Beauty tip: Shaving tips for smoother legs

By Elsa Kruger

SHAVING

Instant, fast, painless removal of body hair with a razor and shaving cream or foam.

WHAT HAPPENS:

Use a body shaving cream (Nivea has great ones) and simply shave off hair, angling the razor head in the direction of hair growth to avoid ingrown hair or skin irritation. You should ideally use a razor specially designed for women, such as Schick Quattro for Women TrimStyle (R94,95), a four-blade razor and waterproof bikini trimmer in one. Schick Intuition Pure Nourishment (R69,95) is designed to lather and moisturise during shaving. There is no need for shave gel, soap or body washes; just add water. It contains coconut milk and almond oil to moisturise dry skin during shaving.

PROS:

• Instant results
• Easy
• Can be used anywhere and on any body area

CONS:

• Temporary results – you have to shave either every day or every other day to remain smooth
• Can cause ingrown hairs, especially in the bikini area; use a product such as Skin Doctors Ingrow Go Ingrown Hair Lotion (R256,58) or Hair Go Ingrown Hair Serum (R34,95 at Dis-Chem)

SUITABILITY

It is suitable for all skin types and colours, except very sensitive skin that is prone to irritation.