Since the runways were bombarded with everything itsy-bitsy for spring, I think it’s important to re-evaluate shaving methods, especially if you are the lucky gal who can rock sassy short skirts.
Getting smooth, hairless legs can be difficult if you're under a time crunch. But, if you do it right, you can skip a day. I recommend making sure you have three things: a loofah, a moisturizing shaving cream for sensitive skin, and a good razor to ensure a close shave. These three things will change the look of your legs instantly by giving you smooth, sexy legs that are mini-skirt ready.
The first thing you want to do is exfoliate. Use a loofah before you shave because it will get rid of soap, dirt and lotion so you can shave over residue-free legs. The Body Shop’s Cactus Scrub Mitt is a great way to exfoliate without drying your skin out because it is made of natural sisal. Scrubbing your legs may sound odd, but, in addition to removing dead skin cells, it also gets your blood flowing and keeps the skin looking vibrant and youthful.
→ Buy the The Body Shop Cactus Scrub Mitt, $10.00, at thebodyshop-usa.com.
After you’ve scrubbed your legs clean, it’s very helpful to get your hands on a moisturizing shaving cream because it will prevent irritation. I recommend using either Skintimate Moisturizing Shave Gel or Aveeno Shave Gel.
I use both because they protect against the nicks and cuts, keeping legs moisturized. The Skintimate has eight different conditioners, emollients and lubricants while the Aveeno is made with natural colloidal oatmeal and contains no added fragrance. If your hair is thick and coarse and you’re sensitive to fragrances, definitely use the Aveeno. I use Aveeno around my bikini area and it prevents a lot of ingrown hairs. But, if you like a fresh smell after you shave, the Skintimate will be your number one choice.
→ Buy Aveeno Shave Gel, $4.29, at drugstore.com.
When it comes to a razor, I like to man it up and use a Gillette Mach3 Turbo razor. The three-blade razor is pretty incredible-- don’t let it intimidate you. The Mach3 gives the smoothest hairless finish your legs could ask for by evenly removing hair effortlessly. This new version even has lubricant strips to keep your legs protected and soft. This razor won’t let you down. Think of it this way, if it removes hair off a guys face without scratching it up then surely your legs will be in great hands.
→ Buy the Gillette MACH3 Turbo Razor, $9.99, at drugstore.com.
Editor's Note: This post was originally published on March 11, 2010. It has since been updated to ensure all links are up to date and all prices are current.
is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Kim is currently based in sunny Del Mar, California, where she's a Realtor with Real Living Real Estate, specializing in coastal homes and luxury acquisitions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.