Can you believe that shaving cream, albeit in primitive form, was used around 5,000 years ago? And there are plenty of reasons we're still using it today — particularly during these warmer months. So to find out a few of the dos and don'ts of this truly old-school cosmetic, just keep reading.
Learn how to make a customized shaving cream that delivers serious hydration. This DIY project is fun, easy to do, and will save you a trip to the store. Plus, it's made with things you already have at home. You'll love it because it smells divine, leaves your legs incredibly soft, and the mason jar is the perfect touch of shabby chic.
Looking to cut a step out of your shaving routine? Eos Shave Cream ($4) might be up your alley, especially if you're a sink-and-razor kind of woman. The formula has aloe and shea butter, so it goes on like a lotion, staying put as you shave. And when you're done, wipe away the remnants with a towel sans water; this shea butter-enriched cream leaves skin well moisturized. No fuss, no nicks, no mess? No question about it: we're loving this shortcut to fuzz-free legs.
I wouldn't say that this is formulated that much differently than any other Gillette women's shave gel, but I do like this one. It lathers up very nicely and it doesn't really smell like much, so if you're not into scented products this one isn't really at all. Whenever I use this I generally don't get any razor burn, which is always a plus. It does its job well. The only complaint I have about this is that it isn't very moisturizing. I feel like I have to put on a ton of lotion after I shave my legs with this stuff.
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The other day, the warm temperatures in downtown San Francisco prompted me to bust out a sleeveless top. As I hopped on an extremely crowded bus with no seats available, I held on to the rubber straps for dear life. "Oh crud, did I remember to shave my pits this morning?" I wondered. The answer was yes, but I did so in a haphazard fashion.
Shaving armpit hair is an annoying task, but using better techniques for more effective results makes it a little more bearable. Check out my tips for a smooth underarm shave when you read more
Kiehl’s "Close Shaverettes" Simply Mahvelous Shave Cream ($15.50) has been around for almost 65 years. And this Spring, the iconic line is relaunching the popular shaving aide in pink packaging — a complete overhaul from the traditional Kiehl's black and white.
To celebrate the new look, the company is holding a truly unique (and leggy) contest. From now until March 15th, pop in to any Kiehl's location or enter online for a chance to win a year's worth of "Close Shaverettes" Simply Mahvelous Legs Shave Cream.
The catch? You have to guess how long (down to the second) it takes Svetlana Pankratova, the record-holding "Woman with the Longest Legs," to shave her 4'4" gams. There will be lots of happy people with this contest, as Kiehl's is picking one winner from each of their stores and one winner from online. The people who come closest to the exact answer will win the goods. What's your best guess?
OK, I confess. I used to use soap as a shaving cream. After less than stellar results — and a rapidly depleting supply of Band-Aids — I've changed my ways.
Lately I've been loving Philosophy Razor Sharp Shaving Gel ($18). It's got much better slip, and it isn't quite as drying as the ol' bar of soap routine. What's your shaving preference?
These shaving creams worked for my dad, and they still work for me. When I began shaving in my early teens, I used these with a single blade razor. Nowadays, I use a four-blade razor for sensitive skin, and these creams work even better without breaking the bank. I’m a firm believer in splurging in some areas and saving in others, and these drugstore brands have never let me down. Do you have a brand preference when it comes to shaving creams?
Edge Advanced Shaving Gel For Sensitive Skin ($3.23) OK, so this isn't the most feminine product that I own, but I've been using this gel-to-cream formula for ages and I love the texture and the masculine scent. Also, this slightly new and improved formula contains aloe to help soothe even the most sensitive skin.
Barbasol Shaving Cream ($2.49) is the one, the original, the very first shaving cream I ever used. Not only did I love using this thick and creamy formula on my legs, but while at Summer camp, I'd write my bunk number on the lawn outside of the mess hall. I was a happy camper.
To check out another one of my favorite shaving creams, read more
Okay, this isn't technically makeup, but since it's still in the beauty genre I thought it was relevant. Hair conditioner and hair masks can also be used as shaving cream. I realize that it doesn't foam or even lather really, but it does create a smooth, slippery surface that helps prevent nicks and scrapes from razor blades.
However, something to keep in mind is that conditioner is a lot heavier than shaving cream — so you've really got to clean out the blades of your razor well to ensure that no oily residue remains for your next shave. For more ideas to get the most from your makeup, click here.