How to Keep Your Legs Smooth for a Long Period of Time Without Shaving

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Use a depilatory cream in the comfort of your own bathroom. (Image: Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

While it's easy to reach for a razor to keep your legs smooth, shaving isn't the longest-lasting method. Shaved hair starts to grow back within a day, losing the smooth finish you worked for in favor of stubble. If a busy schedule doesn't allow you to tote a razor around, opt for depilatory products instead. Depilatories remove hair at the root -- instead of cutting it off above the skin like shaving -- to keep you hair-free longer. Keep your legs smooth for up to three weeks without shaving with a new hair-removal routine.

Step 1

Place a body brush just above your ankles, and slowly sweep it upward until you reach your knees. Work your way around your legs, going over each section 3 times. Repeat on your thighs, moving the brush gently. Choose a natural-bristle body brush to slough away dead skin and bring hair to the surface for long-lasting removal.

Step 2

Massage a moisturizing body wash into them using a circular motion. Choose a low-sulfate, oil-based body wash to avoid drying out your skin. Rinse with warm water. The water and cleanser will soften hair for easy removal.

Step 3

Gently pat your legs dry with a towel and apply a thin, even layer of depilatory cream to the hair. Choose a cream formulated for legs and your skin type to prevent irritation.

Step 4

Wipe the cream away with a tissue after the indicated amount of time.This is typically 5-7 minutes.

Step 5

Smooth a thick layer of moisturizing hair inhibitor over your legs. Balm textures will lock in moisture for lasting smoothness while slowing hair growth. Reapply daily after showering.

Things You'll Need

  • Body brush

  • Moisturizing body wash

  • Towel

  • Depilatory cream

  • Moisturizing hair inhibitor

Warning

Remove the depilatory cream immediately if you feel any irritation.

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