Shaving was brought up in a few threads, so I thought I'd dedicate one to solving the problem of leg hair and not dying from blood-loss or itch in the process ^_^
Keep in mind that this is how I do it, I have fairly sensitive skin that gets itchy and red if I don't go through everything stated below. That is why waxing is goooood ^^ Painful, but gooood.
Okay, so you want to shave your legs but they're getting itchy?
First off, if the hair is considerably long, trim it first. If it's too long it'll catch in the razor and get in the drain and just... ugh. x.o' So yes, trim first!
When you're in the shower, wash with a moisturizing soap. If you use a regular soap (Lever 2000 is the soap of the Devil!) it'll dry your skin out and you'll screw yourself over before you even put a razor to the hair.
Rinse! For an added bonus to help smooth skin, try using a shower scrub. Keep away from scrubs that have salt, as it'll irritate sensitive skin.
Post-scrub, rinse, use a shower cream lathered into a sponge and rinse again.
Now it's time to shave! Venus razors are (imho) the best. They are pricy, but they shave close and leave the less nicks and bumps.
Before shaving, apply a shave cream that has a lot of moisturizers and vitamin E. Also, wet your legs before putting on the stuff, or else it'll get ucky and hard to shave.
After applying, wet the razor, start at the bottom of your leg, and glide it up. Try to move slow. When you get to the knee, it helps to bend your leg so the skin is taut, and helps reduce nicks.
After shaving, rinse the skin with warm water, and again apply the shower cream. Even with moisturizers, shave stuff still might tend to dry skin out. Afterwards you can rinse them with cool water, but I really see and feel no difference. o0'
Once out of the shower, pat the skin dry, don't rub it. Try to be quick though! After that, time to get out the lotion!
Try to find a good body cream that's fairly thick and non-greasy, as well as hypo-allergenic. If your legs are already itching, try to size up exactly where they're itching. Usually it's around places where you nicked.
Don't just slather it on, take small amounts and dot on the itching places, before using your fingertips to glide it on and let your skin absorb it slowly.
Before the body cream, you may choose to put on some of that Bikini Zone stuff that prevents redness and ingrown hairs.
You can also put on lotion that helps thin hair out, so it'll be less noticible when it grows back.
And that is shaving your legs! ^_^
All the stuff I use except for the razor is a Bath and Body Works product ( I work there, sue me AND my discount, yuk yuk
), and are as follows:
True Blue Spa Like Butter
Pure Simplicity Fig Hydrating Body Scrub
Fig Hydrating Shower Cream
TBS Shave the Day
BBW Benefits Body Butter
TBS I Couldn't Hair Less
Shave-less Body Lotion
Yes, it all has a smell to it, and I smell like a big fruitbasket when I'm done (I love being a girl), but you can most definetly find stuff like this that's off-brand and up and down the aisles of an Eckerd.
Anyone else who has a preferred product or method, feel free to add to or take away any of my suggestions. ^^ This is all just what works for me. :3
And if all else fails, gentlemen, get a wax. It hurts, yeah, though not as much as getting an upper lip or eyebrows done, and the more you do it, the less it'll hurt. :P