Summer Smooth | Shaving 411
Ladies (and gents) summer season is closely approaching. This means it’s time to hit the pool, beach, backyard BBQ in shorts, skirts and swimsuits. This is normally the time of year when we all freak out because let’s be honest shaving, waxing, etc during the cold winter months is just not a priority (at least in my world). So I am introducing the Summer Smooth series talking about just that shaving, waxing, and other forms of hair removal. Now if you want to let your hair grow free and wild more power to you, but for those of us that like to be hair free this is for you.
I’ve already discussed waxing (which you can read here) so today we are going to discuss shaving the usual method we all have partaken in at least one in our lives. In fact I would say shaving legs is a right of passage for us girls as I would bet we can all recall the first time we all pulled out that razor and shaved our legs. Mine? I was visiting my cousins house in Montana, while sitting upon the roof of the garage she taught me how to shave with nothing more than water and a razor, yep I went sans soap or any kind of shaving cream which regretted later.
To get the down low on shaving I went straight to the pros, Venus Dermatologist Dr. Jody Levine
MistiMichelle: What is the worst thing someone can do when shaving?
Dr. Jody Levine: Women press too hard and go over the same area several times as an effect of using a dull razor. They think that it is necessary to press repeatedly on the same area in order to get the perfect shave. Putting too much pressure can cause nicks, cuts and irritation. Make sure to use fresh blades with a high-quality razor system like the Venus Swirl. If you’re using the right razor, you’ll find that all you need to do is go over each area once with a light stroke to remove hair properly.
MM: There are so many razors on the markets, what should a girl look for when scouting out a purchase?
JL: If you’re looking for an option that will reach tricky areas without causing nicks and cuts, I recommend the Venus Swirl razor. Using a five-bladed razor will give you a close shave in one stroke, and Venus Swirl features a FLEXIBALL that allows the razor to pivot in multiple ways to maneuver around the curves and contours of your body.
MM: Lots of girls go for the infomercial hair removal solutions, what are the dangers in trying these random products?
JL: When it comes to hair removal, women have so many options and might be curious to test new methods. However, I am a firm believer that wet shaving with an advanced razor is a quick and easy way to help skin stay soft and beautiful while removing hair. A lot of people don’t realize that shaving is actually a gentle form of exfoliation! Plus, it’s inexpensive and convenient—you can do it in the comfort of your own home. Gillette Venus is the first razor designed especially for the way a woman shaves and I think Gillette razors offer really nice options that help make hair removal less of a chore.
MM: Shaving cream or gel, is there really a difference between the two?
JL: Creams traditionally have more moisture than gels, but Venus with a touch of Olay shave gel is especially formulated to have the smooth feel of a gel, with the increased moisture of a cream—so you get the best of both worlds! Shave gel creates a layer between the blade and your skin, allowing razors to glide with ease and protecting you from nicks, cuts and razor burn. Venus with Touch of Olay shave gels not only protect skin, but provide 5x more moisture than Ivory bar soap.
MM: What are some of the biggest misconceptions you’ve read/heard about shaving?
Many women believe shaving causes your hair to grow back thicker, darker or faster. In reality, Hair regrowth is determined by your genetics and hormones. The reason women believe this myth is because as hair grows back, the blunt ends make it seem thicker.
Women also believe that shaving dries out skin, making it appear flaky, Shaving actually helps skin look and feel smooth by exfoliating the top layer of your dead skin. This smoothness is maximized when using a shave gel like Venus with a Touch of Olay and using a moisturizing lotion each night as proper skin maintenance, including following shaving.
Sometimes patients will believe that a new razor blade causes more nicks and cuts than a broken-in razor blade. Quite the contrary. Shaving with an old, dull razor blade may actually result in more nicks and cuts as women often need to push down harder if they’re using a dull blade.
Women also sometimes think that men’s razors will give them a better shave then women’s razors. The technology behind Gillette men’s and women’s razors is the same, but Venus razors are designed just for women (and girls). Venus razor blades individually adjust to hug your natural curves and have a specially designed handle for a great grip to keep it from slipping out of your hand.
MM: What are your tips for first time shavers of the world?
JL: The proper shaving routine is essential in creating good habits for lifelong shaving. First, soak hair in the shower or bath for 2-3 minutes to soften. Then, lather up with a protective shave gel like Venus with a touch of Olay. A good shave gel helps the razor glide easily over your skin, protecting you from potential nicks and cuts. Plus, it helps you keep track of where you’ve shaved to avoid missing any spots. Always use a light touch, don’t press down, and shave legs from the ankles up. For your underarms, shave from all angles—up, down and sideways. And for the bikini area, shave in the direction of hair growth first (inward) and against for an extra-close shave. After shaving, it’s always important to moisturize to keep skin smooth and hydrated.