Our legs can be our greatest asset when temperatures start to rise, giving us confidence to bare our skin and brave the heat. But dry, flaky legs or unsightly razor burn can immediately banish our summer-time high. “Extend the life of your razor by simply drying it after each use,” says Lara Davidson, Spa Director of The Spa at Pebble Beach.
“Razor blade dullness results more from oxidation than contact with hair, and water that sits on blades between shaves causes oxidation.” If you are afflicted with razor burn, Davidson suggests this home remedy: “Soak cotton in a small amount of cold black tea,” says Davidson. “Apply to skin and relax for about 15 minutes before discarding the cotton. Tea contains tannins that help to constrict blood vessels, and help combat the inflammation.”
Try these pre- and post- shave products for a new outlook on how fabulous your legs really are.
The SoCal Cleanse Detoxifying Body Brush made of 100 percent natural materials and packed in a biodegradable bag made of plant fibers, will exfoliate and rejuvenate your legs, prepping them for a silky smooth shave. $38, socalcleanse.com
A handmade, eco-friendly shave bar — a celebrity favorite at the 2012 Golden Globes Luxury Gift Lounge — La Luna Solid Shave Bar provides a luxurious lather that will leave your skin feeling relaxed and nourished. $4.75, paradisoproducts.com
Softening hair follicles is key to preventing razor burn while shaving, and the Rituals Skin Care Organic Pre-Shave Oil does exactly that, and more, with tamanu oil – a natural antiseptic that instantly reduces inflammation, irritation and chafing. $24.95, ritualsorganics.com
Made from freshly ground fair trade and organic coffee beans, the Skinnyskinny Organic Black Coffee Body Scrub exfoliant will energize and awaken your senses while removing the dull, dry skin. $30, skinnyskinny.com
The Schick Xtreme 2 Eco Disposable Razor is recyclable, and the first of its kind to use 100 percent post-consumer paper in its packaging. Made for men and women, the triple blade — featuring dual comfort strips with natural aloe and vitamin E — gives skin an ultra-close shave. $7.99, soap.com
The Whish Flawless Ingrown Hair Serum banishes razor burn by fighting inflammation, weakening hair follicles, and restoring your skin’s resilience. $22.50, whishbody.com
Tired of the monotony of shaving? Kick your razor to the curb and try these salon sized, super-natural pH-balanced Parissa Leg & Body Wax Strips, to help you get silky smooth legs for up to eight weeks. Also included is a bottle of azulene oil with vitamin E to prevent ingrown hairs. $11.99, parissa.com
The Aubrey Organics Crème de la Shave moisturizing shave cream, with organic aloe vera, apricot kernel oil and essential oils, will hydrate and soothe your legs as you shave. $5.77, aubrey-organics.com