I have a confession… I do not have smooth, silky legs. Not even minutes after I shave. It’s been something I’ve struggled with (first world problems) since I started shaving. I don’t know what it is about my legs but they do NOT like being shaved. It’s been a war for years. I tried cheap razors and man that was a real problem. I switched to more expensive ones, the ones with moisturizer and shaving cream already on them, the ones with guards… I went through different shave gels, I tried conditioner (fully dulling my expensive razors super fast) and a DIY thing of olive oil and lemon and salt and who knows what else. No luck.
I’ve searched and I’ve scoured the internet and for a while I figured I was the only one with this problem. Well, no, I know I’m not the only one but most of the suggestions I found on line were things that I already tried. Some of the suggestions were even contradictory. Shave right when you get in the shower, shave five minutes in, shave at the end… Just in case you are wondering, it’s about 5 minutes in, warm but not super hot water.
I’ve tried a lot of things, and while many may have given up by now I am still on the search for a method that will finally, FINALLY get me some silky smooth legs, that last for more than two hours.
My latest weapon in the war against razor burn, burning slightly itchy skin and painful goose bumps… Frank. I found Frank through my friend’s blog, Eat Clean Dance Dirty. I must warn you, the blog is not necessarily safe for work, BUT it is full of tips and tricks from my pole instructing and studio owning babe of a friend. (Also if you happen to look at the post right before the linked one, you might just find some tips from yours truly about Booty Bounce…just saying.) Like I was saying, I found out about Frank from ECDD and decided I had to try it. Silky smooth with natural ingredients? Getting a little dirty to get clean? Awesome branding and web presence? Done! Seriously, check out their instagram page for selfies with Frank, oh yes, real men scrub.
When I first got Frank out of the mail box I was hoping that good things came in small packages, because I had expected him to be bigger. But worry not, it turns out a little of Frank goes a long way.
After a got a little cardio in I rushed to the shower. I opened Frank up and WHAM! delicious coffee smells enter my nose. Oh how I wish I could drink coffee, it smells, so so good. Guess I’ll just have to stick with rubbing it all over my body. 😉 I poured a little of Frank into my coffee cup and wet my legs up (not sure if that is necessary but I went for it anyway) and rubbed the mixture in circles all over my legs and booty. I’m not usually one for getting too dirty, I have to really be in the mood to sit in the sand at the beach, but I very much enjoyed putting this on and sitting for ten minutes (on instagram taking the best selfie I could with Frank… see above) to let it all dry and soak in.
After ten minutes I took a shower, which felt amazing washing off the sweat of exercise and the coffee grounds and wouldn’t you know, my legs felt soooo good. I was hopeful when I got my razor out and tried to shave. Alas, no luck on the improvement on that part. I’m hoping after I use Frank a couple more times, maybe get a months worth then I’ll get better at this shaving thing once and for all.
Because Frank wasn’t the immediate answer to my problems I decided to do a little more searching on the good ol’ internet. I found a lot of the same ol’, same ol’ but I also found a couple tips that might be helpful in the future.
1) My water may be too hot. I looove a hot, hot shower. But that’s not really going to help me in the shaving department. It’s going to put my skin on alert and get it sensitive and maybe even a little swollen. So, warm it is.
2) Exfoliating right before a shave is already being rough on the skin. Shaving is exfoliating a second time. So maybe next time I’ll use Frank one night and then shave the next, in warm, not hot, water.
3) Slowing down. I already take a long shower because I have a lot of hair and it’s not a quick wash, so usually when i get to shaving it’s a quick run. It’s possible that I’m pushing a little too hard and shaving too quick. Sloooow down.
4) Topical anesthetic. It could keep the skin from preparing for the onslaught and then after it can keep it calm. Sounds like a good possibility!
For the next month or so I’ll using these tips and slathering myself in Frank, and hopefully by the end of summer I’ll have won the war on my legs.
Do you have any tips not listed here?
Tips 1-3 from here
Tip 4 from here