Shaving your legs is kind of brutal–right? You have to *remember* to do it, for starters, then you have to hunch over in the shower with your leg at an awkward angle and get the job done. Then, god forbid, after going through the whole process you step out of the shower only to get goosebumps or notice those annoying dark dots or notice that you missed a spot. Oh man, can a girl catch a break, please!? The worst part is that in a couple of days you have to do the whole thing again… Yipes.
Luckily, there are some small changes you can make to your daily shaving routine to make it run a little smoother (I’m sorry, I hate puns but I couldn’t resist).
No matter what tricks you try, the one thing you should definitely always do when shaving your legs is use a fresh razor. Yes–I’m so sorry, I know I just added an additional cost to shaving–but it really is worth it, here me out.
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The first time I heard this tip was from former Real Housewife of New York and Completely Bare salon owner Cindy Barshop. I interviewed her for a story about shaving tips (she was a hair removal expert long before going on the reality show!). She said that the first rule is to always use a fresh razor. I had never heard that tip before, and was a little surprised/bummed to learn that I couldn’t reuse my razor 50+ times before replacing like I had been doing since I started shaving at age 12.
Needless to say, I didn’t immediately change my routine. I kept reusing my razor until about a year ago when a girlfriend of mine reiterated Cindy’s tip after I noticed that she used those really cheap orange Bic disposable razors. “Well, I mean, I’m not going to buy a new Venus blade everytime,” she scoffed, “That would be like $100 a month on razors!”
It was a bit of an exaggeration–but the point that came across was that I didn’t need to necessarily get the top of the line women’s razor–if I was truly going to try replacing the razor for every shave like the experts suggest, couldn’t I just buy the cheapest razors possible? They get the job done, right? The answer is that yes they do. Now, like my friend, I buy BIC Sensitive Disposable Razors which are $3.99 for 12 on Jet.com and use a fresh one every time. Even with the cheap razor, I get better results (aka, smoother legs) every time. I have even been known to grab a handful of the cheap razors they provide at my gym (shhhh) and using them. (The only thing to watch out for is nicking yourself at the ankles and knees–cheap razors have an inferior design to expensive ones, so you just have to be careful.
So–will you try replacing your razor after every use??