I hate going to parlours or for spa treatments and such. I know this sounds weird (like those people who don’t like chocolate and ice-cream) and you are suspicious of me. Hear me out before you judge me. Every spa treatment I have gone for (there have been 2 or 3 maybe) usually starts with me wondering how am I going to sit quietly for 60 minutes. Then I am tense thinking about how much I should tip. I am also really bad at explaining what I want. All in all, its not a particularly stress free experience. And infact, its quite the opposite.
Also, when I lived in Bombay, I used to tag along with Bidisha whenever she went to the parlour. It was slightly more interesting. She did all the talking and I just sat around and basically, did what I was told. And most importantly, waxing was a lot cheaper in Bombay. In London I feel unless I look like Anil Kapoor (which I don’t) I just cannot justify spending so much money on waxing. So this has led to either waxing at home or shaving. After Satarupa’s suggestion, I have recently taken up shaving.
I started shaving quite recently and decided the best person to take shaving care tips from was someone who shaves everyday. Someone who has shaved almost everyday for the last 10 years or more. So I decided to ask the husband for shaving tips and advice.
Of course most women do not shave everyday but I figured it can’t hurt to take care of your skin as if you do. DJ tells me these are the steps he takes when shaving and I think these are good practices for anyone to follow.
- Shaving Foam: Satarupa has been using the Gillette foam and recommends it quite a bit and Bidisha has also used coconut oil to great success!
- Scrub: A scrub helps clean out pores. Of course, DJ uses a face scrub while this translates to a body scrub for us. Please do some research on scrubs to use – it should do its job but should not be too aggressive. I am currently using a Soap & Glory body scrub which I like quite a bit.
- Razors: DJ changes his razors every week. Of course, that means at least five shaves. So change your razors accordingly as well. This is just good practice – decreases the chance of getting nicked and gets you a closer shave. Please don’t ever use a razor which is rusted! And needless to say, please use razors specifically made for women’s skin.
- Moisturise: The last step here is to soothe and moisturise your skin after a shave. I would really recommend using rose water and once its dries, some moisturiser. And from experience, please don’t use a deodorant or body spray just as you are done shaving!
For some more basic information on shaving and waxing and skincare take a look at Satarupa’s post. Gillette has quite an informative page about this as well – I especially like the ‘Ask The Dermat’ section. It could come in handy if we have still not managed to answer all your questions!
My takeaway from this is that shaving or waxing, whatever you do, skin care must always be top priority. Your success with either method of hair removal depends a lot on your skin care regime and how much your prioritise it. So hope this was helpful. I am off to put on a mask or something – desperate to do some damage control!
This post was written in collaboration with Gillette Venus.