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Shaving Secrets for Sexy Summer Skin

Summer is officially on the horizon, and that means it's time to prep our legs for some serious show time. While I don't like to shave (who does?) I've found two products that make this necessary task as painless as possible: Gillette Foamy Sensitive Skin Shaving Cream and the Gillette Mach3 Razor.

Yup, they're marketed to men, but these two drugstore gems work wonders for ladies who want smooth, silky legs (or underarms, etc.). Gillette Shaving Cream has a rich, creamy lather that spreads easily and rinses clean for a close, comfortable shave. At under $2, it's also cheaper than most women's shaving creams/gels/lotions.

As for the Mach3, I couldn't live without this thing. I've had mine since college (not soo long ago, but long enough). I've tried it all - disposables, Nair, Venus, Sensor - and nothing gives you a better shave, sans nicks or irritation. The blades stay sharp for a ridiculously long time, and when they lose their edge, you simply swap them out (another money saver in the long run!).

So while Gillette may claim to be "the best a man can get," it's, well, the best a budget babe can get, too.

How do you get your legs silky smooth for summer? Share your favorite products, tips and techniques in the comments.

Exfoliate!! Scrub those babies down before shaving. You won't regret it!
#1 Mikele on 2008-05-16 11:11 (Reply)
I agree on the razor, I stole one from my hubby 8 yrs ago. But my favorite shaving aid is cheap conditioner, like Suave. You can get a giant bottle for less than $2 and in a variety of scents. Shaving cream dries my skin out and this is the perfect solution.
#2 Brooke on 2008-05-16 12:27 (Reply)
I agree with Brooke! Inexpensive conditioner serves as a wonderful shaving "cream", but I haven't tried the Gillette cream; I'll have to do that.
#2.1 Katie on 2008-05-16 12:36 (Reply)
I wish I had seen this before I dished out bucks for the Venus Breeze refills. Why are those things so expensive? I always have to lather up before using it too.

I have used my partner's mach3 before and loved it. Thanks for reminding of this!
#3 Psyche (Homepage) on 2008-05-16 12:44 (Reply)
I always use the guys shaving cream and razors They are the best!!
#4 Val on 2008-05-16 13:45 (Reply)
Invest in a man's electric razor, you won't regret it! I get the smoothest shave with no irritation and it takes the same amount of time as shaving with gel & a razor after a little practice.
#5 Nicolle on 2008-05-16 19:03 (Reply)
More info on the electric razor: There are two kinds, foil and rotary. I've only used a rotary myself since I don't know anyone who uses a foil shaver that I can try out. Most electric razors are used on dry skin, though I have seen some wet/dry options out there. I love my electric shaver so much because I am prone to nicks and irritation. I have lighter skin and darker hair so I pretty much had to shave daily, making the irritation worse. I can shave daily with my electric with no irritation. Practice does make perfect when going over the knees and ankle bones because pressing too hard can cause a rash. I don't use my electric razor on anything other than my legs because it is more convenient to use a disposable razor and gel in the shower on my extra sensitive underarms (shaving with the growth to avoid ingrowns/irritation).
#5.1 Nicolle on 2008-05-17 10:26 (Reply)
I have to disagree for maybe the first time, at least for my klutzy ways. If I use anything other that a Silk Effects razor with those tiny wires over the blades for protection, I slice up my bony ankles something fierce. I DO agree however, that women's shaving cream is a rip off:) Heck, most of the time I just use shampoo!
#6 onebrickshy (Homepage) on 2008-05-20 09:54 (Reply)
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