Soft & Smooth Skin Care Routine

Hey tribe! It’s Wednesday, so you already know Life with C. Leigh is back with some more beauty tips. This one is for the ladies. As for the Willow Smith's of the world, this blog post is not for you, but be sure to join us Thursday for a new Faith & Love blog post as promised. Instead of embracing unwanted body hair, I get rid of it! Now, some ladies shave, some wax, and others are all about that laser hair removal treatment. Well, as for me, I’m a shaver. Although I’m considering giving laser a try, until then, I’m going to continue my perfected shaving routine.

A lot of women gravitate to waxing and laser hair removal because of the potential for dark spots and/or strawberry bumps (as some may refer to them), and razor bumps (ingrown hairs). Now, as for me, there is just something very natural and soothing to take care of your body care. I mean really, it’s a whole vibe—candles lit, bubble bath, all that good stuff. Anyways, fortunately, my skin is naturally soft and smooth, but it is very sensitive, so I have to be careful with the products (and razors) that comes in contact with my skin. So, to achieve smooth, hairless skin in all the right places, without the unfortunate dark spots and bumps, here’s what I use:

-       Gold Bond Ultimate Softening Lotion (with shea butter, coconut oil, and cocoa butter)

-       Johnson & Johnson's Baby Oil

-       Aloe Vera Gelly 

-       Venus Swirl Flexible Women's Razor (I use a manual razor with at least 4 blades, preferably 5 because it gives a more precise and close shave than an electric razor.)

-       Thayers Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Toner: Rose Petal

-       Gillette Venus with Olay Moisturizing Shower & Shave Vanilla Cream (not available at Target online, but can be purchased in-store)

-       Monistat Chafing Relief Powder Gel

-       Earth Therapeutics LOOFAH Exfoliating Scrub: Oatmeal & Honey (not available at Ulta online, purchased in-store)

-       Swisspers premium rounds (cotton pads)

-       Towel

Now, most of these things are used on the day of shaving and some are used for maintenance for post-shaving days. Remember, shaving is a form of manipulation, and manipulation usually brings discomfort. So to begin, I use a warm or hot towel just as a barber would with a man’s face, which open up the pores and makes the hair easier to shave (or I just take a long hot shower). After using my favorite shaving cream and razor in places where hair simply does not belong, I clean the area with a cool rag to close my pores and apply witch hazel with a cotton pad. Then for my legs, I use the same lotion I have been using all over my body for years—Gold Bond Ultimate Softening lotion and follow up with baby oil. Y’all, when I tell you I have been doing this for years, my legs have yet to suffer from strawberry bumps or any irritation. This routine always leaves my legs soft and smooth, or as I like to refer to it, “touchable.”

Men, seriously if you’re still reading this stop. Lol. As for my bikini area, instead of using Gold Bond and baby oil, I still begin with the witch hazel, then I apply the Aloe Vera gel and chafing cream. Talk about bikini ready! No irritation or redness. And for those who aren’t familiar with Aloe Vera, it's a natural healer with antioxidants, vitamins A, C, E, plus B12, making discoloration an non-issue, and it leaves my skin well-moisturized. For my underarms, the same routine is implemented minus the chafing cream.

Lastly, I am also a body scrub lover. Currently, I've been a fan of the oatmeal and honey exfoliating scrub by Earth Therapeutics. One to two days prior to shaving, I exfoliate. I take advantage of the time and exfoliate my entire body, removing any dead skin cells, and leaving my entire body touchable. Ladies, I mean really, what man really wants their woman as hairy as a bear? Also, he certainly doesn’t want to feel lumps and bumps all over your legs. Honestly, who really desires dry skin and discoloration? Let's keep it sexy ladies. 

So, ladies take care of your body and skin, now. I know it’s the winter, but ladies, listen—fall and winter is not a reason to stop caring for your body. Being a hairy bear any time of the year is simply not acceptable. Lol. But if you are totally against winter time body care, just jot down notes and hold on to them for the spring and summer. As for the ladies who are like me and can’t leave the house without being shavedensuring that their skin is soft, and smooth—give this routine a try if you’re looking to switch it up.

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- C. Leigh