Shaving can be both the best and also one of the worst parts of your personal grooming. On the one hand, it’s a complete hassle. During the colder months of the year, most of us girls just cannot be bothered with it. I mean it’s too cold to get my legs out for anything at the moment, which is why I’m throwing it back to Summer with this picture instead! Despite the hassle of having to shave regularly in the Summer to keep your legs looking and feeling satin smooth, there really is nothing better than that freshly shaved feeling. Once you’ve done it, you feel so relieved. Especially when you’ve just had a bath and you climb into a bed with fresh sheets. Aaaah, absolute heaven.
Same goes for men! I know that some men probably feel a lot more masculine if they don’t shave and grow a beard or have some stubble instead. And for the boys who can’t grow beards, it might make them feel emasculated because one of society’s key defining traits of a man is essentially someone who is hairy. Then you’ve got things like corporate employment regulations dictating that you must shave for work, which was only recently disregarded at my workplace. To all the guys who do this, I really commend you. If my boss told me I had to shave every week for work, I’d probably leave my job because that would be crazy. Even the term clean shaven implies that shaving is an absolute must if you want to look fresh and polished, when it really isn’t!
Personally and I hope I speak for a lot of people out there, I choose to shave as and when I please for my own benefit. Because I feel more comfortable when I’ve shaved my legs, because I feel like sweat won’t linger in the hairs in my armpit if I shave – gross way of putting it I know, but it’s true! In all honesty, I have gone out plenty of times in the Summer with hairs on my legs because I’ve forgotten to/can’t be bothered to shave. That’s just life and it simply depends on how I’m feeling that day! Don’t pretend to be grossed out, we’ve all done it.
Of course there are alternatives to shaving and if you don’t want to shave then you are under no obligation to. I have to throw that in before someone accuses me of promoting unrealistic beauty standards. Alternatives such as hair removal creams work well for sensitive skin or skin that is prone to irritation, which I was told by a dermatologist. Or you could wax/book yourself in for a wax treatment. But when you’re in a rush and you’ve forgotten to get rid of your hairs, shaving is pretty much your only option. It’s also the time you’re probably thinking least about the right way to do it. Below, I’ve selected and gone into detail about a few little tips and tricks that I learned from the guys over at Harry’s. These apply to both men and women and I think you’ll actually be surprised by how many of these things you don’t even realise you do!
Currently I’m using the Gillette Satin Care shave gel and I’m also currently using their Simply Venus 3 blade razors. For men, I would recommend checking out the products on the Harry’s website. They offer a subscription service, have shaving starter sets, supplies, accessories for your razors and even skincare products to compliment your shave. Or, if you’re just looking for something different to get your partner as a late Valentine’s Day gift or an anniversary or birthday gift, then it might be worth checking out their products too. We all know how hard it is to buy anything for boys…
Disclaimer: No there is not a typo in the title, it’s just a fun play on words!