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I don't have overly sensitive skin but I find that shaving my legs can tend to make them very dry afterwards. I used to just use shower gel when shaving and this didn't really seem to help matters! Some time ago I started making the effort to buy a proper shaving foam product, and the one I use most frequently is Gilette's Sensitive Skin Aloe Vera shaving gel. It is available in 75ml travel size or 200ml full size cans.
The can itself can seem quite heavy when using the larger version, and you have to give it a bit of a shake before using. There is a plastic removable cap on top to keep it clean, and a pump dispenser underneath. I err on the side of caution and dispense a small amount each time to spread over the skin. The gel has a greenish hue to it when it first comes out of the can, and as soon as you start rubbing it over the skin it transforms into a bright white foam with a nice thick and smooth texture to it. I can get quite good coverage out of an application and focus on small sections at a time so that the foam is not washed away in the bathwater before I have a chance to shave fully.
Using the foam is nice and easy, it really helps the razor to glide over the skin without dragging and causing any damage. It also makes it very clear to see which areas have been shaved and where you need to move on to next. The foam is quite thick and has reasonable staying power so that it does not disappear straight away or soak in to the skin, but it also does not seem to be so heavy that it gets stuck and avoids clogging up my razor. After shaving and bathing I do still apply body lotion in order to get my skin looking and feeling moisturised, but the shaving gel helps to reduce dryness and makes the shaving process a lot easier and more comfortable.
This particular shaving gel is easily available from high street retailers and supermarkets; I bought my latest can from Wilkinsons where it was half price at £1.50 instead of the usual ~£3.00 RRP.
I would recommend this shaving gel and will happily carry on using it in the future. A nice, simple product that works and does what you need it to do.
I decided to buy this when I first started shaving as I was really paranoid about cutting myself and getting razor burn etc. so decided to go for a trusted brand first.
It comes in a standard metal cannister (much like a deodorant can), with a plastic lid, that stays pretty firm on the can, so no leaks occur if the top is depressed by accident but is easy enough to remove when needed. It has a plastic dispenser lid that you press down to expel the gel which I have found very easy to get the exact amount of gel that is needed without wastage (which is more than can be said for some gels I have used since).
When out of the can the gel has a blue colour and is thick enough to not run everywhere but not so thick it is not spreadable. Once it is put on the skin it begins to foam up itself, and with rubbing it creates a thick lather that has a very smooth consistency. It smells lightly, and this scent lasts throughout the day, though in no way intrusively. The razor glides over the foam, and creates an incredibly smooth finish and I have only experienced razor burn once with this product, and that was due to me shaving too often.
This has also done everything it claims to do on the can, it moisturised my skin/didn't cause any dryness which has happened before with other products. It left my legs feeling incredibly smooth and soft which is really the effect I was going for when I decided to shave...
The only negative is the price, for a full can of this it costs about £3 in a supermarket, which although doesn't seem a lot, when compared to £1/£1.50 super market brand shave gel, it amounts to quite a big difference over time. Though arguably the benefits of the product outweigh this - it's really a judgement call depending on your budget...
Overall, I would recommend this to anyone with dry/sensitive skin who is worried about exacerbating the condition as this product really does moisturise but is not overly harsh to skin. Be prepared to spend a little more on it, but the benefits of the product are large compared to cheaper brands.
When shaving my legs, I tend to prefer to use a gel product rather than a foam, as I find the thick lather produced is preferable to achieve a smooth finish. In addition, I suffer with very sensitive skin and eczema and do find that shaving will often irritate my skin, so I do often try to seek out products that are aimed at those of us who have skin that objects to shaving, finding that shaving products that are especially formulated with this issue in mind are slightly less harsh when used.
A product I had not tried until recently was the "Gillette Satin Care Sensitive Skin Shave Gel with Aloe Vera." I decided to try it out and paid only £1 for a small 75ml canister in my local Poundland store recently. I thought this price offered excellent value for money, especially as the Gillette brand is one that I find produces products that are of a very high quality. The gel is also available from several online stockists, including eBay (www.eBay.co.uk) and www.chemistdirect.co.uk, although postage costs may apply.
The small size of the canister is ideal for me, as I have limited space available in my bathroom cabinet. Similarly, I find small sized products like this one are ideal for packing into my bag when I go on trips or holidays. I do believe that some online stockists sell a full-sized version of the product if you prefer.
The packaging for the shaving gel is fairly average with a product like this one, comprising of a metal canister that is similar to an aerosol spray, such as an anti-perspirant. The colours of blue, aqua and green that are used on the can offer a little eye-catching detail that is quite attractive. There is a plastic lid on top that is easy to remove and replace, even though I suffer with limited mobility in my hands. Underneath this plastic lid is the plastic 'button' that can be depressed easily to dispense the product into your hand, and I can confirm that using this has posed no problems for me.
The product itself is a gel of course, and this is surprisingly thick. The Gillette Aloe gel is a bright blue colour that reminds me of a toothpaste product, but I don't find this to be off-putting at all, nor have I noticed that the product makes a considerable mess or leaves an unsightly residue behind after use.
When the gel is applied to wet skin, it lathers into a thick luxurious foam very easily which is exactly what I would expect - and hope - it to do. This thick foam can then be used with a razor to provide a protective barrier against your skin and help to prevent nicks and cuts from your razor. I found that it did this very well, and I have never cut or nicked my skin when using the product to shave, which is not something I can say of every brand of shaving gel that I have used in the past.
I found too that the product worked quickly, lathering into a thick foam in a mere moment which is ideal for me as I don't really have any need to spend much time carrying out my shaving routine. The product felt quite 'fuss free' and simple to use, which suited me down to the ground.
There is a gentle aroma present from the product during use, although I can't say it is particularly strong or noticeable. The scent really just reminds me of a soap product, carrying a gentle, but generic, 'clean' smell to it. There is nothing particularly offensive about the product's aroma, and I find it fades easily after using the product.
I found that the Gillette Sensitive Skin Aloe Vera Shaving gel was a product of a fairly high quality, given the rather effective moisturising qualities that I felt the product had. I find that shaving my legs can often leave the skin feeling tight and dry, which feels quite unpleasant. It was a pleasant surprise then to realise that this was not a side-effect of using the Gillette Aloe Vera product, and in actual fact I could have probably skipped my usual 'body moisturising' routine that I regularly use after shaving.
I was pleased to note too that the product didn't react with my sensitive skin, nor did it aggravate the eczema that I suffer from at times, which led me to the conclusion that the claims the product makes on its packaging in terms of being formulated for use on sensitive skin are entirely true and correct. I can honestly say that I suffered nothing in the way of aggravation from using the product at all, which I have attributed to the fact that the product contains Aloe Vera, which is well known for its skin care properties. I would definitely repurchase the product again in the future, purely on this basis and found it suited my sensitive skin perfectly.
For the reasons outlined in this review, I do feel that the product deserves full marks in the product rating score and it comes with my full recommendation. I would definitely repurchase it again in the future because it worked so well with my sensitive skin, protecting it from nicks whilst stopping it from drying out or feeling sensitive.
Shaving gel with Aloe Vera from Gillette