How Often Is Too Often?

I wrote this post about 3 years ago and to date it’s one of my most popular so I thought I’d freshen it up with an update and an original image (I’m getting nervous of the old stock photography I used to pinch from Google Images after hearing horror stories about people being taken to court over copyright infringement!!)

The whole topic came up when I was chatting on twitter about hair removal and it became obvious that in shaving my legs EVERY DAY I was in a very select minority. At the time I said – ‘Some people can leave them for months!! To me that’s the equivalent of not washing my hair for that long, at some point I associated smooth legs with feeling fresh and clean and I feel grubby going more than a day, I’m starting to consider it somewhat OCD. I have been known to get up in the middle of the night to do them ’cause I can’t sleep!!’ – I’ve gone through phases in my life where this obsession gets the better of me but I’m back to a slightly more reasonable every third day routine right now. If I could be BOTHERED I’d do them every day but I’ve weaned myself off the NEED to. I once left them 2 weeks intending to have them waxed only to be told that I’d be looking at another 2 before all the hairs had grown out enough.. so waxing is off the table. I wax elsewhere for comfort but but my legs and my underarms will be my forever chore. I envy those who can just stop shaving altogether in the winter, I can FEEL the hair under my jeans, drives me NUTS!

So my question to twitter which I am extending to you is, How Often Is Too Often? 

I try to be diligent in moisturising after shaving as I’m aware the more regularly I do it the more sensitive my skin could become but I’m not particularly concerned about it. I do go through a fair few razors, I suppose and the time spent shaving my legs could possibly be better spent but I can’t see any major downsides. I know I would be uncomfortable (literally, not emotionally) after longer than 3 days but I’m fascinated by other peoples time lines so tell me, what’s your magic number? 

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  1. Lily
    25 February, 2013 / 6:06 pm

    I personally prefer to epilate! Basically because, I’m like you and I can’t stand fuzzy legs, but I can’t ever be bothered to shave each day!

    • missbudgetbeauty
      25 February, 2013 / 9:52 pm

      I’ve tried to epic ate I just can’t!!

  2. 25 February, 2013 / 6:08 pm

    Not often enough. Fact. I can not physically shave my legs in the shower – how is it done??? When I bend over under running water I get water in my eyes (need eyes open to shave legs) – if I stand outside of the direct fall of water I get cold, and what do you swish your razor in to clean the blade mid-shave? I have on too many occasions held it against the shower head but this doesn’t appear to work. Not to mention the fact that the shower just washes off your shaving gel before you’ve actually shaved. Urgh, can’t do it. SO I only shave my legs in the bath. At one point I lived in a flat that didn’t HAVE a bath, just a compact and bijou shower room – bad times, luckily my then boyfriend remained unbothered. Now I *do* have a bath, but in a house with a teeny tiny water tank so you have to wait 48 hours for a full tank of hot water (or so it seems) to run a decent bath, as such I shower way more than I bathe and the leg shaving suffers as a result. I ought to just get some Veet (which, in case you’re interested, is what I do with the ol’ lady garden)

    • missbudgetbeauty
      25 February, 2013 / 9:52 pm

      Haha!! Love that! I have a bath every evening, watch YouTube videos and shave my legs lol.. Evening ritual

    • Pete
      23 August, 2016 / 6:01 pm

      Shaving your legs in the shower is easier if you use hair conditioner as the ‘gel’ or ‘lubricant’.
      It also helps keep the skin soft…. it will also work on your “lady garden”..lol

  3. 25 February, 2013 / 6:41 pm

    Normally around twice a week is the norm for me to shave my legs…I think my legs would get really dry and irritated if I did it any more frequently. It is such a pain shaving though and having stubble again already the day after. I also wish I could afford permanent hair removal xx

    • missbudgetbeauty
      25 February, 2013 / 9:51 pm

      I could shave in the morning and be stubbly by the evening *sigh*

  4. 25 February, 2013 / 7:05 pm

    i am probably the luckiest girl alive when it comes to body hair because i just don’t really have any. if i do, it’s so fine and fair that it never shows. i haven’t ever really experienced stubble. i shave certain areas much more than others, but my legs get a proper go over about once a month, with a few touch ups when i’m having a shower in between.

  5. Emma
    25 February, 2013 / 8:07 pm

    It’s normally once or twice a week for me and I make sure to moisturise after. My legs get a bit dry and irritated if I do it too often x

    • missbudgetbeauty
      25 February, 2013 / 9:48 pm

      I don’t moisturise nearly enough given that I shave daily

  6. 25 February, 2013 / 8:11 pm

    oh gosh I couldnt think of anything worse than doing it everyday, although it probably doesnt help that my legs for some reason are really sentive to.. everything body washes, razors, lotions the lot and well being single gives me even more excuse to leave it an extra couple of days.

    • missbudgetbeauty
      25 February, 2013 / 9:50 pm

      Would you believe I shave my legs with just water and they’re not irritated at all?!?

      • Clara
        6 December, 2013 / 2:40 pm

        I use only water because my hair is very course. Almost like beard hair in my legs. It makes for a smoother shave”

  7. 25 February, 2013 / 8:28 pm

    I think it depends for me..In the winter season, I tend not to as much as say, in the spring/summer seasons, since then I’m wearing more leg-baring or other body part-baring clothing. It also depends when I go to see my boyfriend – Sometimes I (guiltily) wait until I go to see him every other weekend. God, I sound AWFUL!

    – Killian x
    indulgenceonabudget.blogspot.co.uk

    • missbudgetbeauty
      25 February, 2013 / 9:47 pm

      If I could last a week I would! I’m so envious that you can, whatever the reason may be

  8. 25 February, 2013 / 9:05 pm

    Twice a week, or I epilate about once a week. Less often if I’m feeling lazy or having a bad spell of body loathing :(. My legs get all irritated and I get ingrowns constantly (ick I know), but I don’t like being hairy, so it’s damned if I do, damned if I don’t.

    • missbudgetbeauty
      25 February, 2013 / 9:46 pm

      I know exactly how you feel, must shave but it can cause irritation

  9. 25 February, 2013 / 9:27 pm

    Most people are horrified when I answer this question but I’m one of those girls that can leave it months! People always call me lazy but my hair is so fine and it just sent grow that much at all! I have always been like this though and I’ve been told the more often you shave the quicker and coarser it grows back so maybe that’s why mine doesn’t grow so much (not sure how true it is but I’m happy to go on believing). XxX

    • missbudgetbeauty
      25 February, 2013 / 9:45 pm

      I’m not horrified but eternally jealous!

  10. Denise
    25 February, 2013 / 9:29 pm

    Don’t throw around the term ‘OCD’. You also used the term ‘manic depressive’ flippantly in one of your recent vlog videos.

    • missbudgetbeauty
      25 February, 2013 / 9:44 pm

      For all you know I’ve suffered personally from one or both of these so if we’re going to be politically correct lets not mention it at all in case we offend someone with a “flippant” comment. Really I think anyone would know I meant no harm by my OCD reference and manic depression actually runs in my family so though I was joking it’s something we look for when odd behaviour arises within any if us

  11. 25 February, 2013 / 9:53 pm

    I used to shave my legs about 2/3 times a week but now I epilate (yes its painful but I find it worth it as it lasts) because my skin just cant seem to take it -shaving just makes my skin so dry! But I agree in that soft/smooth feeling skin is just the best and its so much easier to sleep that way for some reason!
    http://littleannabearr.blogspot.co.uk/

  12. 25 February, 2013 / 10:13 pm

    Fab post doll! I personally can’t stand shaving my legs, which sucks as i’m doing laser hair removal atm which means I can only shave them, drives me nuts! I also can’t do it in the shower, and HATE being anything but super smooth, which is such a pain! I am really hoping the laser works so I never have to worry about this anymore, it’s too much of a chore! xxxx

  13. Poppy smith
    25 February, 2013 / 10:22 pm

    Hi I watch all your videos and I love them and I hate reading guru gossip don’t let it put you down ad what are you doing for your next video !! Can’t wait x

  14. sanja
    25 February, 2013 / 11:02 pm

    i shave them when i’m about to have sex 😀 or when i know i’m gonna show my legs 😀 i admit i’m lazy 😀 but only i can see it, so it’s fine 😀

  15. Gillian
    25 February, 2013 / 11:15 pm

    I always epilate, usually about once or twice a week to get rid of any stray hairs which are appearing. I know it is painful at first, but your skin really does get used to it very quickly, and I have noticed that my hair has gotten so much finer!
    One disadvantage though it ingrown hairs 🙁 I have to exfoliate all the time to prevent them!
    I never really got the hand of shaving, I give it a go from time to time but always end up with cuts or really bad razor burn :'(

    By the way, just want to say that I absolutely love your blog and videos! I have bought so many things that you have recommended, and loved all of them! 🙂

  16. Whatsonyourtulips
    26 February, 2013 / 12:49 am

    In the summer about every two days but in the winter I just leave them until I am going out or seeing my boyfriend. I only have a shower at the moment and it such a hassle doing it because you put the shaving foam on and then water washes it off. I wish I could be bothered to do it everyday because I do love the feeling of having super smooth legs. If I could afford laser removal I would defiantly do it. x

    whatsonyourtulips.blogspot.co.uk

  17. Lindsay
    26 February, 2013 / 6:10 am

    I’m quite lucky in that I have very fine blonde hair on my legs so can (and do) go a long while between shaves. Once every month or so is about normal for me. Any more is pointless as you just can’t see or really feel it.

    I think I’d go crazy if I had to do it every day… Can’t be bothered with the faff of it all!

  18. 26 February, 2013 / 8:23 am

    In winter I sahve my legs once every two weeks or so.

    In summer that goes up to three or four times a week… unless I’m feeling brave and then I use my epilator.

  19. 26 February, 2013 / 8:23 am

    and it would appear I can’t spell!

    *shave

  20. Chas
    26 February, 2013 / 4:23 pm

    Waxing genuinely works. I have the stubble-too-soon problem in my armpits (TMI?) and last year decided to take the plunge and bought a pack of wax strips – my armpits will stay clear for at least a week (touching up with a razor in between, I don’t wax too well there due to the funky eye-to-ampit angle) and legs easily for a month. My boyfriend doesn’t believe I was made fun of for being the stubble creature at school, lol.

    Oh, and the pain does NOT outweigh the reduced hassle of shaving everyday and still getting stubble 12 hours later. Just remember to use tissue/cotton pad doused in baby oil to get the residual wax off, cos the shower and soap won’t!

  21. 26 February, 2013 / 4:33 pm

    I’m just like you and used to shave my legs every single day with just water! Even though I have fine blonde hairs that no one would be able to see, I just hate the way they feel when there’s a day’s worth of stubble there.
    Recently I’ve been cutting down my showers to every other day (I’m a student and can’t afford a huge water bill) and have found that once used to it, my legs don’t feel as stubbly as quickly. I think the more you shave, the quicker the hairs will grow back so if you start giving it a longer break, it may take the hairs longer to grow back. x

  22. 26 February, 2013 / 5:24 pm

    Oh I’m so lazy! I’m also a wimp – so waxing for me is a no go. Wish I could afford lazer treatment and the fuzz’ll be gone forever!
    I tend to shave every other day when I’m in the bath, but often feel an hour later my legs are stubbly again!!

    I must admit I have been know to leave them for a week or so in the winter months when I know no one will see….aside my lucky, lucky boyfriend of course! haha!

    Jen xx
    http://kitsch-n-sync.blogspot.com

  23. 26 February, 2013 / 10:41 pm

    I am definitely like you; because I wear shorts for bed, I don’t want to be feeling the awful stubble, I want them silky soft. Which leads me to moisturising! I hate moisturising my body and then getting to my legs and finding I’ve left a patch on my legs, it’s just awful. My friends think its weird, but it’s just out of habit now!

    • missbudgetbeauty
      27 February, 2013 / 7:46 pm

      thank god! I’m not alone!! lol

  24. Sophie Gillam
    1 March, 2013 / 2:50 pm

    I wax my legs as I find shaving my legs causes lots of little cuts no matter what I do differently to stop it, its so annoying and can be really sore. Waxing i found it painful to start with but so much easier as it last 4-6 Weeks depends on the hair growth. I guess it depends on if you have time and how much pain you can handle. 🙂 x

  25. 2 March, 2013 / 2:13 pm

    I shave my legs, underarms and other bits everyday more or less! I also do not use anything and just do it while I am in the bath or shower. Doesn’t irritate or dry out my skin and I have been doing it for years. So you are not alone 🙂

  26. 3 March, 2013 / 12:22 am

    I’m an every third day shaver. I would shave everyday if I could be bothered to moisturize every day, I just hate the drying time, I like to be out the bath and dressed in as little time as possible so moisturizing every day would just bore me. I have been known to leave my legs a good few weeks during the winter, when the hair gets past the horrible stubbly stage It doesn’t bother me but in the spring and summer I wear 3/4 length gym trousers to work out every other day so I can hardly leave them more than three days.

    I do on the other hand shave my arm pits every day, I don’t feel clean if I don’t and feel I would start to smell lol. I know that’s silly because a hairy person is not a smelly person, Its just something I’m paranoid about.

  27. Nicky
    3 March, 2013 / 8:55 am

    Not as often as I should but probably two or three times a week. My partner would like me to do them every day as he hates “prickly” legs and I guess as he shaves pretty much every day it’s not too big an ask! My friend shaves her legs every day in the shower so you’re not alone! Love the vids/blog/tips etc. As a women in my 40’s (just) I’ve learned loads from you so thank you.

  28. Courtney
    7 March, 2013 / 1:51 am

    I shave every to every other day, I can’t stand stubble either, but one thing that I’d really love to try is the tria beauty hair removal laser (http://www.triabeauty.com/home-laser-hair-removal). I’ve read some really good reviews and it’s cheaper than getting it done professionally, but it’s still out of my budget!

    • missbudgetbeauty
      7 March, 2013 / 9:05 pm

      Yes!!! I’ve seriously considered this type of thing too

  29. 7 March, 2013 / 10:01 am

    Personally I like my epilator. It hurts at first but the more you do it, the less rooted in the hair gets and it hardly hurts at all now – I epilate my legs and underarms – not brave enough to do my bikini line though. I reckon I epilate once a week, maybe even less.

  30. Rachel
    14 March, 2013 / 9:27 pm

    I’ve been very bad when it comes to shaving my legs. I guess because I wear trousers everyday it never really occurred to me to do it all the time. When I was in uni halls I don’t think I ever did as we only had a shower so I thought hopping around trying to shave wouldn’t be a good idea.

    Now we have a bath in my house so I usually do it once a week. However I’ve begun to epilate now as the results of shaving to me seem to be lasting less and because it’s a dry one I don’t have to only do it when I’m in the bath. I don’t find it really hurts at all, but then I waxed them myself for my wedding and that didn’t bother either XD.

  31. 1 May, 2013 / 2:54 pm

    That takes commitment! I’m in the group of super lazy groomers – I don’t shave in the winter unless I have to. In the summer, I shave when I need to. Fortunately, my hair regrowth has slowed and thinned over the years so I can get away with small touch ups over a week or two. But, just like you, I can stubble within a day (TMI? Hope no guy is reading this haha), but I don’t have the guts to epilate or wax (ouch!)

  32. Beckie
    24 February, 2014 / 7:36 am

    I’m ‘lucky’ enough to say my husband works away from home… He isn’t here three weeks at a time, so I get a two week break from bothering. And yes I take advantage of it.

  33. Dorie M
    9 March, 2014 / 8:57 am

    I used to shave my legs once a week and underarms every day. About 2008 I was diagnosed as mentally ill. I have not worked since this time. I nair or veet my lower legs maybe every 6 months ( I only wear jeans) if I go swimming or waterpark I make sure I nair or veet again. I shave my underarms twice a month. I would love laser hair removal yet can not afford it.

  34. 3 June, 2014 / 8:46 am

    Not one of my favourite things to do but it’s certainly got a lot better with my epilator! Although it hurts the first couple of times it does (honestly!) get better!! 🙂

  35. Kim F
    7 July, 2014 / 4:26 pm

    My friend who owns a salon gave me some great FYI. To moisturize your legs before and after shaving use a hair conditioner. This works really well.

  36. Mel
    4 October, 2014 / 9:35 pm

    Ok. I do use an epilator but it’s because I waxed my legs first which made my hair finer or something. If you wax your hair professionally for a couple of months or more then you will be able to use an epilator and it won’t hurt that bad. I use mine once every 10 days or so and I don’t get bumps at all but I do need to moisturize more. I hope this helps. The epilator is really great if you do go through waxing first, at least that is my experience! 🙂

  37. Cendy
    27 March, 2015 / 4:10 pm

    First, when you are in the shower, wet your legs as much as possible (better to take a long bath the night before you go out – so the skin can take a break overnight) , then in the shower or bath do a good leg massage with a granulated scrub or a shaving gel, shave the legs and then when you are finished with the shower or bath, rinse the legs with very cold water for about 10 to 15 minutes – your shaved legs will stay in better conditions for about 4 to 5 days (because the pores on your legs will close and rest overnight), and just moisture them every day for those 4 days with a good after shave lotion for legs or a simple good moisture body lotion 🙂 That’s my solution for the spring and summer good looking shaved legs hehe

  38. Laura Cox
    26 August, 2016 / 10:57 pm

    I used to shave every morning in the shower, I’m 45 and have them dark hair EVERYWHERE. This summer I discovered exfoliation mitts in Superglue and they are absolutely brilliant. I still shave my pints in the shower and the ‘lady garden’ but the legs get done out in the garden with a glass of wine. It takes about half an hour or so but circular movements with the mitt take off the hair and leave my skin super smooth for over a week. It’s just fabulous and the hair comes back much finer each time. Haven’t tried it anywhere else but definitely give it a go on your legs. I paint my toes afterwards as well so it’s a bit of ‘me’ time.

  39. Laura Cox
    26 August, 2016 / 10:59 pm

    *That’s Superdrug UK, Superglue would seriously hurt!!!

    • Pete
      28 August, 2016 / 9:50 am

      I DID wonder about superglue..LOL

  40. xxxxclairexxxx
    11 September, 2016 / 1:18 am

    Since biting the bullet and getting the Philips Lumea it’s about once every ten days. Weirdly it improved the look of the skin on my legs too.

    • missbudgetbeauty
      11 September, 2016 / 9:28 am

      really? I have a laser thing and I found it did make a difference just not enough to keep using it as it takes so long

  41. Rebecca Widnall
    11 September, 2016 / 6:31 am

    Probably about once a week! Althoufh i could probably do with 2/3 times a week!! Im lazy and cant be bothered and i hate moisturising but as i get older and approaching 30 im trying to take more care of myself so shaven mousturised legs may happen lol

    • missbudgetbeauty
      11 September, 2016 / 9:29 am

      haha I totally relate to that, I’m much more diligent about looking after my neck and chest in my 30s lmao

  42. Kay
    11 September, 2016 / 3:31 pm

    Daily – and I get a ‘five o’clock shadow’ on my legs/armpits so can’t leave for two days. I’ve just accepted it as part of the way my body is. 🙂

  43. 11 September, 2016 / 3:44 pm

    Listen to you 30-somethings proclaiming senior citizenship! Hahaha! ;0) I’m a 50-something who shaves my legs about 2-3 times a week now…In my 20s-30s, I shaved every day! These days, I don’t bother with shave gel or whatever in my shower-only bathroom; but, I do a more thorough secondary shave with my scented body lotion post shower – it seems to last longer, too. If I’m REALLY pressed for time, I’ll skip the shave in the shower, and only use my post-shower body lotion shave.

    I have recently read about a “natural” hair removing technique using baking soda and coffee grounds mixed into a paste, which is supposed to buff away hair as it removes. Has anyone tried this method? Does it actually WORK?

  44. anisah ahmad
    11 September, 2016 / 3:58 pm

    Like you I was shaving daily to the point that it became an obsession, then I went and had laser hair removal with Sk;n. Best thing I ever did 8 sessions 6 weeks apart, expensive and painful but oh so worth the money, I now literally have no hair on my body and any that I do have I zap away with my Panasonic at home laser. I wouldn’t recommend the at home laser for people who have never had it done before as its just not as powerful, but effective for zapping away the few that inevitably come back

    • Pete
      12 September, 2016 / 10:16 am

      Laser treatment is the ultimate but expensive solution for sure!
      I wish I could afford it too!
      But for those that shave…. use hair conditioner as the lubrication and its a LOT easier and the results are smooth skin.

  45. 11 September, 2016 / 4:11 pm

    Hahaha! Listen to all you 30-somethings proclaiming “senior citizenship”! ;0} I’m a 50-something who shaves my legs about 2-3 times per week these days. In my 20s – 30s, I shaved them daily, sometimes even twice a day! OMG!

    I haven’t used shave gel or anything for donkeys years – I have a shower-only bathroom. But, I do a second post-shower shave with my scented body lotion to cover anything I missed in the shower. I’ve found that shaving with body lotion achieves smoother, longer-lasting results…

    I have sensitive skin, so I can’t use chemicals of any kind – about 20 years ago, I tried “Silki-Mitts”, which are, basically, glorified bits of sandpaper (for legs) that left me with seriously dry, chapped skin and what can best be described as “sandpaper burn”. Well…that was unfortunate. Haha!

    Recently, I read about a “natural” hair removal method using only baking soda and coffee grounds mixed into a paste – using circular buffing movements with your fingers, it’s supposed to gently remove unwanted hair for up to a week. I’ve not tried this myself…yet. Has anyone tried it? Does it actually WORK?

  46. T shaw
    11 September, 2016 / 4:56 pm

    I’m more concerned about my Lady garden hair removal….
    I’m easily irritated by shaving and often find I’m sore and spotty after hair removal.
    I tried a salon wax once…never again lol.

    • Pete
      12 September, 2016 / 10:19 am

      I have been shaving ALL body hair from nose to toes!
      I find that using hair conditioner is a great lubrication for the “Lady Garden” ( pubic area). It leaves the skin soft and smooth after shaving.

  47. 14 September, 2016 / 12:52 am

    Don’t worry girl, I am the SAME way. I shave practically everyday because I have black hair it’s so easy to see! When I remember, I do like the epilate because I can go much longer without shaving or epilating again. I haven’t really had a problem when it came to shaving everyday and I moisturize my skin as often as I can since I have naturally dry skin & eczema (sorry if it’s TMI LOL!)

    thesixthdisneyprincess.blogspot.com

    • missbudgetbeauty
      14 September, 2016 / 9:49 am

      I love my epilator but use it more to maintain my bikini line than for my legs.. now THAT’S TMI 😉

      • Pete
        14 September, 2016 / 1:38 pm

        There is never TMI!

  48. 28 September, 2016 / 10:32 am

    I too am someone that NEEDS to shave my legs every day and when speaking to people, they always seem horrified when I tell them this. I can’t stand the feeling of the itchy-stubble growing back and I agree how you feel, I just don’t feel fresh and clean when my legs are stubbly.

    I have tried epilating my legs, it hurts like a bitch but does get easier the more you do it. I haven’t looked back since doing this either! I would seriously recommend it. I don’t have to shave or do it again for about 3-4 weeks, I honestly love it. It does get easier the more you do it, the hairs don’t grow back half as thick as what they do when shaving so when they are growing back, it’s not itchy and isn’t as “sharp” either.

    Loved the blog post!!! xx

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