Does It Work: Pinterest Shaving Hack
I saw a pin a few days ago that claimed that shaving with Baby Oil Gel was a lasting alternative to average shaving with a shaving cream.
Here is the original pin that grabbed my attention: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/391742867559856263/
The pinner stated that they experienced very smooth skin and had to shave even less. Let me just say, if anything says I have to shave less and I know it is good for my skin, I’m down to try it.
I went to the baby aisle and picked up the gel, which ran for about $4, maybe less. That is roughly the same price I pay for my Skintimate Shave Gel, so in that regards it was not a steal. The pin claimed, though, that this method would result in less shaving, hence less need for the gel and so on and so forth.
I have pretty sensitive skin on my legs, resulting in me having to use sensitive razors and not being able to use cheap shaving creams either. Baby Oil is so hydrating that I knew it would be alright for my razor rash, but I wasn’t too sure how it would hold up to the claim of it providing a long-lasting shave.
After I bought the gel, I was so excited to give it a go that I hopped into the shower and went to tame the beasts (my legs). I used my standard Venus Sensitive razor, which is really the only razor I can use.
Initially, I found it tough to shave with the gel being so thick, but once I got the hang of that, the actual shaving process wasn’t difficult. Though this was true, the gel still proved to be a problem. Since the gel has such a sticky consistency, the hair literally clung to the gel and the inside of the razor. My shower and shave time increased by over 5 minutes due to the fact that I had to hold the razor under water to remove the hair build up (gross, right?). I even attempted to swirl the razor in a cup of water to release some of the build up but this was unsuccessful. On top of all of that, once the gel finally came out of the razor, it stuck to the sides of my tub. My bath tub was covered with tiny black hairs that adhered to my tub due to the thickness of the gel.
Aside from the clumping and hairs, the biggest complain I had while using this method was that my razor had roughly half the longevity that it normally did. With traditional shaving methods, I got a few good days, maybe even a week, with the razors I use. With the Baby Oil method, the razor was shot after two uses. The lubricated strip on the razor withered away and the blades became rough and useless.
After my shave, my legs were magnificently soft. Like wow, these babies could stop the world kind of soft. But, when using Baby Oil you have to apply extra sun screen as it allows you to burn more, so that just aided to product waste.
If it is not already obvious at this point, I am not still using the Baby Oil method. I used about 1/4 of the bottle and quit. The cost of replacing my very expensive sensitive razors was not worth the soft skin.
I feel as though my hair maybe didn’t grow as fast, but certainly nothing drastic as the Pinterest post had made it seem. I still found myself shaving every day and taking much longer while doing so because I had to de-clump my razor.
Although Baby Oil provides you with soft legs, the effect it has on your razors, your bath tub, and your wallet is not worth it.
In this case, this Pinterest post was a fail. If you want to follow me on Pinterest to see more of what I am liking, just click here!