Shaving observation

I recently had the flu. so of coarse I didn't shave for like a week while I was sick. Towards the end I was taking a bath and getting sick of looking at my hairy legs and grabbed a razor, didn't use shaving cream or nothing just water and did a quick shave with an old razor. And it was super smooth afterwards, smoother then it been in quite a long while.

I have noticed this in the past as well. I just wonder what is so different that causes it to be smoother/closer, then when I shave more frequently. Does the skin need time to recover? does the longer hair catch on the razor easier? It's rather ironic that in order for my legs to look there best, I gota be at my worse for a few days.
I'm not positive why that is but it is absolutely true. This is why I give my skin a break over the weekend and start up again on the workday mornings.

(of course I'm talking about my face but...)
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I'm not positive why that is but it is absolutely true. This is why I give my skin a break over the weekend and start up again on the workday mornings.

(of course I'm talking about my face but...)
Originally Posted by GuardianB
We won't tell anyone you shave your legs.
I'm not positive why that is but it is absolutely true. This is why I give my skin a break over the weekend and start up again on the workday mornings.

(of course I'm talking about my face but...)
Originally Posted by GuardianB
We won't tell anyone you shave your legs.
Originally Posted by Peppy
Hey that was just once during softball season since I had a really bad involvement with hard packed red clay.
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Maybe the razor has more to grab onto - hence getting a better grip?
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I have noticed this, too. I'm going with skin having time to recover.
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I always assume it's a psychological thing. You know, being so hairy for so long makes it seem a whole lot smoother after shaving.
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It's actually the exact opposite for me. If I go more than a day without shaving it's painful and doesn't end up very smooth when I do shave. I think it's because I have super coarse hair on my legs (thanks a lot mom!) so maybe it's different for you luckier girls with finer hair

i get this too and i'm not quite sure why. i have fine, white/blonde hair on my legs so i can go two weeks without shaving and it's not noticeable. i find the less i shave the softer my hairs are too. but its soooo nice when i do shave, so silky smooth and please dont imagine my legs to look really hairy. after 2 weeks the hair is probably a centimetre long... but it does seem to grow faster on my head (and armpits pah)

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i came across this awhile back....since we're talking about shaving.


Perfect Shave Tips

The following tips are the basics of a great, smooth shave:
- Use a mild scrub (sugar scrubs are great), baking soda mixed with a gentle cleanser, or a daily exfoliant such as AHA or BHA to help keep flaky skin at a minimum (which means you can get a closer shave).

- It is essential for your legs to be wet for at least two or three minutes before starting; wet hair is soft, pliable, and easier to cut. Nothing is as irritating or chafing as shaving dry or slightly damp legs. However, skin should not be soaked (as you might experience in a bathtub) because the skin swells up around the hair follicles, thus preventing a close shave.

- Finding a razor that works well for your skin, given the pressure you use while shaving, the texture of your skin, and the density of hair growth, takes some experimentation. No single type of razor works well for everyone, though the newer triple blades seem to work wonders. After finding the one that works best for you, the main thing is to change the blade frequently—dull razors make for poor shaving results.

- When it comes to shaving creams or gels, for both men and women, those that contain emollients (usually those identified as being good for sensitive dry skin) work perfectly on the legs! There is absolutely no reason to buy shaving gels or creams in pretty pink containers when in truth they are virtually identical to those in more masculine or unadorned packages. The only real difference in products targeted specifically to men or women is the type of fragrance, and fragrance-free is best for the least risk of irritation.

- Avoid shaving products that contain irritants (such as alcohol, menthol, and peppermint). Used over newly shaved skin, irritating ingredients can cause red bumps and ingrown hairs. If you find yourself without shaving cream in the shower, use hair conditioner or body wash instead. This is far easier on the legs than shaving with a bar soap or bar cleanser.

- For best results, shave against the growth of hair using careful strokes and applying even pressure.

- After you are done, do NOT use a loofah or washcloth. The action of shaving has already exfoliated your skin and further rubbing can cause irritation and create problems.

- At night apply a moisturizer, and during the day, if your legs are going to be exposed to sun, apply a moisturizer with sunscreen (SPF 15 or greater) that contains the UVA-protecting ingredients avobenzone, titanium dioxide, or zinc oxide.

- Avoid AHAs after shaving. The glycolic acid in AHA products can be unnecessarily irritating to freshly shaved skin.

Ingrown Hairs:

Toner for Ingrown Hairs:
- 1 or 2 aspirins
- 1/4 cup distilled water
- a touch of glycerin

Apply moisturizer after aspirin solution is absorbed into skin

If you find the bumps do not respond well to the aspirin, try occasionally using an over-the-counter cortisone cream to reduce the redness and irritation. However, if the bumps get infected you need to disinfect them with an over-the-counter antibiotic like Neosporin, Polysporin, or Bacitracin. All three are excellent for quick relief from a small topical infection.

Contrary to what many believe, shaving does not change the texture, color, or rate of hair growth. Hair density is genetically and hormonally determined; it has nothing to do with what you do topically to the skin (unless you traumatically damage the hair follicle via injury or burns). But by following these simple steps you can have beautifully soft and smooth legs
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I just want to say that I think any shaving cream that comes in a can is crap. I always use Kiss My Face Moisture Shave or just regular old conditioner. Now if I try to use Skintimate or anything like that my legs get cut to shreds.
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hmm regular conditioner....that's a good idea...i like the idea of going towards fewer products! the kiss my face is good but pricey compared to regular conditioner like suave or skintimate...
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hmm regular conditioner....that's a good idea...i like the idea of going towards fewer products! the kiss my face is good but pricey compared to regular conditioner like suave or skintimate...
Originally Posted by luvmylocs
Yeah, KMF is pricey and harder to find so I've been using the same Suave I CO with to shave my legs.
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yeah i read that in that article i posted but never considered it...i guess i will when i run out of skintimate...thanks!
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Suave coconut is my favorite conditioner for shaving.
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It's actually the exact opposite for me. If I go more than a day without shaving it's painful and doesn't end up very smooth when I do shave. I think it's because I have super coarse hair on my legs (thanks a lot mom!) so maybe it's different for you luckier girls with finer hair
Originally Posted by Curlygirlie18
Ehh, same here. I always regret not shaving for a couple of days. It's like I get punished for my laziness!

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