Snow notwithstanding, rumor has it that it is currently spring, and that means soon — very soon — we can shed the tights, leggings and boots, and bask in the glorious freedom of bare-leggedness. So it’s time to break out those razors. For extra smooth summer legs, consider adding a sugar scrub to your leg-shaving routine.
There are many different recipes for scrubs, all using ingredients that you may likely already have in your kitchen or can easily get at the grocery store. The following recipe uses lemon juice, which helps loosen dead skin and softens hair.
Mix 1-1/4 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of virgin coconut oil — baby oil, almond oil or olive oil will do in a pinch — and 3 tablespoons of lemon juice (bottled is fine) in a plastic container. Spread generously on your leg and rub the scrub into your skin in a circular motion, keeping your circles small and working your way up the leg from your top of your foot. Repeat with the other leg. Shave.
Don’t forget to moisturize afterward! If you are allergic to nuts and don’t want to take any chances, stick with baby oil, olive oil or canola oil, or get some Neutrogena Body Oil – Light Sesame Formula.
The coarse sugar gets rid of the dead skin that the lemon juice helped loosen, and the oil leaves a residue on your skin that helps prevent razor burn.
Some blogs making the rounds suggest you shave first, exfoliate with sugar scrub and shave again — and by all means, if you have the time and patience, do so. For some people, shaving is already time-consuming, not to mention a pretty tedious process that they endure only because they enjoy the results. Suggesting to them that they add an extra two steps to an already annoying routine may put them off.
Luckily, if you exfoliate thoroughly with a good scrub before you shave, you’ll slough all that dead skin off your legs and loosen up spots where you might get ingrown hairs. Skip the second round of shaving, and keep that razor from going dull as fast as it would if you were shaving twice every time.