By: Amber Katz
Now that it’s a little warmer, take after our favorite ladies on the red carpet by showing your legs off at your next event. Even if you don’t have a sought-after stylist on speed dial, you can still have the legs of an A-lister. Here are a few simple tips to getting perfectly smooth legs — even for the most sensitive of skin.
1. Open Your Pores
In order to soften the hair follicle, wait to start shaving until you’ve been in the shower for a few minutes. I like to do some of my shower “chores” before starting the hair-removal process, like washing my face, shampooing my hair and slathering on a deep conditioner, then letting it hydrate my strands while I shave. That’s my morning multitasking routine!
Are ingrown hairs the bane of your existence? Join the club. Luckily, there’s an easy way to make them a thing of the past: simple, consistent exfoliation. When you slough off the dead skin that accumulates around hair follicles, it’s less likely to clog up when new hair grows in. Use a body scrub to smooth out the surface of your skin before shaving for a long-lasting result.
3. Get Sudsy with a Moisturizing Body Wash
I like to use a loofah with a moisturizing body wash, such as Olay Sensitive Body Wash. When they say there’s a jar of moisturizer in there — they aren’t kidding. I adore this stuff. It’s a staple in my tub!
4. Use a Rich Shaving Cream or Gel
Lubrication is key for a close shave that lasts. Step out of the shower’s spray as much as you can and lather up from your thighs to your ankles with a rich, hydrating cream or gel.
5. Take Your Time
The hardest thing to remember when shaving your legs is to go slowly. Any sudden jerky moves and you could accidentally knick yourself! Take your time and shave in quadrants — right, left, upper and lower, and go easy around knees and ankles.
For long-lasting moisture, apply Olay Ultra Moisture Body Lotion just after you get out of the shower or bath. If you have sensitive skin, this step is a must.
7. Be Prepared
The Snap is perfect for travel or for keeping in your handbag for last-minute smooth skin emergencies. Missed a spot? Take your handy Venus Snap with Embrace and tend to your overlooked hairs in an instant.
When’s your next big event?
Amber is a freelance writer and the founder of Beauty Blogging Junkie, a hilarious pop-culture infused beauty blog that covers everything from eye shadow to hairspray. Amber has written for Instyle.com, MTV.com's Buzzworthy blog, New York Press and Girlfriend Getaways magazine.