Around this time of the year, I start to see lots of memes popping up about hairy legs and letting our pamper routines fall by the wayside over the winter months. Theres nothing wrong with that at all, hey, its our bodies and we have the right to be as hairy or hair free as we like.
I’m personally of hair free persuasion all year round; aside from my head and brows, I like to be as hair-free as possible. Being hair free makes me feel cleaner, more perfected and ready for any outfit be it a bikini on a last minute holiday, my swimming costume for aqua fit or a dress for a night out.
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Ever the beauty buff, I’ve tried loads of different hair removal products and techniques. While I’m always up for trying out more, I’ve really got my routine down to a fine art.
For my intimate area, I don’t mess around; I go the full Hollywood at The Waxing Room in Sunderland. Clair is Kim Lawless trained and the best around!
For everything else on my body, I use a combination of shaving and hair removal cream.
It all starts in the shower with a good exfoliation. I like to leave my skin product free when I’m shaving so that my razor isn’t clogged up with excess oils. Instead, I use the Soap and Glory Scrub Gloves to exfoliate my body. They might be a little more expensive than other exfoliating gloves out there but they do the best job which is why I’ve been repurchasing them for years; I think its the way that they’re textured as they have little bobbly bits on and they’re thicker than the other exfoliating gloves that I’ve seen too.
After a quick rinse under the running water, I pop these gloves on, add a little shower gel and get scrubbing all over my body in circular motions. They really great at sloughing away the dead skin and leaving my body feeling super clean and smooth.
For the actual hair removal, my go-to brand for YEARS now is Nair. I’ve reviewed their products in countless posts like this one all about my favourite hair removal products and this one all about upper lip hair removal but in todays post, I’m going to share with you another fave and thats the Nair Cleanse and Shave Triple Action Cream.
I love my underarms and legs to be smooth and hair free at all times so I’ll run over my lower legs with a razor up to just above my knee every three or four days to keep them silky smooth and my underarms more or less every time I shower. Granted shaving doesn’t last as long as other hair removal methods but its quick and easy to do when I’m in the shower and it enables me to keep on top of my hair removal routine.
The new Nair Cleanse and Shave Triple Action Cream is really easy to use and makes shaving my legs comfortable and pain free as it reduces friction, ensuring that the razor can glide over my skin, cutting the hairs rather than me! To apply, I simply smooth the creamy gel like consistency onto my skin and shave off, its really that easy. It doesn’t burn or irritate my skin and I get the really close shave that I love with it. Using a shaving gel, foam or cream is important so that the hair doesn’t clog up the razor and when I’m using one as swish as the Friction Free Shaving razor, I don’t want to do that!
If you don’t know about Friction Free Shaving then get to know because they’re a seriously awesome company; a razor subscription service designed to keep you fully stocked with a fresh razor each week.
Signing up is easy; you receive your chosen razor plus enough razor heads for a month and then on a monthly basis, Friction Free Shaving send out 4 German-engineered razor refills so that you can shave with a fresh one each week. The razor and the heads are superb quality; I was thinking they wouldn’t be up to much with being disposable but they’re far from it.
There’s several different ones to choose from, I have the rose gold one which is the world’s first metal razor that has been designed especially for women. The razor handle is weighted to give you the best feeling of control and comfort while shaving and it has a full 90-degree pivot head which enables it to move to fit the body’s curves and contours. The gorgeous rose gold finish is chrome plated to prevent it from rusting and it’s even engraved with my name on it, now that’s swanky!
The Rose razor has a lubricating Vitamin E strip and 6 stainless steel blades that are diamond coated to help the razor to glide effortlessly across the skin without tugging, cutting it or causing razor burn. Theres even a styling bikini blade thats built into the back of the cartridge to tidy up any hairs that you’re looking to keep; for me this isn’t necessary but it is great if you’re wanting more precision.
I cannot recommend Friction Free Shaving more highly. Aside from the great idea of having fresh razors delivered on a monthly basis, they’re actually the best razors for women that I’ve used. Up until I tried them, I was actually using a mans razor because I felt as though they were so much better than all of the women’s ones that I’d tried. All of the points above with regards to the design of the razor are things that I’ve come to find are essential and its only when you go from using really bad, poorly designed one to an awesome one that you really see the difference! Using Friction Free Shaving has given me the closest, smoothest, most comfortable shaving result I’ve ever had from a women’s razor.
I also shave my arms too which I’m sure some of you may find a little strange as I’ve had some raised eyebrows when I’ve mentioned it amongst friends before. I’d always been aware that my arms were really hairy and it wasn’t something that I particularly fond of on myself. My hair was too fair for laser hair removal to be effective and I’d tried bleaching the hair but I wasn’t to impressed with the results. I had so many people telling me stories about arm shaving and that it shouldn’t be done but then I saw a video from Nikki Phillippi and she talked about how she shaved hers and one day I just thought, stuff it and shaved them. I’ve never looked back. The hair grows back slowly, its not darker or thicker or any of these rubbish horror stories that you hear. They’re just smooth and soft; I feel so confident about my arms now!
The Friction Free Shaving service itself is affordable in my opinion as the razors start from £5 a month. The one that I have is £9 a month and there’s also the option of adding on complimenting products such as a pre shave scrub, shaving cream and a post shave balm which can be sent out on a monthly basis too to keep you fully stocked. I haven’t tried these but I do use a post shave balm from Nair.
For my upper legs, I always use a Nair hair removal cream. I’ve used so many different ones over the years as they have lots of variations but always from the same brand, Nair. I tried a different brand (the rival!) when I was a teenager and then again when I was gifted a tube as a blogger years ago and it left me with with sore, blotchy skin that felt burned on both occasions so I never deviate from Nair anymore. If its not broke- don’t fix it!
The one I’ve photographed here is the Nair Hair Remover Nourish Natural Argan Oil Shower Power Cream. I love the shower power formulation the most because it stays on my skin while I shower until I scrape it off with the spatula or buff it off with a shower lily. Using hair removal cream on my upper legs is so much easier for me as I can sometimes struggle to twist and reach to the backs and sides of my thighs when shaving, plus since its a large area, using the cream is quicker.
Using the Nair cream (available from Superdrug and Boots) means that all of the hair is taken care off in a quick and pain free way, leaving my skin smooth and free from irritation. The hair on my thighs grows more slowly than on my lower leg, or so I find, so I tend to do this step once every 1.5 to 2 weeks and I find that that’s sufficient for me. If shaving or hair removal cream isn’t for you then you could try using an epilator, learn more from Wife Knows.
After shaving and using the hair removal cream, I use the Nair Post Hair Removal Balm. I smooth it onto my skin after shaving, concentrating on the areas that tend to be more sensitive or where the skin is rough like the front and back of my knees. It calms the skin, minimises the risk of ingrown hairs, which also makes it great to use after a wax too and it moisturises the skin too. I’ve found it particularly good for my underarms as the skin there seems to be drier than elsewhere on my body, presumably due to the use of deodorant.
Now all I need is for the weather to warm up so that I can get my legs out more often as at the moment, the only time they’re on show is when I go swimming… hurry up summer!
How do you remove your body hair? What is your routine?