First of all I'd be a total liar if I said I constantly have smooth legs because I don't, far from it especially in winter! (poor boyf) but on the occasions I do want super smooth legs I follow these steps ...
Step 1: Run a warm bath
Getting in a warm bath will help open your pores which will give you a closer shave. Avoid hot water as it can dry out your skin and increase the risk of razor burn.
Step 2: Exfoliate
Exfoliate your legs using any method of exfoliation you choose (mitt, loafer, scrub, brush) use circular motions on the skin against the hair growth this will also help open the pores by getting rid of dead skin. Exfoliating can also reduce the chances of getting in grown hairs.
Step 3: Shave
Shave your legs against the growth of the hair, rinsing the razor after each stroke. Using a good razor is obviously going to make all the difference, disposables simply wont do. I have used a few mens razors in my time which have proved to fit the bill. The razor is using in these pictures is Gillette Venus Swirl Razor with "FlexiBall technology has been designed to contour better to tricky areas, like knees and ankles (vs Venus Embrace), with 5 Contour razor blades that individually adjust to every curve."
As well as choosing a good razor its important to look after your razor. When you've finished shaving you should rinse your razor thoroughly ensuring no hair is left on it. Some razors come with a blade protector if yours does ensure this is on when the razor is not in use, leaving your razor wet and unprotected can cause the blades to go all rusty. The Gillette Venus Swirl is a good razor but one downfall is that it doesn't come with a blade protector. Make sure you change your razor head as soon as it goes blunt.
Step 4: Rinse with cool water
After shaving rinse with cool water to close your pores. Then once out of the bath or shower pat you skin dry, don't rub as it might dry out your skin.
Step 5: Moisturise
The last step is to moisturise. Moisturising when the skin is damp can help locking moisture. If you have sensitive skin you may not be able to moisturise straight away (if your pores go red and bumpy) you may have to wait a little while for your skin to desensitise before moisturising. if this is the case for you, you could try adding a little baby oil to your bath after you've shaved as this should leave them with some moisture and stop them from drying out until you are able to moisturise them properly.
What tips do you have for getting smooth legs?
What products have worked for you getting super smooth legs?