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Do you remember the first time you decided to shave your legs?
I do. I ended up slicing a big chunk of skin off my ankle bone. It bled like crazy! I thought it would make me more grown up to shave but I really had no idea what I was doing. After that fun first experience I decided to wait a bit longer. Apparently 89% of girls attempt shaving for the first time without permission. shave
I remember thinking that after the first time, I would never be able to stop because my hair would grow back in darker and thicker. I didn’t realize this was a myth. Now I know that shaving changes the shape at the tip so it might seem to be different but the only thing that determines the kind of hair you have growing out of your legs is your DNA. With so many shaving myths out there, it can be hard to know fact vs. fiction. Check out more advice at www.gillettevenus.ca.
In highschool I worked with the men’s department of an international beauty company and was trained to shave men in public as part of a sales promotion. For a teen who is just a newbie to shaving that was nerve wracking but I picked up some awesome pro tips. Many years later I was prepared to be a resource for my daughter when she decided it was time to start the process – and the tips I gave her I think have helped make her life easier and less painful than it could have been.
Here is my advice to my daughter and any new leg shavers:
First: Shave during or after you have a bath or shower. This softens the hairs on your legs and makes them easier to shave. I also recommend exfoliating so any dead skin is removed and the hairs are all standing up straight – making them easier to reach. It also causes your skin to be smoother and less bumpy therefore less bleeding.
Second: Use a shave cream or gel. I find that adding lubrication to the leg reduces red razor burn after. Plus it helps the hairs stand up so they are easier to shave off. We tried the Venus Violet Swirl shave gel and it is very easy to spread on your skin, smells great and makes the blades slide over your skin very easily.
Third: Be cool! Don’t freak out, this is easy. Hold the razor gently in your hand and lightly move it across your skin. You may have heard people say to go in the opposite direction of the hair growth – that generally means go up since leg hair usually grows down. Do not press down – especially on the curvy bits like your ankles or knees.
Go over an area more than once if you need to. When I started shaving with a single blade a bazillion years ago I had to do this but nowadays if you use a razor like the Venus Swirl, you have 5 blades working for you with each pass and the FLEXIBALL™ technology makes it super easy to have a flawless shave the first time around. It is so much quicker and easier now – like the internet replaced snail mail, the Venus Swirl has replaced my old single blade. I also like the handle on this razor – it is ergonomically designed so you can easily hold and maneuver it over the tricky areas. Remember to rinse the razor as you go
Fourth: Lubricate. The Venus Swirl comes with a lubricant called the Moisture Glide Serum on the blades. This not only helps the blade move smoothly over your skin but it also helps with the actual moisturizing too. I find when I use this razor I don’t need to apply as much lotion after shaving.
Fifth: Rinse your razor after use in cool water and pat dry. I have read that rubbing your blades on a piece of denim in the opposite direction than you shave helps it last longer. Depending on your hair coarseness you should be able to use the same blade 5 to 10 times. Use a clean, sharp blade every time and never share razors!
Regardless of when this particular topic comes up, I hope you enjoy your ‘shaving chat’ with your daughter. Start a new tradition that she can tell her daughter about one day when she recounts ‘the talk’ she had with her mum. After all, we all remember our first time!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gillette Venus for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.