Skin is in. Beaches, pools, and the accompanied swimsuit all ask for smooth, freshly-shaven legs. A typical shaving checklist might include: razor, soap or cream, and water.
However, the best shaving products should not only make your skin feel silky smooth, but should also provide nourishment to your skin. Sometimes that means ditching basic soap or shaving cream and opting for something a little less traditional.
Think Outside the Tub 1 of 11
Just because you may not find them in the beauty aisle, doesn't mean they can't work wonders for your legs! The following are 10 such examples...
1. Not Just Any Soap 2 of 11
You might be scratching your head right about now. I did say this wasn't your typical shaving regimen. So why the hunk of soap? He is kind of handsome, if I do say so myself. That is besides the point. The point is, not all soap is created equal. You wouldn't think of putting laundry soap or dish soap on your legs, would you? Don't answer that. The right soap can work for shaving — take Figs and Leaves by Lush, for example. The organic aloe contained in the soap helps soothe sensitive skin and puts this soap a bar above the rest!
Purchase: Lush Figs and Leaves; $7.60
2. Shaving Cream 3 of 11
Many shaving creams smell pretty and lather like nobody's business, but leave your legs dry and irritated. Before tossing any old cream into your cart, check the back of the bottle. If you notice alcohol and fragrances at the top of the ingredients list, chances are you'll be less than satisfied with the results. With organic coconut and jojoba oils, organic green tea extract, and organic shea butter — your legs will be anything but dry!
To Purchase: Whish Lavender Shave Cream; $20
3. Men’s Shaving Cream 4 of 11
Another top-notch shaving cream can be found by scouring the Men's section. Don't be fooled, this shaving cream isn't a tough-guy. It's specifically intended for those who suffer from sensitive skin, ingrown hairs, and razor burn. Sounds like the perfect combination for both faces and legs!
To Purchase: Lush Ambrosia Soothing Shaving Cream; $ varies
4. Conditioner 5 of 11
More often than not, I find myself reaching for my conditioner twice during my shower: once after shampooing and the other for shaving! Go figure, using a deep conditioner packed with extra-moisturizing nutrients can actually save a shave!
To Purchase: Neutrogena Triple Moisture Daily Deep Conditioner; $6
5. Body Lotion 6 of 11
Similar to conditioner in nature, body lotion can also be used for shaving. Soy lotions, such as Archipelago Botanicals Soy Lotion Milk, actually help shrink hair follicles and stunt regrowth. I'll take it!
To Purchase: Archipelago Botanicals Soy Lotion Milk; $20
6. Baby Oil 7 of 11
You're not a baby for calling on baby oil for shaving reinforcements! Pour a little bit of pure baby oil, or gentle baby wash (that contains oil) onto the razor's blades before shaving. Coating the blades provides a smoother glide. Plus, it extends the life of the razor! This particular one, by Shea Moisture, is used at our house on a regular basis for both the babies as well as myself.
7. Olive Oil 8 of 11
Lather your legs in 100% olive oil and you may not even need to moisturize post-shave. Much like baby oil, olive oil helps moisturize while preventing potential nicks and razor burn!
8. Jojoba Oil 9 of 11
In case you decide to reserve your olive oil for dinner — try jojoba oil instead. It can be used in isolation to replace soap or shaving cream, or used beneath your shaving product. Apply once more after shaving as your moisturizer.
To Purchase: Dessert Essence 100% Pure Organic Jojoba Oil; $16
9. Witch Hazel 10 of 11
Witch Hazel (despite the kind of scary name) has long been known for its healing properties. Methodsofhealing.com suggests applying Witch Hazel oil immediately before and after shaving to prevent the appearance of razor bumps. This particular toner also contains aloe vera — double soothing duty!
To Purchase: Thayers Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Toner; $9
10. Lotion + Anti-Itch Cream 11 of 11