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Wednesday, 12 February 2014

shaving tips & tricks

how to shave your legs

gilette  venus & olay razors & Gilette satin care shave gel



While it might be a bit too soon to be thinking about baring legs for summer, there is nothing more satisfying nicer than uber smooth soft legs. I've been... well... lets say not tending to my leg hair as well as I should be recently. My hair grows very quickly, so during the summer I shave pretty much every other day. In the winter, not so much... Under my jeans Im pretty much a yeti. TMI. Yeah thought so!

While I've been known to dry shave (especially my underarms), Dry shaving cases a ton of irritation and in general is a no-no. I always regret it, so just don't do it ok? The key to a good shave is picking out a good razor. Oh, it pains me buying razors. I'll happily spend £10 on absolutely nothing regularly basis in Boots, but razors make me grumble. They have always been one of the beauty things I despise parting money with. My razor tip would be to buy in bulk and keep and eye out for good deals on your favourite brands. Usually they have quite good offers or deals on razors if you keep and eye on things. I personally like the Gilette Venus & Olay Moisture bars as they have 5 blades for a super close shave and a skin friendly gel built in. I also use a shaving gel or foam, I'm not brand loyal so pickup whatever's on offer or cheapest. Mens shaving lotion is normally cheaper than the branded women's versions. At the end of the day, it all does the same job!

So you once you have a good quality razor and shaving gel. Time to actually get on with the act of shaving. Step into the shower, and wait a bit so your hair can soften up a bit.  This will result in a much smoother, closer shave. I've made it so the  last thing I do in the shower before getting out is shaving. By shaving as soon as you get into the shower, you can cause goosebumps which once a razor is dragged over can cause major irritation and leave those unsightly red bumps. This one's a no brainer but always shave against the grain of the hair. For example, when doing your legs start at the ankle and move up. It's also really important not to over shave, as this can cause bumps and irritation.  Although if you have a good razor to begin with you wont need to go over too many times. Lastly, make a point of moisturising your legs after shaving as it will help heal the skin, calm any irritation and keep it nice and soft.
Do you have any shaving tips to share?

30 comments

  1. The must for me is the moisturising afterward, because otherwise my legs always feel so dry after shaving xx

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Fashion Blog

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  2. I always use a bit of conditioner on my legs before I shave, instead of shaving gel! I find it gives a closer shave and it's something you always have in your shower!! :) X

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  3. Venus with olay is amazing! I first picked one up in America a few years ago, I was so glad when I saw them make an appearance over here a year or so later. I think as long as you have a good razor not much can go too wrong! But i think exfoliating first is also a good tip because it means you get more of the root hair out! xx

    http://somethinglikenicola.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. i like to use body oil once i am done and dusted with it

    http://sarazbeautytonic.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. This is so true, buying the heads for razors is horrendous when there are perfectly good lipsticks of sale. Great post.

    Aimee - AroundTwenty x

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  6. I tend to use a body scrub first to slough off any dead skin that might make shaving difficult, then pop on a little L'Occitane Almond Oil to soften the skin before and after shaving. That seems to give it sufficient moisture before I pop on a body butter or moisturiser. xo

    Adrienne @ Late Night Nonsense | Bloglovin' | YouTube

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  7. Men's razors! Always cheaper, and they're perfectly fine for your legs. All the difference is in the way the razor looks.

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  8. Great tips lily ! I always scrub too give my legs a soft feeling too!

    BerrieBlogs - Beauty Blog x

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  9. Summer's almost finished here haha
    I'm only just starting to become a yeti :p

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  10. I love that razor! I do agree on mens razors tho! Much cheaper.

    xxx | daisydaisyxxo

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  11. I always exfoliate before I shave too, really makes a difference I think!

    Katie | Hang up the Glamour

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  12. Im such a lazy girl when it comes to this haha! But this shaving cream is such a fave, my legs feel super smooth!

    www.amandaloves.com
    xx

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  13. Let the hairs grow out fully before going in to shave again! Less irritation :)

    Katie Loves | UK Fashion & Beauty Blog

    BlogLovin' : Katie Loves

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  14. I always spend a good 20 minutes just massaging and moisturising my legs after any form of de-hairing. The chore of buying razor head kills me! You made a very good point!

    Biancarosa  // xoxo

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  15. I notice you always get the razors on offer, sometimes even free in online promos. ...Then the time comes to buying replacement blades. £13.99 for a pack of 4! Whhhhaaattt!

    Jen xx
    http://kitsch-n-sync.blogspot.com

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  16. I just don't, lol. I mean, I really wonder how many women would shave if it wasn't shoved down their throats the moment a man invited them and the society started forcing it on women.

    RIKKI POYNTER
    // RIKKI POYNTER MAKEUP

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  17. Really thank your tips. It was really good for me.
    Para juego

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  18. i always have to moisturise after! but i agree, yeti legs in winter are the way forward haha

    love Katy @ THE RAWRDROBE

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  19. Excellent post just loved your humour :') and I love your tip about buying mens foam instead of womans as I never realised the price gap so thanks for sharing x

    www.krystelcouture.com
    Damaris £100 Lingerie Giveaway! X

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  20. great post!
    xx
    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

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  21. I find that exfoliating before I shave makes a massive difference in the smoothness of my legs! And a good scrub on days when I'm not shaving help prevent ingrown hairs!
    x
    http://laurastanley-bratley.blogspot.co.uk

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  22. Great tip, hun! Shaving is not the best for dry skin, so moisturising and exfoliating is a must for me...

    A.
    letterstoa.com

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  23. I have the Wilkinsons quarto, best razor ever! Mine is exfoliate, lather up, shave and re-exfoliate and moisturise after. Smoothest skin you will ever see.
    www.touchscreensandbeautyqueens.com

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  24. I know that you're supposed to shave against the hair growth but if like me you suffer with awful shaving rash when you wet shave I would recommend shaving with the hair growth. Yes it's definitely not as close a shave as doing it the other way but I find I get hardly any rash doing it this way. Even better I just use an electric razor instead x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

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  25. I love using the Venus & Olay razor it's fab. I don't use shaving gels/creams I use conditioner. It leaves my legs feeling silky smooth, makes the razor glide easier and also moisturises. Body butter works well too. I always apply a body butter after I've shaved my legs too.

    www.hannmaree.com

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  26. I normally exfoliate before shaving my legs, it's amazing and makes your legs so much smoother. But make sure not to exfoliate after shaving, as this can irritate the skin. x

    http://muradandmarc.blogspot.co.uk/

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