This post was sponsored by Schick… which is great because I am terrible at almost all hair removal techniques, plus I am too cheap to see a professional, and that let it grow wild and free lifestyle is really not for me… so razors really are the only viable option.
We live right down the street from UCLA, and it is always fun when August rolls around and the streets of Westwood village are suddenly filled with people again.
Occasionally, at the Rite Aid near campus, I’ll see one of those fresh faces debating whether to cut corners and use a depilatory or really be ambitious and do a self-waxing…
It brings me back to my own depilatory horror story which is almost as embarrassing as my anal itch cream experience (although I am not sure I’ll be able to ever top that one).
Waxing was another college and post-college fail. If anyone is wondering, eyebrows do grow back, even if they are completely pulled out at the root.
I have since improved. I mean, it’s not like I’m completely without epic self-care fails, but I’ve definitely gotten a lot better. I decided that plucking my eyebrows is the idiot proof way of cleaning up the area, and as far as the rest of my body, razors were going to be the easiest and most economical choice….although, I did hear on Oprah that razors should be thrown away after three uses and this guy says the same thing, but I never really listened to this suggestion. I could keep mine going much longer.
Some of the ways to extend the life of your razor:
- Choose high quality multi-blade razor. The sharper the razor the longer it will last. Now, the multi-blade one seems like a no-brainer, but for those of you really attempting to be economical, the single blade razor is not where its at. I know because I recently stayed at my parents and had forgotten to bring a razor. My mom offered me a disposable single-blade razor, which I had no idea was even an option until that day. It does not work…at all. I am still having flashbacks to when I attempted to use that sucker on my bikini area. Just heed my warning and stay away. There are other ways to extend the life of a better razor and save money in the process, such as using the big selection on Manly Matters.
- Dry your razor after use. Did you know that razor blades become dull more from oxidation than contact with hair and skin? It’s the water that sits on the blade after use that causes this sort of oxidation, corrosion, and rust. (note: if you see rust on any of your blades, throw them away immediately.)
- And if you really go that extra mile, you can dip your blade in rubbing alcohol and then apply oil (like almond oil) to the blade, which will sanitize and help prevent corrosion of the blade. (Some people prefer to skip the alcohol and go straight to the oil, and that is fine too.)
Okay, so I thought I’d keep this trip down memory lane going and offer my favorite leg treatment recipe. I started doing this treatment when I was 18 and I still try to find time to treat myself to this as often as possible.
1 1/4 cup of milk (we try to use goat’s milk whenever possible)
1 cucumber roughly chopped
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup almond or olive oil
Fill a bowl large enough to sink your feet into with hot water. Add 1 cup of milk. In a separate bowl, mix the sugar and olive oil and set aside. Add cucumber and the remaining 1/4 cup milk to a blender and blend until relatively smooth. Poor into a bowl, cover, and place in the refrigerator.
Now it is time to relax… Start off with clean, shaved legs. Now take the warm milk and water bath and soak your feet for 15 minutes. When you are done go into a contained and use sugar scrub from feet all the way up your legs and rinse. Take the cucumber puree and apply it all over legs and feet. Wrap with plastic wrap and sit for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse and enjoy.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schick®. The opinions and text are all mine.