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Kristin Booker • April 17, 2014

Sponsored: The Benefits of Shaving

This article originally appeared on the Gillette Venus website a bit ago. Even though the content is about shaving in winter, I still think the benefits of shaving are relevant to ALL seasons, especially since the weather can’t seem to make its mind right now. Although this post was sponsored, the opinions expressed within are strictly my own.

About the moment the mercury starts to drop, you can hear many women start to mull over The Big Question. The Big Question isn’t if you should go home for the holidays or even what to wear to the office holiday party. No, The Big Question is this: do you shave in the winter or not?

It’s so easy to think about skipping the razor during the colder months: no one will really see your bare legs and bikini line, so why not just skip it? Ah, but there are so many facts you need to know to get the most from your shave in the winter, gals; so many reasons to shave those legs and bikini area all year long. I Here’s my top 10:.

It all starts with the right razor – and the Gillette Venus & Olay razor is the best tool for the job: multiple, spring-mounted blades for a close shave that hugs every curve without nicking, skin-loving Olay ingredients in the moisture bars helps lock-in moisture for less dryness a handle that’s meant to fit your hand, and a design that’s meant to handle your curves with expert precision: it’s quite simply the best tool to handle the job.

Your skin should be as damp as possible – This is important all year long, but since skin is prone to dryness in the winter, you’ll want to add as much hydration as possible to your skin, so lather up in the bath or shower for a minute or two before you head for the hair removal. The more saturated your skin and body hair can get, the smoother and easier the shave.

Go for warm water, not hot – Even though you may have come in from the freezing cold, scalding hot water isn’t the right answer to warming up the right way. The hotter the water, the more likely it is to strip your skin of essential oils and moisture, leaving your skin drier than before. Lukewarm-to-warm water is a better solution and it will raise your body temperature without stripping your skin.

Never underestimate the power of a good shaving lotion – The benefits of a good shaving cream or lotion, like Venus Satin Care, cannot be denied: it helps suspend the hairs in a field of moisturizing goodness so the razor can easily take them off at the lowest point while it infuses much-needed hydration and softness into the skin. A great process yields great results.

Exfoliation is so important in the winter – Dry heat mixed with blasting cold winds mixed with heavier, dense fabrics and tights is a recipe for dehydration and dryness, which means it’s time to keep up with the process of exfoliation to prevent itchiness and flakes. Shaving is one of the best exfoliation processes known in the beauty industry. The gentle removal of dead skin along with unwanted hair is a double duty feat of beauty that yields softer, healthier skin.

Don’t fight with your tights – The concept of tights and pants rubbing up against the hair on your legs is enough to cause quite a bit of alarm. It won’t start a fire, but it’s definitely generating unwelcome heat and a sensation that’s not exactly pleasant. Why not save yourself the trouble? Shave it off.

Your fitness routine will go on – in plain sight – Even though you may be huddled under blankets now and then, you’ll still most likely head to the gym. Throw your arms over your head or go for a jog with body hair and see how comfortable you really feel. Yeah, it’s not the best look. Why not just shave? After all, you can’t do all your gym classes covered from neck to toes.

The unguarded romantic moment is inevitable – No one will see it? What about that moment when you get THAT call from THAT person, and suddenly you have to be date-night ready in minutes flat? Save yourself the stress and keep up with your shaving routine so you always feel your best. .

A humidifier can help with dryness – If you want to make your shaving routine – and your whole life, really – easier in the winter, invest in a good humidifier. It keeps moisture in the air and can stave off excessive dryness, which means softer skin and hair. Added bonus: if you’re prone to dry sinuses or colds, a humidifier can really soothe your symptoms.

Taking in extra water helps everything in winter – With moisture-wicking winds and indoor heat, you need to add as much water as possible to your body stave off itchy, dry skin and dehydration. Drinking up to three liters a day is ideal, but you can cheat by adding water-filled fruits and vegetables to your diet. Time in the steam room also helps add water back to the body, and shaving right afterward is a snap since you’re so hydrated.

As you can see, there’s no need to skip that shaving routine this winter. It’s so easy and beneficial to keep up with your shaving routine this winter, so why not let Gillette Venus & Olay help?

After all, you deserve to look and feel like a goddess all year long.

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