Shaving your arms and legs is not as bad as it is made out to be. If that were so, then all the men who shave would have very bad skin. Shaving if done the right way can actually be easier on your pocket. It is the fastest and the easiest way to remove body hair. It is also a great alternative when you do not have time to visit your beauty parlour for waxing or you are out of town and need to look and feel smooth.
It is a myth that shaving alters the size of the hair making it thicker. Shaving cuts the hair from the surface of the skin and does not affect the follicles. But regrowth may feel coarse to the touch due to the shape of the tip of the hair. If you let your hair grow back, it will return to its previous texture.
To get an effective shaving result always wet your skin before shaving and use a shaving gel. This will hydrate the hair and make it easier to cut. To get a smooth shave go in the opposite direction of the hair growth. In areas like underarms and bikini line pull your skin slightly to stretch the area and then shave. Post shave use a generous amount of moisturiser to hydrate your skin and reduce dryness. It is good idea to shave at night since your skin will get time to recover if any redness occurs and moisturisers will get more time to soak into the body.
Avoid using deodorants immediately after shaving since this can irritate your skin. Also shaving helps in exfoliating dead skin layer leaving a smooth skin. The downside is that since it cuts hair above the surface so regrowth is faster and the bare smooth feeling is temporary, so you actually have to shave every alternate day depending on your growth rate.