I'll never forget the first time I shaved my legs. I was already 13 years old because my Dominican mom had this strange rule that I couldn't shave my legs until I officially hit puberty. By then all my friends from school were already rocking smooth, hairless legs while I (the only Latina in the group of coarse!) was sporting knee-length skirts that revealed all those embarrassing pelitos. Anyhow, I've been shaving my legs ever since--not waxing. Despite what some people might say, you can still get super smooth legs all with the help of a razor!

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Being a woman takes patience, time and money. I already like to splurge on professional blowouts, mani/pedis and bikini waxes, there's absolutely no room in my schedule or budget for frequent leg waxing too. So to make my life a little easier, I just shave. I do such a great job, most of my friends swear I get my piernas waxed. But no chica, there's a fine art to leg shaving. Here's how I keep my legs silky, smooth every single time!

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Get the right razor 1

Get the right razor

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When it comes to getting the closest shave, it's about the razor. Look for one that's designed with three blades and that comfortably glides, like Venus Quench Shave Quench Razor ($13). It also comes complete with shave gel bars, so all you have to do is add some water for a light lather and a smooth shave. Also, make sure the blades are fresh!

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Shave in the shower

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I always shave my legs in the shower. Why? Not only is it easier for you to position yourself (not to mention a lot cleaner) but standing in the shower for a few minutes also helps soften your skin, making it easier to have a smooth, close shave.

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Use shaving cream

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A lot of chicas I know like to lubricate their legs with some conditioner before shaving, but I find that it tends to clog up my blades. Instead, I like to massage a rich shaving cream on my already wet and clean legs, like Kiehl's Simply Mahvelous Legs Shave Cream ($16). It helps keep legs smooth and moisturized for hours.

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Moisturize

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To lock in moisture I like to apply a light oil, like Neutrogena Body Oil ($11) while my legs are still damp. Followed by a rich moisturizer like Vaseline Total Moisture Cocoa Radiant Body Lotion ($4).

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Tan

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For sexy, summer legs, add a gradual self-tanning lotion, like Jergens Natural Glow Revitalizing Lotion ($9). It gives the illusion of more toned legs.