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You're Doing It Wrong: Shaving Your Legs

June 23, 2014 by Justine Schwartz
shefinds | Style

This weekend marked the first official day of summer, and anyone who plans on wearing skirts and dresses from now until Labor Day knows that this is the season of shaving–a lot. Gone are the days of hiding stubble under long pants (the *only* perk of winter); now you have to look forward to shaving basically every day. But, did you know that most of us aren’t even shaving correctly? According to Cindy Barshop, of Real Housewives and Completely Bare Salon fame, you should be changing your razor every single time you shave. Wait, what?

I interviewed Cindy in 2010 about the topic, and she revealed that you should be using a fresh razor every time you shave those legs (even if you’re using one of the fancy razors with multiple blades, an aloe strip, etc.) If you’re like me, you’ve been reusing your razors this whole time–ie., doing it all wrong. Turns out, using the same old razor is what causes shaving irritation (bumps, ingrown hairs, etc) and having to shave so frequently (it’s not as close of a shave).

Does anyone actually do this? Well, maybe next time you go to shave you’ll think about this. OR–you can take the lazy girl’s out: if you absolutely can’t find a fresh razor, you can dab a little oil on your old one to get by. Ok, phew.

She had a few other gems worth sharing, too: Like, shaving should be the last thing you do in the shower. Exposure to the hot water/steam for at least 5 minutes opens the pores making shaving more effective. Also, you should exfoliate before every single shave (but, obviously, never use exfoliator AS shaving cream.) Abide by her shaving rules, and you may just find a few less bumps on your legs this skirt season… Although this may require a trip to Costco to buy razors in bulk. You decide.

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Justine Schwartz is a veteran women's lifestyle editor; she's written extensively about style & beauty tips, health advice and wedding planning for more than a decade. Her work has appeared in New York Magazine, Huffington Post and New York Weddings. Justine has been with SheFinds since 2010; you can reach her via email at [email protected]

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