I remember when my best friend in middle school told me she started shaving her legs. I couldn't believe it! It's like all of a sudden she knew how to do this big thing that I didn't know. We did everything together, so why did I all of a sudden feel like she stepped past me when it came to growing up? I needed to know how to shave and I needed to do it right away.
Thank goodness she showed me a quick swipe on her legs because to be honest, I didn't even know how to hold a razor the proper way. My dad shaved in the shower, so I never watched him do it.
As a mom now, I wish I would have approached my mom when it was time to shave so she could show me how to do it, but it's not what happened. I took one of her razors and figured it out myself. I was terrified I was going to cut myself, and I actually did for the first few times, mostly around my ankle. But soon enough it was second nature.
If you're a tween or teen looking to start shaving your legs, congrats on getting to this step! It's exciting, right? I suggest you talk to your mom if you haven't already, and after you do, here are some great how-to tips for shaving.
What Do You Need?
- A Razor
- Shaving Cream/Lotion/Gel
How To Shave
- Get your legs wet. It's very important to make sure your skin is thoroughly wet before you apply the shaving cream.
- Apply shaving cream. Make sure you have shaving cream over every part of your leg that you're going to shave. (We like eos: Shave Cream)If you miss any areas, it will cause the razor to drag which could lead to razor burn or visible stubble left behind.
- Put the razor on your legs with the blades flat against your skin. The razor head looks like a rectangle with the blade(s) slightly sticking out. If you look at the image above you can see how she is holding the razor. Simply press the rectangle down on your skin.
- Press gently but evenly as you slide the razor from your ankle up towards your knee. It should just be an even press, slide, lift motion.
- Rinse the razor after every swipe or two. This will help avoid clogging the razor with hair and shaving cream
- Moisturize after you shave. Every single time it's important to apply lotion. Shaving not only takes off the hair on your legs, but the dead skin cells, too! This leaves fresh new skin at the surface of your skin. To avoid letting it get dry and flaky, apply lotion. (28 Tips for Dry Skin in Winter
What You Should Know
- Never, Ever Shave Your Legs Dry. It might be so tempting to grab the razor for a quick shave before school, but shaving dry can easily cause small cuts and razor burn.
- It's Best to Shave in the Shower. If you shave towards the end if your shower, the water has time to soften the hair on your legs which will give you a closer shave. If you're going to shave in the bath, however, don't wait until the end. But then your legs have become swollen with water retention and your shave won't be as close as if you shaved towards the beginning of your bath.
- Don't Steal Your Parent's Razor. Grab a new one, buy your own or ask your parents for one. For hygienic reasons, sharing a razor isn't ideal, especially when they don't know you're sharing.
- A Multi-Blade Razor is Best. Multi-blade razors can make shaving faster and give you a closer shave. Instead of one blade doing all of the work, the second or third blade in the razor picks up what was left behind.
- Inspect Your Razor Before You Use It. Razors don't last forever, but you can use them quite a while before you have to switch. Check it out before you use it. Does it look dull? Do you see any rusty areas? Is it clogged with hair? Switch it out when you think you need to. Using a razor past its prime can lead to nicks, cuts and razor burn. (Review: Bikini Zone: Anti-Bumps Shave Gel
- If You Find You're Prone to Razor Burn, Shave from the Knee Down. Most people shave from the ankle up to get a close shave, but those people who are prone to razor burn find that going the opposite way helps keep razor burn at bay.
- Exfoliate Often, But Never After Your Shave. Exfoliating gets rid of dead skin cells and helps avoid ingrown hair and shaving bumps. Exfoliate often, but only before your shave or on non-shaving days.
Congratulation on your first shave! While it might seem like an ordeal today, soon enough you'll have it down pat and it will be just as routine as washing your hair.