With Spring just a few weeks away, there’s so much to get excited about. Soon we’ll all be enjoying blossoming trees, sunshine, and (maybe most excitedly) the chance to put those winter coats away and start showing some skin.
There’s no better way to welcome springtime than in the perfect pair of shorts or a flowing dress. But, before you can start bringing back a little leg into your wardrobe, it’s time to start thinking about hair again.
Whether you’ve taken a break from shaving for the winter or stayed in your routine these last few months, your legs are probably in need of some attention. Colder, dry winter days take a toll on your skin, so now’s more important than ever to focus on getting your legs sleek, shining and ready for the season.
We’ve broken down some of the critical tips and tricks to get those silky smooth legs you’ve been missing. Read on to learn more.
1. Bring Your Shaving Game to the Next Level
The single best change you can make toward silkier legs is to make sure you’re shaving correctly. Using a sharp blade can make a huge difference. Not only will this help you get a closer shave, but it also ensures your razor isn’t infested with any bacteria that can cause skin redness and irritation. Skincare experts recommended changing out blades every six shaves or so to get maximum ease and comfort.
Also, if you aren’t soaking your legs before you shave, it’s time to start. This step can seem inconsequential, but a good warm soak for 5-10 minutes before shaving softens the hair follicles and helps to open your pores.
Once you’re prepped to shave, apply your favorite shaving cream and shave along the grain, following the direction in which your hairs grow. Do your best to avoid any back and forth motion, as this can lead to unnecessary irritation and ingrown hairs.
2. Time for a New Shaving Cream and Moisturizer
A lot of people don’t think much about shaving cream, but it has a significant effect on both the quality of your shave and your skin’s health. Several name-brand creams contain ingredients that can be harmful to your skin over time, causing dryness or red bumps.
Why does it make such a difference? As you shave, your shaving cream has ample opportunity to soak deep into your pores. That’s why we recommend using an all-natural cream that provides moisture and vital oils, rather than chemicals.
Here are some of the most important ingredients to avoid:
- BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene)
- Palmitic acid
- Triethanolamine (TEA)
Though all of these ingredients are “safe” enough to be legal, research has linked them to a range of skin troubles and, in rare cases, hormonal imbalances. Next time you choose a shaving cream, look for products made of organic and botanical ingredients like coconut oil, jojoba, and shea butter. The power of mother nature will get you much closer to the shave you want.
It’s not just about the shave, either. After you finish with your razor, your freshly smooth legs will be begging for moisture. Before your legs completely dry, apply a natural moisturizer (organic coconut oil is a perfect antibacterial option available at most grocery stores) or lotion to lock in hydration. This will leave you smooth, supple, and glowing all day long.
3. Ready to Quit Shaving for Good? Consider Laser Hair Removal
A lifetime of spending hours maintaining silky legs by shaving, waxing, hair removal creams, and constantly worrying about ingrown hairs can be exhausting. If you’re ready to say goodbye to your leg hair for good, laser hair removal could be the answer you’re looking for.
Dr. Alderman is proud to offer her patients a means of keeping their legs smooth and glowing for the rest of their lives. Patients and doctors alike love laser hair removal thanks to its ability to target unwanted hairs safely and efficiently.
Across the globe, thousands of people benefit from the long-term results that targeted light pulsation provides. The laser hair removal process carefully focuses laser energy on your follicles, slowing and even permanently preventing future hair growth. You’ll get to effortlessly enjoy healthy, hair-free skin. Laser hair removal goes beyond the legs, too. You can choose to target your upper lip, underarms, ears, chin, back, and bikini line as well.
If you think you’re ready to take the next step and schedule an in-person consultation, give our Atlanta, GA, office a call at (470) 381-3610 or contact us online today.