How to Shave Your Legs With an Electric Shaver

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How to Shave Your Legs With an Electric Shaver
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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 leg 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 leg 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 leg 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:

  • Quick and easy
  • Less chance of nicks and cuts than manual shaving
  • Consistent smoothness

Step One

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.

Step Two

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.

Step Three

You can either rinse your skin again, or gently wipe your legs down with a clean towel.

Step Four

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:

  • Convenient
  • Kinder to skin than dry shaving
  • Very little chance of cutting

Step One

Wash your legs with warm water and a gentle soap.

Step Two

Apply a small amount of shaving gel and work into the legs, lifting the hairs.

Step Three

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.

Step Four

Rinse and dry. Apply moisturizer, as you would with a dry shave.


Cleaning Your Electric Leg 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 (Best Electric Leg Shaver)

Should you decide to purchase an electric razor for your legs, 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.

You can also consider buying one of the best men’s electric shaver which can also be used for women’s legs.

Most decent shavers are capable of being used as both wet and dry shavers. The team’s favorite is the:

Panasonic ES2216PC Close Curves Women’s Electric Shaver – Check Price on Amazon


Closing Note

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 or comments please leave them below.


  • Groom+Style

    Pierce Lane is a camper, physical fitness coach, and lover of all things to do with fashion and grooming. Whether getting a close shave without irritating your skin or wearing the right cardio gear to eliminate chafing and discomfort while on the run, Pierce draws from his experiences over the last twenty years and puts it all in print. With a passion for helping people look and feel their best, he takes to G+S with fiery enthusiasm and a working knowledge of what it takes to save time getting ready in the morning and looking like a rock star all day.