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A recent survey revealed that nearly a third of millennial women feel as though that having a clean, close shave makes them feel more beautiful and optimistic about handling the day ahead. That’s why women spend an average of $10,000 over their lifetime on shaving,  on average more than 7,718 times–all in the name of beautiful, silky legs.

Today, we’re exploring the best practices of shaving and waxing to educate you on how to best remove leg hair to achieve those smooth and soft legs that everyone loves to show off in summer sundresses and shorts!

What causes ingrown hairs on legs?

Ingrown hairs occur when a hair grows back into your skin after you’ve practiced hair removal via waxing or shaving. Especially if you have curly or coarse hair, ingrown leg hairs are not unusual.

Ingrown leg hairs aren’t cause for major concern, however, they do prompt inflammation and irritation. Not only are ingrown hairs unpleasant to deal with, but they can also be unsightly.  With summer nearly here, no one wants to feel self conscious about ingrown leg hairs, exposed by the shorts, dresses,and bathing suits frequently worn in these warm months.

Best Practices for Shaving Your Legs

Preventing ingrown hairs is possible, especially when shaving your legs! To prevent ingrown hairs, exfoliate your legs well before shaving in the shower or bath. This will unclog pores and remove dirt and dead skin. Regular exfoliation also helps ingrown hairs to grow correctly out of the hair follicle rather than curling back into the skin.

Another way to reduce the chances of ingrown hairs is to use a shaving gel or cream on your skin. This helps your razor’s blade to easily glide along the skin, reducing irritation that leads to inflammation and hair follicle blockages.

Finally, use the right razor to shave your legs to ensure the chances of ingrown hairs are minimized. A multi-blade razor works best, and always ensure that your shaving tool is both clean and sharp for best results. Most razors are good for five to six uses. If you find yourself having to apply added pressure to your razor while shaving, that’s a  sign that it’s time to toss it and replace with a new one.

Best Practices for Waxing Your Legs

Another popular method of removing leg hair is to wax, which actually removes hair from the root. Waxing is oftentimes preferred to shaving due to the fact that it encourages hair to grow back more slowly than shaving and finer. However, waxing can certainly lead to unpleasant ingrown hairs, too.

To prevent this pesky issue while waxing, you should—again—exfoliate beforehand. This buffs away any dead skin cells and unclogs pores, which could be the start of ingrown hairs when you actually wax.

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Both before and after waxing, be sure to moisturize your legs. Keep your skin hydrated as dry skin causes the hair to break at the surface rather than being removed from the follicle as it’s intended to be, which can lead to hair growing back into the skin.

Finally, use the right wax to encourage smooth skin afterwards. Waxes that are all-natural and made for sensitive skin and applied at body temperature cuts down on irritation.

If you have fallen victim to ingrown hairs on your legs from either method of hair removal, treat them with a over the counter product designed to help the issue or with a natural disinfectant. Substances like tea tree oil or lavender essential oil should be applied directly on the affected areas to begin the healing process.

Follow these steps and you’ll be on your way to blissfully soft and smooth legs that you’ll love showing off all summer long! Ingrown hairs are painful, irritating, and even embarrassing, but there’s no reason to suffer through them if you take the appropriate measures while shaving and waxing.

Written by Dr. Steven Rosen
Many great inventions and discoveries in the world were unintentional or just plain accidents. The story you are about to read concerning a breakthrough in the cosmetics field relates another great accidental discovery. In 1985, in an office in South Florida, Dr. Steven Rosen, a dentist at that time was working on a patient. The patient was a private investigator. Medication was given to the patient to alleviate the pain associated with his treatment. Two days later, the patient noticed a dramatic improvement not only in the pain level, but in his skin as well. His face, which was full of razor bumps, had cleared up! The man couldn't wait to tell the dentist what had happened. He called the dentist on the phone. He asked the dentist what he was doing to him. The dentist was worried and asked what he was talking about. He told the dentist that something the dentist was doing was clearing up his razor bumps. He told the dentist that since he started shaving 15 years earlier, he had tried everything available for razor bumps and nothing had worked until now. The investigator began to tell the dentist how important this discovery was. He mentioned that the dozens of products already on the market did not come close to producing the dramatic results he had achieved. He also said that this was a big problem in the military where a clean shave was required or you would have to get a shaving clearance from the dermatologist. Lawsuits had been filed in industry by workers who were fired because they were unable to get a clean shave for example where gas mask use was required Police must have clean shaves and so on. The dentist realized the importance of this discovery and determined which ingredient in the medication was improving the skin. Realizing that the ingredient could not be taken internally for long periods of time, the two men experimented with the formula in an attempt to apply it directly to the skin. It worked. It then took nine long years work to create a workable product and learn how to reach the market. . The dentist had a great discovery. Other uses for the formula arose in the same "chance" way that the formula was discovered. Women who bought the product for their husbands or boyfriends started trying it on ingrown hair problem they had from shaving, waxing, and having electrolysis on their legs, bikini lines, and underarms. Not only did they report to the dentist that the ingrown hair problems had cleared, but that the formula worked as an excellent underarm deodorant. And the rest is history……… Thank you for letting us tell our story. We hope you enjoyed it.