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Your Guide To Spring and Summer Body Prep

Posted by Alexandra C. | Friday April 5, 20139 comments


Does anyone actually shave during winter? 

You can be honest. We're all friends here. 'Fess up! Well, I'll be the first to admit it. During the winter season, my skin rarely feels the brush of a razor against it. As soon cardigan weather hits, it's away with the tanks and shorts and my razors sits in the corner of my shower, lonely, begging in vain to be used. And if we're going to get real here for a second, I don't even mind my bear like appearance. 

However, much to my dismay, April is here and spring has officially sprung. If I'm going to wearing that fabulous dress I bought specifically for the first day of bare leg weather, I'm also going to want some silky smooth legs to go along with it. 

In other words, it's time to come out of hibernation. 

Before the warm weather hits, I take some time to prep my bod for the beach season ahead. Not only is some major hair removal involved, but exfoliation and moistruzing are essential to make the transision as smooth (literally) as possible!

In Shower: scrubs, soaps and soaks 
 

1. Lush Rub Rub Rub (C$21.95)

2. Elizabeth Grant The Socializer Dare To Bare Arm Care Smoothing Exfoliator (C$26.00)

3. Aveeno Soothing Bath Treatment (C$13.99) 

4. Giovanni D:Tox System Purifying Exfoliant Body Scrub (C$9.95)

5. Philosophy Orange Pineapple Smoothie Shampoo, Shower Gel & Bubble Bath (C$27.00)

6. Giovanni D:Tox System Purifying Body Bar (C$4.99)

7. The Body Shop Peppermint Cooling Pumice Foot Scrub (C$10.50, on sale) 

8. St. Ives Oatmeal & Shea Butter Body Wash (C$6.99)

Hair Removal: face, body


1. Bliss Fuzz Off Super-Fast, Fresh-Scented Facial Hair Removal Cream (C$30.00)

2. Bikini Zone Medicated Creme for Bikini Area  (US$7.99)

3. Gilette Venus & Olay SugarBerry Razor (C$15.99) 

4. Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo (C$29.99)

Post-Shower: moisturizer


1. Coco Natura Organic Pure Coconut Oil (C$19.19)

2. Rodial Crash Diet Gel (C$90.00)

3. RoC Enydrial Extra-Emollient Body Balm (C$24.00)

4. Glaxal Base Moisturizing Lotion with Vitamin E (C$10.99)

5. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Intensive Moisture Wrap (C$11.79)

6. Mary Kay Sun Care Subtle Tanning Lotion (C$20.00)

7. Jamieson ProVitamina E 100% Pure Vitamin E Oil (C$13.99)

8. Aura Cacia Sweet Almond Skin Care Oil (C$6.89)

How do you prep your bod for summer? And tell me the truth now - do you shave during winter? 
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on April 21, 2013  justjenne  1,755 said:

I had never thought of exfoliating the area to help with hair growing into the skin. Thank you for the tip!!

on April 09, 2013  mamaluv  STAFF said:

@helen zoya - I have had that happen too. There are several remedies I use:

1) in the days after shaving that area, use a gentle exfoliator to keep dead skin minimized and allow the new growth to push through. You shouldn't scrub hard because it's a sensitive area, but I use those exfoliating gloves with my regular body wash approx 2-3x per week.

2) when infected bumps appear, try a hot damp washcloth on the area to coax open the pores. Don't try to pop these like a zit, but if hairs are right near the surface, you can tease them out with a sterile pin or tweezer. It's like picking out a sliver but again - be extremely gentle. When you have removed the hair(s), cleanse the area thoroughly and allow to dry.

3) immediately after shaving and during your in-between times, gently swab the area with an astringent toner after showering. There are products specifically for the bikini area, but I have used gentle facial toners too. This keeps the bacteria in the area to a minimum.

4) if the swelling is uncomfortable or worse than usual, try a hydrocortisone cream (anti-itch, anti-swelling) which is a common 1st aid product you would use on a rash or bee sting. Apply sparingly and only as often as recommended on the label especially because of this sensitive area.

5) if possible, only wear cotton underwear and looser fitting pants. I find that whenever I wear close-fitting, non-breathing fabrics on my lower half, my bikini area is more irritated. During the summer, it's important to get out of that bathing suit as quickly as possible after you're done swimming, dry or wet. This will also help your feminine hygiene down there.

6) try to hold off shaving in that area until you're fully healed. Nicking infected bumps will make them worse and unsightly. You might also consider a different method of hair removal like waxing (which exfoliates as the hair is removed), though DIY'ing a bikini wax is not foolproof. Better to go to an esthetician if you can afford it! My SIL has had laser hair removal in her bikini area and swears by it, but you should be aware that those treatments are not permanent for everyone so research it properly before you lay out the cash.

I hope that helps!

on April 09, 2013  helen zoya said:

I had a horrible experience with bikini-line shaving once! I shaved
against the grain, and got a really bad ingrowing hair, and it was right
in the bend, so it got really irritated, and eventually got infected. Please tell me what to do in such situations.


on April 08, 2013  LissaG  6,010 said:

Just picked up some Coconut Oil, really excited to start using it...i've heard so much about all its wonderful uses, can't wait to give them a run!

on April 06, 2013  KatelynRose1984  20,704 said:


I agree with @lovelydays - The Orange Pineapple Smoothie body wash sounds incredible!

on April 05, 2013  flower  4,418 said:


yes I shave in the winter its time for more foot lotion!

on April 05, 2013  Bren  24,470 said:

Yes I do shave during the winter but I really moisturize my legs afterwards each time...So happy to have my embrace razor now :)

I love using the coconut oil in my hair...I rub it throughout my hair then leave it for about 15 minutes then in the shower shampoo and condition as usual its amazing how soft your hair feels...

That Olay facial hair removal is the best!Everything else on the market burned my skin but that one works so well and no sensitivity at all to it.

on April 05, 2013  lovelydays  3,649 said:

That Orange Pineapple Smoothie Shampoo/Body Wash seems like it would smell amazing!

on April 05, 2013  takoda  28,488 said:


I shave about once a week through out the winter, but only because if I didn't my husband would kick me out of the bed.LOL I just get to dry in the winter and the itching makes me crazy. The rest of the year is a different story. I found a Clio Palm perfect cordless battery operated shaver
for $10 that works great on the bikini line and the Venus Embrace is great for my legs.

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