. This is particularly problematic on sensitive areas like the bikini line or underarms. Change your blades regularly to be sure you’re always getting the closest shave possible, and that you’re being kind to those tender places.
5. Soothe and Hydrate Your Skin
Even if you’ve followed all four previous tips, shaving can still leave your skin dry and irritated. Try an alcohol-free after shave to lessen any sensation of razor burn and load up on lotion before hitting the sack (remember, you’re shaving at night now!) so your legs are left supple and smooth the next day.