The Art of Shaving

I have very sensitive skin, which makes shaving a complete and utter pain. I can get red, itchy bumps all over my legs if I don’t take the proper steps, and it’s taken a lot of trial and error to even figure out what those steps are.

First, I use a homemade shaving cream, which is much nicer on my skin than anything else that I’ve tried. The recipe is:

  • 1 cup shampoo (I used the Nature’s Gate Aloe Vera kind)
  • 1 cup conditioner (Same as the shampoo)
  • 5 Tbsp oil (I used sweet almond oil, but you can use any kind that you prefer)
  • 5 Tbsp lotion (I used Burt’s Bees, which smells awful)

Shake before every use — the oil will separate out. The shaving cream will be very liquid-y and have barely any foam, but it works a lot better than the store-bought kinds.

Alrighty! Before I get into the shower, I disinfect the razor with rubbing alcohol. This prevents any bacteria from the previous use, and from time spent sitting, from being scraped all over my skin and getting into any nicks.

Once I’m in the shower, I exfoliate my legs to clear away dead skin. This also helps me get a closer shave.

Apply shaving cream and have at it! I move the razor slowly, and I avoid pressing down at all — I let the weight of the razor do the work for me.

At the end of my shower, I rinse off entirely in cold water. I know, it sucks at first, but it makes a HUGE difference. After awhile the cold water starts to feel refreshing, and it makes it easier to step out of the shower, since you aren’t going straight from hot water to cool air.

The first thing that I do out of the shower is rub my legs down with witch hazel, which is good for soothing irritated skin, and will disinfect any nicks that I may have gotten.

Then, moisturize! I prefer to use sweet almond oil, but you can use whatever you like. I moisturize my entire body, because hot chlorinated water dries my skin out terribly.

Finally, I put on nylons. I don’t know why, but this prevents that last bit of irritation that I battled with for ages.

I know that it kind of seems like a lot, but the pleasure of having smooth legs is worth it — especially if you have any silky skirts that you can wear with bare legs on a warm summer night.