Wednesday 11 October 2023

Chilly days, cosy blankets, and unshaved legs.

 I love this time of year and over the winter when I can go weeks and maybe even more without shaving my legs. I'm all for self care and feeling confident in my skin but there's something about the whole shaving routine that just rubs me the wrong way (the pun is totally intended!) and it feels such a chore at this time of year. No one see's my legs apart from me and Stu and he doesn't really care, he can see past the hair.

Shaving legs

Shaving our legs can feel like an Olympic sport. First, there's the preparation exfoliating, lathering up with some sort of shaving cream and making sure you have a sharp razor ready to go. Then comes the actual act of shaving, which requires contorting your body into all sorts of awkward positions to make sure you don't miss a spot. Let's not even mention the aftermath the inevitable nicks and cuts that turn the bathroom into a crime scene. Even using the crystal epilators that I use over the summer feels like a chore. It's a whole production and who has time for that? I sure don't and that's why over the colder months I just let things go. With the time that I am not shaving my legs I can have an extra 10 minutes in my cosy bed, enjoy a hot chocolate or just soak in the bath without the bother of having to shave.

Of course after the shaving there is the itchy regrowth phase which doesn't feel so bad in the summer when I'm wearing shorts or cropped trousers. It's a special kind of torture at this time of year when I have leggings or trousers on. I always have a few days when my legs feel like cacti and I find myself resisting the urge to scratch at them like a dog with fleas. 

Body hair is completely natural. It's not something we should be ashamed of or feel like we need constantly get rid of. Choosing not to shave during the colder months is about embracing the freedom to decide what feels right for my body. It's not a rejection of self care it's more a choice to prioritise comfort. Winter is known for drying out our skin so giving my legs a break from the shaving and lotions can only be a good thing.

I'm waving goodbye to the razor and saying hello to being natural, well over the Autumn and winter months anyway. 

Do you shave your legs less over the colder months?


  1. I never used to shave much in the winter months, maybe just before Christmas if I was planning on wearing a dress. xx

  2. I'm sooooooooo with you about not shaving legs through autumn and winter.

  3. During the summer sometimes I get a little lazy about shaving my legs. But I always know that when the kids at preschool start to rub their hands up and down my leg as a sensory experience while I'm trying to read them a story. Then I know it's definitely time to shave!

  4. I live in trousers including over the summer, so tbh I only shave my legs when they get too hairy in the summer, or I'm going swimming or on the odd occasion I wear shorts. But definitely not in winter. It would mean getting up earlier to spend the extra time in the shower.