Use a sharp razor when shaving
If your razor blade pulls at your body hair or feels rough on your skin while shaving, it’s time for a replacement. Using a dull blade to shave increases the chances of getting scratched, razor burn and irritation.
Hydrate your skin before shaving your legs
If your legs are not well-hydrated the hair will be more difficult to cut, increasing chances of irritating your skin, scratches and razor burn. Shaving dry hair may even dull down your blade faster.
The hairs will thicken with water by soaking your legs in a warm bath or shower for at least three to five minutes. This helps soften your hair follicles and makes it easier to cut the leg hair.
Apply shaving gel
After soaking, lather shaving gel and smooth evenly over your legs. Using shaving gel maintains moisture and helps the razor blade glide easily across your skin. You also see where you still need to shave so you can avoid having to re-shave over any areas.
Shave in long, steady strokes
You do not have to press hard on your razor when shaving as long your blade is clean and sharp. Shave in long, steady strokes.
Shave carefully around bonier areas, such as your ankles and knees, to avoid accidentally getting scratched. And when shaving your knees, try bending your leg to shave the front of your knee cap better, and then straighten your leg when shaving behind.
Stop and rinse off your razor blade after every stroke to wash away shaving gel residue and body hair. And, take your time to avoid scratches and cuts. You can learn more about how to clean your razor.
Moisturise your legs after you shave
When satisfied with your shave, rinse off your legs, pat your skin dry with a towel and apply a moisturising lotion or oil. This will help prevent skin irritation post-shave and keep your legs hydrated.