During bikini season, nobody wants to deal with red, splotchy bumps caused by shaving. But the good news is that these bumps, aka pseudofolliculitis barbae, can be avoided. If you're looking for smooth skin with irritation-free results, we've got the answers. Check them out when you read more
I once briefly dated an mall-emo boy who was very particular about the hair on his head — had to be dark and just so as it fell into his eyes — but who was even more particular about his body hair. As in, he couldn't stand having any. Homeboy shaved his legs and his arms, and he was almost always a bit stubbly.
It kind of weirded me out.
So, I thought of him as soon as I saw The Swerve, touted as the "first full-body groomtool." It's a razor meant to help dudes defuzz their hairy backs and chests. The ergonomic design is supposed to be easier to maneuver than a normal razor, which makes me think that it could be useful for my own leg-shaving needs. Then again, my regular razor does the job, so perhaps I'll leave the Swervin' to Mr. No-hair. Would you try this out, or would you foist it upon a man in your life?
If you're dying to see a computer-generated demo of the back-shaving in action, read more
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
For anyone who has ever nicked themselves shaving or has gotten raised, red razor bumps from shaving, you know it can be uncomfortable (even painful) and remain irritated for days. I learned about an inexpensive and easy fast DIY fix to help reduce redness, inflammation and the pain.
Simply apply a wet tea bag to the area and let it sit for a few minutes. The tea's tannic acid is the active ingredient that should help relieve the symptoms. Tip: Choose a cheapie brand, since it is likely to contain a higher concentration of tannic acid. Just remember to lay a towel down underneath you, as tannic acid stains.
If you're out of tea bags, then try applying a tea tree oil to the area to fight off infection and help soothe the bumps. Aloe vera and hydrocortisone are other topical remedies that help speed up recovery while cooling the skin and controlling the swelling.
For a few helpful shaving tips to help prevent razor burn, read more
Whish has just released Shave Crave Pump, a new take on its scented shaving lotion. While the new product is similar to the original, I've done my homework to figure out a few of the differences. I've spoken to the peeps at Whish and had them explain what's behind these new slender bottles.
The old shave creams are 6.7 ounces and cost $32 while the new pumps contain five ounces for $24. The formula is more concentrated, therefore it's more moisturizing. Since it is packaged in an easier to use (this I can definitely vouch for) air can as opposed to an aerosol can, it's free of added chemicals like propane and alcohol which tend to dry out the skin.
Also, two new flavors, papaya coconut and blueberry mint (my fave), have been added to both products with the launch of the pump. I personally like most of the scents, but I do find them to be a little difficult to wash off. Have you tried any of them yet? For a description of each of the scents, read more
Inevitably I get confused when it comes to buying razors and period products. There's just too much variety, and I wind up roaming the aisle like a confused, premenstrual, hairy zombie. Eventually I just grab a package that looks vaguely like what I have at home, and if I can't remember what's at home, I get sucked in by the cheapest deal. It is an imprecise science at best.
Last Sunday, after looking around desperately for a Venus razor, I wound up buying Bic Soleil Citron razors because of a special deal that appealed to the cheapskate within: 4 + 2 Bonus En Prime! I like French things, so why not get the razors that come with two more for free, right? Problem was, when I got home, I noticed that the razors are lemon-scented. (Ugh. How do you say, "These don't smell so good" in French?)
As far as their hair-removing capabilities are concerned, these razors work well enough. Compared to the Bics of yesteryear, they shave closely, but not as well as the Venus. Still, despite the good quality for the price, I won't buy them again. While the fake lemon scent isn't overpowering, it's completely superfluous. Who in her right minds sniffs her razor? And why introduce even more smells and chemicals into your grooming routine if you don't need to?
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.
Ahhh, there's nothing quite like the feeling of a clean, close shave. There's something so elegant and dainty about velvety-soft skin. Below is my five-step guide to getting the closest, most intimate shave you've ever experienced. This is one beauty tip you can share with your honey, too!
Does anybody really look forward to shaving their legs? My guess is no. Most women, I suspect, shave because that's what we're used to doing. It's a grooming chore, not something we really look forward to. This got me wondering: If nobody cared one way or the other whether you shaved your legs, would you kick the Bic? Or would you keep shaving?