Hitting puberty can be compared to taking a class by yourself with no teacher, no textbook and no schedule. Then again, you have grownups, older siblings and your BFFs —not to mention your friends here at BG —to give you the info and support you need, so you never have to feel alone or uninformed especially during your first time shaving! One test you'll face pretty early on is body hair: hairy legs, hairy pits, and bikini spiders (the hair "down there" that sticks out of your swimsuit), for starters. Just print out this handy list, grab your BFF, and head to the store before your first time shaving. 1. SHAVE GEL: Prepare your skin Shaving takes off layers of old skin along with your leg hair, so it's important to keep your legs moist to avoid cuts, burns, or nicks. Shave gel keeps your legs soft and silky, and with loads of scents and textures to choose from, you can have fun trying them all and seeing what you like best. Some girls pick a fragrance and make it their signature scent. Others change scents and textures with the seasons. Still others keep a few on hand to suit their moods. If you're shopping with a friend, pick out your faves together and trade to maximize your options.
Choosing a shave gel is as easy as picking your favorite fragrance and giving your skin what it needs. There are special gels for dry skin, sensitive skin, and skin that needs a little TLC. For first time shaving, try the fabulous aromatherapy line from Satin Care by Gillette, and decide whether you want to feel fun and fruity, cool and breezy, fresh and clean, or relaxed and dreamy. No matter which scent you choose, using a shave gel will help you care for your skin and keep it radiant and smooth with every shave. 2. Pick a razor, (not just any) razor: A REFILLABLE RAZOR For soft, silky legs, not just any razor will do. Just say "no" to unisex or men's razors, which don't hug the curves and contours of your body. Disposables are okay for on-the-go shaves and travel, but at home, refillable razors rock. The no-slip grip on the handles is super helpful in a slippery tub or shower, and you're doing your part for Mother Nature by throwing out only the head, not the whole razor. Most refillables come with a shower organizer for convenient and easy access. There are lots of different styles to choose from, depending on what you're looking for.
Extra smooth: New Gillette Venus Embrace features five blades and a protective ribbon of moisture for super silky-smooth skin.
Extra quick: Gillette Venus Breeze razors have shave gel built right in for a quick, no-mess shave.
Extra comfortable: Gillette Venus Divine has three moisture strips for lubricating your skin and a special pivoting head to get around tricky curves.
Extra convenient: the original Venus gives a close, comfy shave and has an indicator strip telling you when it's time to change your blade. 3. Plan ahead: REFILLS Once you choose your razor for first time shaving, grab a refill pack or two so you'll always have a backup stash. Never shave with a dull or damaged blade. You're better off wearing long pants than risking cuts or razor burn, but even better, keep a stash of extra blades on hand so you'll always be free to bare your legs when the situation calls for it. Venus razors come with shower organizers that store extra refills so you're never without a fresh blade.
4. Seal the deal: MOISTURIZER Hydrate your skin and lock in moisture after a shave. That extra layer seals and protects your skin, keeping it healthy, shiny and beautiful. For first time shaving choose a body moisturizer, like Olay ® Quench, that goes on easily, smells good, and feels great on your skin. Use it after a shave or all over after a shower or bath, and say goodbye to itchy dry patches and blotchy skin. It's good to choose a moisturizer based on the season: you can get UV protection with soothing aloe for summer sun or extra rich moisture for fighting winter dryness.
Bottom line: Shaving doesn't have to be about just removing unwanted body hair. It can be an opportunity to pamper yourself, take care of your skin, and look and feel great!
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