We all love the feeling of silky soft skin, but have a hard time replicating it on a daily basis. Ingrown hair often fights a constant war on our legs, leaving them red and irritated. You might head to the spa for waxing or use an epilator, but you're not a big fan of painful beauty routines. When you're in the mood to give yourself the luxury shaving treatment without the hassle, follow these five steps.
Exfoliation gets rid of the dead cells that hang around on your body, allowing healthy skin to show through. Your legs can stand up to a strong scrub, so break out the products you can't use on your face. Salt and sugar scrubs give great results, but you can also use exfoliating gloves or chemical-based peels.
2. Take a Warm Shower
There's nothing better than a steaming hot shower - except when you want silky skin. Turn the temperature down so you have a warm shower. Relax and take your time, as you want to get your pores as open as possible. Use a gentle cleanser to wash off and prepare for shaving.
You can't shave with any old razor and expect great results. Old razors irritate your skin as you go over the same area repeatedly, trying to cut all the hair. Single blade disposables have a problem getting all the hair in a single pass, resulting in a similar problem to dull razors. Multi-blade models require fewer strokes to get your intended end result, which reduces your chances of creating an irritated surface prone to razor bumps.
4. Prevent Ingrown Hair
Ingrown hair can be painful and prevents you from getting the smooth skin that you're dreaming about. Starting off with exfoliation and giving your pores time to open up during your shower help with this problem, but you should take a few extra steps to avoid this leg hair dilemma.
Do you currently suffer from this issue? The problem may come from your hair removal methods. Waxing takes your leg hair out at an angle, so it's not growing straight out of the skin. When it grows sideways, you end up with irritated skin that's uncomfortable and unsightly. Switch to shaving-only if you find yourself full of ingrown hairs post-waxing. The way your hair grows in naturally may be predisposed to ingrown hairs, so shaving lets you manage this more effectively than waxing.
Are you lucky enough to not have a single ingrown hair on your legs? Keep it that way by applying serum designed to prevent ingrown hairs from developing. You should do this before you get out of the shower, right after you shave your legs.
You lead a busy lifestyle, so you don't always remember to moisturise before you leave the bathroom. However, putting lotion on when your skin is dry doesn't have the same effect as when it goes on a damp skin. The primary benefit to doing this right away is to trap the shower's moisture, as well as softening your skin. You do have to spend some time waiting in the bathroom while the lotion dries, so make sure to schedule a few extra minutes for this process. It's well worth it in the long run when you head out the door with silky smooth skin.
Many women have to figure out the best way to shave through trial and error and have the ingrown hairs to prove it. Skip the painful part of this experimentation process and get the best shave of your life with this skin-friendly technique.