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Monday, May 11, 2009
In Search of a Smoother Summer
Every now and then I want a new routine. Yes, I am notorious for wanting to try out new products. However, there are some items that I’ve been loyal to for years, changing my purchases only when the item in question was updated by the manufacturer. Case in point? My Gillette razor and Skintimate Shave Gel. I love them both. I change shave gel scents, and I did change over to the new Venus Embrace, but these changes were mostly because I was forced to change. As summer approaches (and as I've moved recently and now have a view of a pool), I've been thinking about different methods of hair removal and thought I'd share!
Deborah Lippmann's Did I Shave My Legs for This?
Honestly, the name alone makes this product worth trying out! This is a shave cream containing their Ayurvedic Complex, which is "a blend of Green Coconut Water and Withania Root Extract exclusively selected in India, which is high in amino acids and vitamins to help restore, rehydrate and nourish skin." So, it contains stuff to help nourish and hydrate your skin. Sounds good to me!
This is a thick white cream, and it is similar in consistency and somewhat in smell to Noxema. Really, that is all I think of when I use it. It does spread easily on my legs and I like that it's a bit thicker than other shave products (like the Philosophy Shaving Cream), which makes it harder to accidentally rinse off in the shower. It does a great job of lubricating for the actual shave process, but I'm not sure that it does a better job of providing a close shave than my usual Skintimate Shave Gel. I've now tried using both on the same day many times and I can't tell the difference. What the Lippmann product does do better than my drugstore shave gel is hydrate. My legs are noticably more hydrated with this product, which I love!
There is one caveat to this product. Do not use it with a razor that includes moisturizing strips. I'm not sure that those little strips do much, but when combined with this product the result was a clogged razor. Over and over. Once I changed out to a blade without moisturizing strips there were no problems.
I already really liked my Gillete Venus Embrace Razor (link here), but recently another one showed up in my mailbox. Honestly, I'm not entirely certain what was different other than that they've made it purple (which I like). I've basically abandoned that other razor (link here to schick), primarily because the Venus has been much easier to repurchase and the Schick's heavier handle is sometime slippery and awkward in the shower.
The worst part of this razor honestly is the moisturizing strips. They interacted with that Lippmann Shave Cream, creating a goopy mess. I switched out to the other razor brand but quickly just resorted to scraping off the moisturizing strip so I could return to my Venus.
Sun Maita’s Threader Kit
A lot of women pay a salon to thread various areas of their body. The results are similar to waxing in terms of how long the hair removal lasts, but threading can more easily remove pretty much any hair you want (even those little blonde hairs that you can't laser off), and I've heard from friends who thread that they have fewer issues with ingrown hairs and redness. Having said all of that, the reason I've never tried threading is that I don't want to keep going back to the salon over and over. I don't have that kind of time. I'd love to learn how to do something like that at home (really? You just need some string? Sign me up!), except that the angles used by professionals are pretty hard to duplicate at home.
You can buy this handy little kit ($150 gets you the threader, different lotions, chalk, 24 sets of replacement threads and an instruction book), and do it at home. You could thread every day without stepping foot in a salon! Replacement threads can be purchased as well. I haven't tried it out yet, but I have my eye on this product!
I've been waiting years for a product like this to come out. Truly, I have. What is it? At home laser hair removal!
I believe there are a few products similar to this being released this year, but this is the only one that has been FDA approved. Apparently it has a sensor in it that ensures that you have the appropriate skin type for use, which basically means light skin and ideally that is paired with brown or black hair. The pigmentation difference is what really allows the hair to be targetted. The device requires multiple uses (similar to at the doctor's office, which does require multiple visits) and while there are 5 settings only the lowest setting is available to the consumer without being reset by a professional.
This will be available for $499 this spring only at Sephora. Which, is actually quite a bit less than most laser hair removal series in a physician's office. Let me know if you've tried it out!