Lazily running a razor across your legs may not always cut it; some days, you’ve got to banish every last hair. Summer’s the perfect time for that: you’re exposed to God and everyone at the pool, and the last thing you want is to have missed a gorilla patch on your ankle.
If you’ve got a tropical vacay or poolside excursion planned, don’t go looking like Robin Williams’ forearms. Here are four tips for getting your smoothest shave ever:
- Soak your legs in water for at least five minutes before you start shaving. This softens the hair and makes it easier on your razor. Really!
- Exfoliate gently before shaving to help bring up any hairs that are just beginning to grow. (But don’t exfoliate after shaving – that’ll irritate the already sensitive skin and it won’t be very pleasant.)
- Use shaving cream or gel (not soap – not even body wash) and a sharp razor. My favorites are Skintimate for Sensitive Skin Shave Gel and the Schick Quattro Razor.
- After thoroughly shaving, pat legs dry and apply a thick moisturizer within 3 minutes of getting out of the bath or shower. (Warm, damp skin absorbs moisture best.) Avoid scented lotions to keep irritation and redness at bay.