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In a drought this summer? Here's how to shave your legs *without* water

 
Everyone has their own leg-shaving technique. Some of us prefer to sit, while others might have mastered a pretzel-like bend to get all the tough-to-reach spots while standing. Whatever your trick may be, odds are that you're never without one crucial component: water. Since the first time we picked up shaving cream and a razor, we’ve been taught that removing hair sans water was a bad, bad idea. But as it turns out, shaving without any H2O isn’t the end of the world...and it might even end up saving it. Check out our tips to ensure you get a flawless shave—without water or (the horror!) razor burn. 

Don’t forget a fresh razor

Dull razors can lead to nasty cuts, so make sure to toss your old razor and replace it with a new one. If you’re opting for a disposable razor (we’re fans of the Venus Sensitive Disposable Razor, $7.49, target.com), try not to use it for more than a few weeks to keep things sharp.

 

Set up a barrier

We’ve been taught to shave in the shower because warm water softens skin and hair, making your shaving experience easy-peasy. When you’re in a bind, opt for body oil or lotion instead. It’ll soften you up and create a barrier between your skin and the blade, ensuring you get the smooth shave you’re looking for. 

Change your direction

You might be used to shaving against the grain, but it’s time to switch things up. Shaving in the same direction that your hair grows will keep you from experiencing any uncomfortable stubble and ingrown hairs. And, once you’re finished, run a cool washcloth down your legs. This’ll calm your hair follicles for some added razor burn prevention. 

Choose the right moisturizer

Your fave scented lotion might smell wonderful, but it’s more likely to irritate your freshly shaved legs. Try an oil- and fragrance-free lotion instead (like CeaVe’s Moisturizing Lotion, $10.99, drugstore.com). It’ll keep your legs from feeling totally dehydrated without clogging up your pores or causing any nasty burning.

 

Would you ever try to shave your legs without water? What are some of your environmentally-friendly beauty routines?

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by Mallory Walker | 2/1/2016
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