The secret to soft, smooth legs is skipping shaving cream

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If you shave your body hair, chances are you use shaving cream to do it. But there’s actually an option out there that’s even better for your skin, especially if it’s dry and particularly sensitive. Shower oil is a product created to be an ultra-hydrating follow-up to body wash — but it can also make a killer base for shaving.

L’Occitane’s Almond Shower Oil is one of the most popular brands of shower oil, and has been the shaving secret of the beauty community for years. When the oil comes in contact with water, it transforms into a light foam. The oil-based natural moisturizer helps prevent razor burn when shaving, acting as a lubricant and barrier on the skin. In turn, this allows users to remove hair while also preventing shaving-related skin trauma like nicks, cuts and irritation.

Just lather it on your legs, shave and experience the noticeable difference.

Shop: L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil, $25

Credit: L’Occitane

I’ve long used L’Occitane’s Almond Shower Oil after a beauty pro recommended it to me years ago. A standard-size 16 ounce bottle usually lasts me two to three months, proving the product goes a long way. Plus, the oil provides all-important moisture and soothing properties for my sensitive skin.

Notably, the oil also doesn’t clog razors, as many oil-based shaving products do. Given its soapy properties, it flows through blades rather than coagulating into a thick oily goop on contact.

But you don’t only have to take my recommendation. The oil has more than 50,000 likes on Sephora, with more than 1,000 5-star written reviews.

“My holy grail when shaving my legs,” one Sephora reviewer writes. “I’ve loved this product since I purchased the small travel size. I’ve been back twice for the full-sized bottle. When it hits wet skin, it turns into a creamy, moisturizing, fine ‘soapy’ product that makes shaving your legs 1,000 times better than soap or shower gel.”

Another reviewer adds, “A little goes a long way with this stuff, so don’t be too concerned with the price. The smell is amazing. It makes a great alternative to shave cream. It’s luscious.”

Glad we’re all in agreement here.

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