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Saturday, 25 June 2016

Lazy Girl Shaving Hacks

Hannah Barnes

Like any proud lazy girl I very rarely shave my legs. As an exercise reserved soley for special occasions, and visits from the queen (who I hear loves a smooth pair of pins), it’s just not something that bothers me on a day to basis.

I have pretty sensitive skin, so constant shaving would really irritate the pores and to be entirely honest with you, the female shaving and beauty rituals, leave me pretty uncomfortable on the whole. If I shave my legs, I do because I have chosen to, and not as a mindless part of some preordained female toilette.

The problem, though, with being a rather unorganised mess most of the time, is that I very rarely have shaving foam on hand when a special occasion occurs. So, just in case you’ve found yourself in the same muddle – here are some household staples, you can use instead!

Body Wash

Simples! And the laziest, of lazy choices. Providing you’re using a cream based wash, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to shave your hairy bits with the help of your body wash.
Ensure you get a good lather, and continuously reapply before shaving each area – this way you’re forming a protective barrier between your skin and the razor. Then simply, shave away!


This is something suggested by a friend of mine, who obviously doesn’t value her conditioner as much as I do. She specifically mentioned the (very affordable) Alberto Balms range which is available in most supermarkets, but the theory should stretch to most brands.

You’re best of being out of the shower for this, or at least away from the flow of water, as the conditioner doesn’t have much sticking power. Cover the area you are looking to shave pretty liberally, shave and then clean the conditioner from the head of the razor before moving on to the next section.

Body Butter

Body butter is great when used in lieu of shaving cream; whether you’re forced to find an alternative or not. It’s a really luxurious way of defuzzing and will prevent your skin from drying out - so much so that I now much prefer this method, regardless of what’s in the cupboards.

It can get a bit messy, and you’ll want to ensure you don’t waste a whole pot of the expensive stuff, but your legs will be silky smooth and intensely moisturised.

Posh Razor

There are now a variety of razors on the market, which offer you the ability to shave ‘dry’. This is something that you will most likely have to think ahead for, in order to have one around when you need it. Obviously, the razors aren’t completely dry, but instead come with a strip of soapy stuff that lathers as you shave and helps protect your skin.

Up until recently I had a Venus razor of this kind, but I did find that whilst no problems arose on smaller areas; such as my underarms, the small amount of soap the strip is able to distribute wasn’t enough to protect my legs from the dreaded shavers rash….not pretty!

And remember, if you don’t want to shave – you don’t have to! I shave for special occasions because it makes me feel like I’ve made that extra bit of effort, but if you prefer to leave your body hair to flow free in the wind, more power to you!

If you have any great ideas for alternative shaving products, let me know I
in the comments section and we’ll keep the list updated.

Hannah Barnes / Author & Editor

I keep myself busy with my small business; The Loft Gifts, the period poverty charity I run; The Crimson Wave, writing here and for vaious platforms and a growing menagerie of household pets.


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