Written by Charlotte Wood (last updated June 22, 2022)
There's nothing like sinking into clean sheets with freshly smooth legs. Whenever I shave my legs, I love rubbing them together, feeling the lack of friction and the silky smoothness. I think that this love of silky legs is pretty much universal; sure I may go for a while without shaving my legs (especially in the winter), but I never tire of having newly smooth legs. However, sometimes achieving that smoothness can be a little painful. Is there a way to have silky legs without any of the pain? There's no surefire pain-free way to have smooth legs, but there are measures you can take to remove the pain from making silky legs.
Before we start, let's eliminate the most obvious painful way of smoothing out your legs: waxing. Yes, waxing works, but it hurts. You apply hot wax to your legs and then rip it off, ripping the hair with it. Ouch. If you're looking for pain-free silky legs, then waxing is definitely not for you. And if you're interested in products like Nair, be careful. These products might burn your skin and cause you pain. Maybe these products don't negatively affect you, and if so, then go ahead and use them, but if they do cause you pain, then you might not want to use them. Really one of the easiest ways to avoid painful leg hair removal is shaving, but you have to shave the right way.
Shaving your legs is one of the most tried-and-proven ways to give yourself silky legs, but let's face it, sometimes using a razor on your legs hurts. And that's why you need to remember to follow a few simple rules of shaving.
First of all, never—never—shave dry. You should always wet your legs down before shaving them. Shaving dry will increase the risk of nicking and cutting your skin, and the shave won't even be that good.
Next, you should try and use shaving cream, that will soften the hair and make it easier for the razor to move up and down your leg. Using shaving cream will also increase the quality of the shave.
Take your time shaving. Don't rush it, and make sure that your razor strokes are slow and deliberate. You have a greater risk of cutting yourself by rushing the process.
Be especially careful and deliberate around hard-to-shave areas like your ankles and knees. It is possible to shave these areas without cutting yourself—it just takes time and patience and finesse.
By following these simple guidelines, you should have no problem achieving silky legs without undergoing any pain. Silky legs can be yours!
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