OK, this is a really weird question, but I always have shave bumps. It annoys me and looks really bad! Any tips? Also, my knees are darker because I wore jeans all winter and the rest of my leg is pale and I hate it! I am wearing a short dress to the wedding this Sunday and I need advice! Thanks!
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Answered by:Aelspet23Snowboarder In her teens from Johnstown, Ohio, U.S.A.
Well, for the first issue (shave bumps) get a really thick moisturizing lotion such as Gold Bond and apply immediately after shaving. Also, if the rest of your leg is pale,get a bronzing lotion and use allover your body. Itmay stink (really bad) but it helps. I had the same issues!
I have good luck with the Aveeno Shave Cream for Sensitive Skin. Make sure to use a razor with 4 blades and apply a fragrance-free lotion after shaving. Cetaphil and Eurcerin are nice. In the future, you may want to try a leg wax, that will most likely take care of those shave bumps!
Try shaving your legs with a super sharp blade-like the men's Mach razors. If you wash with a good shower gel containing AHA's, glycolic or salyclic acids, that will give you a closer shave, and lighten the darkeness on your skin. It's not going to happen overnight, but it will happen. You could also make a mask for your knees from plain Greek yogurt and lemon mixed in. Massage into your knees and leave on for ten minutes. The lactic acid in the yogurt, and citrus acid in the lemon will lighten things up and make your knees very smooth.
I think @GoodFaith's answer has covered it all =P I find that exfoliating before shaving helps to keep skin smooth. I use a shower glove everyday when I shower, so exfoliating is part of my daily routine. I do it gently to not irritate my skin. I find that if I leave shaving cream or a moisturizing soap for a bit before shaving int the shower, my shaving is very smooth.
It's just I don't think I have the money or time to go there. :D I tried a sugaring myself once....didn't happen, haha! Waxing doesn't work for me, I must have tough legs! Sigh.... I'm not sure if it is the jeans that make my knees darker, I think it's lack of sun or something. Thanks though, @GoodFaith!
I would suggest buying a wash containing either salicylic or glycolic acid, and washing your legs with it. Lather it on, and leave it on for five minutes before rinsing. Both of these acids are able to dissolve the intercellular glue from your knees; which are discolored from the jean fiber pigments. You could also mix baking soda in with some liquid soap you have at home and make a scrub out of it. Scrub your knees with it in the shower. If you want to get red of your shaving bumps, Google a place in your area that does Sugaring. Sugaring goes with the hair follicle rather than against it-so it doesn't create the bumps. It's not cheap, but it lasts a long time and gives a great result. They might be running specials for new clients, so check out the Yelp as well.