Shaving for women: 5 easy steps

Yes, I’m officially a “shaver” now. My Gillette Venus kit has been my handy companion across three countries already (India, Myanmar and Thailand) and of course it’s coming with me wherever I travel next.

Here’s why I’m loving shaving

Bang for the buck: So the total cost of the kit is Rs 849, and I’ve been using it for over two months now. Compare this to the cost of waxing, and it’s great value for my hard-earned money!

Gillette Venus shaving kit

Easy to carry: My shaving kit with extra cartridges came in my suitcase when I moved to Myanmar few weeks ago, and it easily fit into my small suitcase for a weekend trip to Thailand. In Yangon, I don’t need to explore salon and parlour options and whether they are affordable and hygienic.

Super convenient: I can shave anytime at home. It saves me so much time and hassle of making a trip to the salon (taxis aren’t exactly cheap in Yangon!). And if there are sudden plans or plans to wear a sleeveless top or short dress, I don’t need to bother if my arms or legs are ready for it.

5 steps to shaving

I have a mantra for shaving now: We Love Shaving Most Regularly OR WLSMR (stands for wash- lather- shave- moisturize- repeat).

Step 1: Wash

Preparation is crucial. Take a quick warm shower before you shave, or wash your arms, legs or underarms before you shave so you remove all oil, perspiration and product residue (lotions, fragrances etc) and it makes your hair softer to raze. Let your arms or legs stay moist.

Step 2: Lather

Apply shaving foam or gel on the to-be-shaved area and spread it all over. Choose a product that is suited for your skin type. There are several brands and types available, so go with one that you know works best for you. I don’t think it’s a good idea to use your husband or brother’s shaving foam though they work essentially the same way.

Gillette Venus shaving kit

Step 3: Shave

Pick up your razor, touch the cartridge’s pad to your skin and drag it along your arm or leg. You don’t need to press hard, because the hair comes off easily. It’s easy to lose your “shaving” track so I’ve been following my own thumb rule of shaving in straight vertical lines on my arms and legs. Knowing that you’ve completely razed a certain part of your arm or leg makes for a quicker shave.

Gillette Venus shaving razor

Step 4: Moisturise

Once you’re done with shaving, all you need to do is quickly rinse or wipe off the excess lather, then follow with your personalised post-shave routine. I usually follow up with little aloe vera gel (to calm my skin) and sun screen if it’s day time. You can add or subtract from this routine based on your skin type and skin care routine.

Step 5: Repeat

There’s no specific time period on when you need to shave again. Some women like to shave almost every day, but I don’t feel the need to shave more than once a week. Unless you have very dense or thick hair, you won’t really need to shave every day. But yes, keeping a little time for shaving aside couple times a week is a good idea.

Any questions on shaving? Leave a comment below.

You can buy the complete shaving kit on Flipkart, or buy the razor and cartridges separately.

This blog post is part of the #SubscribeToSmooth series in collaboration with Gillette India. Check out their Facebook app and follow Gillette Venus India on Twitter.

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On Shaving: Views from men and women

The best expert on shaving is a man. They shave every (working) day. They’ve seen the bad side of it- nicks, cuts, uneven shaving… So who better to discuss shaving than a man, right?

Gillette Venus shaving kits

As you can see, men’s shaving kits are a bit different from women’s due to the difference in hair and skin textures. But men need similar tools– lathering foam and a razor with blades.

The husband on shaving

When I shaved for the first time couple weeks ago (read my blog post on my first shaving experience) and informed the husband, his immediate reaction was, “Did you cut yourself???”

I laughed and replied “NO!”

“So did it hurt or poke you?”

“What?! Nooooo!”


“It was quite a pleasant experience actually,” I continued. “I didn’t feel a thing, because of the soft protective cushions around the blades.”

Anyways, later that day, the husband and I compared notes on our shaving experiences. Here’s what’s similar and what’s different between shaving for men and women.

Comparing shaving experiences

Nicks and cuts: Ladies, this one is entirely for men. Yay! From teen boys to grown men, several men often cutting themselves while shaving. Thanks to the cushioning, chances of us girls getting cut while shaving are near zero.

Gillette Venus shaving kit for women

Hair change after shaving: S confirmed his hair thickness or growth never changed and I confirmed that too! My regrown hair is exactly the same as it was pre-shaving.

Itch or No Itch?: Can you imagine men walking around with itchy faces every day? Me neither. Ditto with shaving for women- I didn’t get any itching. I did feel a slight discomfort when I wore a very skinny pair of jeans the day after I shaved my legs, but that was mostly because of the humidity and the thick fabric. And the discomfort lasted all of two minutes with no urge to itch.

Bad skin: Nope, shaving didn’t affect his skin or mine (and mine is sensitive). Men love a good aftershave lotion (and so do women, wink wink), but women’s “aftershave” is nothing but a good moisturiser suited for their skin type and perhaps a soothing lotion like aloe vera or calamine lotion.

Gillette shaving kits for men and women

Shaving vs waxing vs hair removal creams

Men don’t have other options to get rid of facial hair, like us women. I’ve tried waxing regularly and depilatory (or hair removal) creams for emergencies. Even after all these years, waxing is painful. And I’m still not comfortable going to local parlours or high-end salons alike (for hygiene reasons).

As for depilatory creams, I’ve been careful with them but I have felt a slight burn when I kept it on for a few seconds longer than mentioned on the packaging. That’s the chemicals at work. 🙁 And the looooooong list of precautions that are printed on a cream’s packaging is quite unnerving. Seems like anything could cause a reaction!?

I’ve shaved a few times already and I’m going to continue- it’s quick, comfy and painless. Time to #Subscribe to Smooth everyday!

You can buy the complete shaving kit on Flipkart, or buy the razor and cartridges separately.

This blog post is part of the #SubscribeToSmooth series in collaboration with Gillette India. Check out their Facebook app and follow Gillette Venus India on Twitter.

Note: Chic Promotion

Why my first shave was a big surprise

I tried shaving for the first time. What happened next surprised me.

(Oops, cheesy internet meme mood!)

I wrote in my previous blog post that I haven’t shaved before and the panel discussion with Kriti Sanon, Dr Rashmi Shetty and Namrata Soni partly inspired me to try it out. Well, I did earlier this week and the results were completely unexpected.

Urgently needed: Smooth arms for a sleeveless blouse

I’ve been moving homes, so my current place is an absolute mess and there’s been no time for personal grooming. Not a quick face pack at home or eyebrow grooming. And certainly no time for a wax. So when I had to head out for a ladies lunch in a sleeveless top I realized it was time for my first shave.

Pre-shave prep

After quickly brushing through the notes I’d jotted down during the shaving discussion, I started out by taking a warm shower and laid out the tools—Gillette Venus shaving razor with cartridge and Gillette Satin Care shaving gel.

Gillette Venus shaving kit

The First Cut

I sprayed on a bit of the shaving gel on my left arm. It looked like this:

Gillette Venus shaving gel

With my right hand I spread it all over my arm and voila- I got a soft gentle foam all over my arm. Then came the moment of truth.

I shaved, drawing the razor through the length of my arm. I bit my lip, expecting a nick, cut or even a prick. But nothing. Really, didn’t feel a thing at all. All I felt was a soft pad brushing against my arm where the razor was doing its job.

I moved in quick, long vertical strokes along my left arm and then my arm pit, rinsing the razor every couple of strokes to get rid of shaven hair. I was done shaving both arms in barely five minutes though I was shaving slowly (since I was terrified of getting cut).

No pain, no gain? I disagree.

When I touched my arms after the shave I felt soft, smooth, clean, hairless skin. I followed this with my right arm and ended with a moisturizer and aloe vera on both arms.

Did I miss out a few hairs? Yes, being the first time and all that.

Did I pick or cut myself? Nope.

Did it hurt? Not at all. (I think the pain or discomfort from shaving is all in the head.)

Before and after

Here’s the before and after for all of you to see:

Gillette Venus shaving review (7)

Gillette Venus shaving review

As you can see, there’s no dryness, no change to my skin tone, no patches, no prickly hairs, no roughness or swelling, no redness, no irritation. Smooth, soft and clean skin.

Then I wore the sleeveless cowl neck blouse that had been waiting for me and headed out for lunch.


PS- Now that my misconceptions about shaving have been razed off (sorry, bad pun), I’m going to try shaving again. 😀

You can buy the complete shaving kit on Flipkart, or buy the razor and cartridges separately.

This blog post is part of the #SubscribeToSmooth series in collaboration with Gillette India. Check out their Facebook app and follow Gillette Venus India on Twitter.

Note: Chic Promotion