If you’re anything like this beauty editor, you try to savor every last drop of summer whenever possible. Yes it’s true that we might not have much time left to get that gorgeous glow and relish the smooth feeling of summer-smooth legs, but make that glorious summertime feeling lasts a few weeks longer with these five skin-loving summer tips courtesy of skin expert Sarah Neumann.
Dead dry skin cells clog the razor and don’t allow the razor to glide over the skin, thus increasing nicks, bumps and rashes. Try these prior to reaching for the razor to achieve a smooth silky shave: Jan Marini exfoliating body wash, Glytone creamy wash, or any salt or sugar scrub like Philosophy Lemonade Scrub. Body washes free of SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate) will keep skin from being dehydrated and give the best result.
Soften and Hydrate
Ensure you are in the shower with steam for at least 3-5 minutes prior to shaving. This will allow the hairs to soften and the razor to get a clean, close shave. Hydrate with a shaving cream prior. Top picks include: Whish Shaving Cream, Zirh Shaving Cream, or an inexpensive hair conditioner like Suave or Loreal. Avoid soap at all costs–this will lead to disaster as it dehydrates the skin and does not allow the razor to glide. Worse yet, a dry shave.
Choose Your Weapon
Not all razors are created equal. Women have curves, therefore we need a razor that has spring mounted blades to follow our curves. Also, use one with moisturzing strips to lessen the irritation factor. Top picks include Gillette Venus and Shick Quattro for Women. For the best results, go long in your strokes because short, choppy techniques lead to more nicks and cuts and increase the risk of razor bumps and rashes.
Change Your Razors Often
At least one time weekly if shaving daily. When the blade gets dull, it is sabotage for the entire process.
Immediately after toweling dry, apply a good layer of thick moisturizer that contains shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil or other natural ingredients to help seal in moisture. Top picks include Cerave or Cetaphil cream, L Occitane Shea Butter Body Lotion, or Burts Bees Richly Replenshing Cocoa and Cupuacu Butters Body Lotion.
What are your tips for silky smooth legs?
Courtney Leiva first dived into the beauty world at the age of 6 when she give her dog makeovers and bleached more Barbie’s hair than she can count. Now with a bachelor’s degree in communications with a concentration in journalism, Courtney eats, sleeps, and breathes beauty journalism whenever possible. Love Twitter? Courtney does too! Follow her on Twitter @CourtneyLeiva
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