How to Shave Your Legs With an Electric Shaver
Shaving your legs with a manual razor might give you a closer shave, but for the sake of convenience, and to avoid painful and unsightly nicks and cuts, using an electric shaver is a fantastic option.
In this article, the Groom+Style team explain how to get the best results when shaving your legs with an electric razor, whether it’s a dry shaver, or a wet shaver.
Dry vs. Wet Electric Shavers For Legs
As long as the shaver you buy is a good one, the only real difference between a dry and a wet electric shaver, is that you can use a wet shaver in the shower (we don’t recommend electric shaving in the bath.)
The technique is similar with both, what matters most when electric shaving your legs, is that you prep your skin properly (and maintain your shaver), which we’ll get into next.
Both dry and wet electric shavers work by lifting and cutting the hair using an oscillating cutting head.
Preparing Your Legs for Dry Shaving
The ultimate goal is, of course, to remove as much hair as possible, but you also need to protect your skin from damage, both during and after shaving.
The benefits of a dry electric shave:
Wash your legs with warm water and a gentle soap. Rinse them thoroughly and dry. Washing and drying before is essential because it softens the hair and makes the skin more pliable.
Work the shaver upward, from the ankle to the thigh, moving in gentle circular movements (or as instructed by your electric shaver), going back over any parts where the hair is still visible.
You can either rinse your skin again, or gently wipe your legs down with a clean towel.
Moisturise. This helps to repair the skin and seal in moisture so that your legs don’t dry out.
Preparing Your Legs for a Wet Shave
A wet electric shave is much the same as a dry shave, only you might choose to use a shaving gel (link to Amazon) and your legs will be wet. A wet shave with an electric shaver is kinder to your skin, as the skin stays lubricated the entire time.
Benefits of wet electric shave:
Wash your legs with warm water and a gentle soap.
Apply a small amount of shaving gel and work into the legs, lifting the hairs.
Shave in gentle circular motions (or as instructed by your electric shaver) from ankle, up to the thigh, going over any parts you may have missed.
Rinse and dry. Apply moisturizer, as you would with a dry shave.
Cleaning Your Electric Shaver
To prevent clogging and maximize your shaver’s effectiveness, it’s best to clean it after every use. Wait until the shaver is dry (rinse out any excess hairs) then brush the remaining hairs away with the supplied brush, or a small paint brush.
Read more here on how to clean an electric shaver.
Tip: Never rub oil on your legs before using an electric shaver. It will cause the shaver to clog up with hair, resulting in damage.
Groom+Style Recommends (Electric Shavers)
Should you decide to purchase a shaver, keep in mind there are plenty of shavers for women in the market today, so read our Top 5 ratings page to ensure you make an informed choice.
Most decent shavers are capable of being used as both wet and dry shavers. The team’s favorite is the:
The key things to remember when electric shaving (dry or wet) are:
- Wash the skin properly beforehand
- Work in slow, gentle circles
- Rinse and dry thoroughly
- Moisturise well
- Clean your shaver
For more skin care tips, visit the Groom+Style Art of Skin Care section. If you have any questions of comments please leave them below.