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I'd love to have a bit of stubble as a permanent fixture on my face (it hides the spots and scars!) but unfortunately for my job I must always be clean shaven. That's not strictly true as I am allowed to grow a moustache but I've tried this and I look like a hybrid of Kevin Webster and Keith Lemon. So that means I shave every day and therefore get through quite a lot of shaving products.
Having used so many different types of foams and gels over the years (I've even gone old school and used a brush and soap stick) I'm able to tell if a shaving gel is good at its job - does it trap moisture onto my skin for long enough to stay moist whilst I shave (which takes me about five minutes) and do I get much of a rash when using this gel? I'll try to back up these points below.
The gel comes out as a slightly lighter than royal blue colour, but when lathered up it turns white. The lather is very thick and rich, always a good sign as it means they haven't scrimped on the ingredients to make it so creamy. This rich creaminess stays on my face very well and I've never had to re-apply mid shave as I've had to do with some thinner, cheaper gels. Also, a little goes a long way - a squirt of less than a second into my hand gives me plenty enough to cover my face with.
It smells slightly soapy, but there isn't too much other fragrance in there by design - they've minimised the amount so as not to cause any skin irritation.
Whilst using this, I have noticed that I'm less likely to get a shaving rash - it's normally on my neck where this happens. My razor glides effortlessly through the gel so it really does keep my face well lubricated. If I had one moan, it would be the price (which varies from £2 when on offer to around the £3 mark from most supermarkets) but look out for BOGOF offers which make it far more appealingly priced.
I would recommend this to those who are susceptible to shaving rash - it does a cracking job for me. Five stars.
Shaving is not my most favourite activity. I have very sensitive skin and, if I'm not careful (in other words use a poor quality razor and shaving cream), my face and neck can end up looking an angry red colour and feel sore and itchy all day.
I have used many different shaving creams, foams, and gels over the past twenty years or so, but nothing has ever been perfect. Unfortunately, I'm still searching for the best shaving cream to use, but am currently happy with 'Gillette Series Gel Pure and Sensitive'.
As well as having sensitive skin, I'm quite fussy about 'smellies'. I hate highly perfumed soaps and shampoos, for example, and would rather have unscented versions. Pure and Sensitive scores here straight away; the product is fragrance and dye free.
The secret to this product's suitability for sensitive skin is not only the lack of 'additives', but the presence of three different lubricants. It's the lubricants that enable the razor to pass over the skin without catching or rubbing, thus preventing irritation.
The gel is supplied in a 200ml can; pressing the trigger on the top releases the quite viscous gel from the container. It's worth knowing that this stuff comes out of the can quite quickly. Only a small amount is needed, so a quick press of the trigger is all that's required.
Using this gel, I can see why manufacturers add colouring agents to their products to make them look more attractive. Pure and Sensitive comes out of the can as a white, solid, translucent gel. It looks slightly odd, almost like a type of bathroom sealant I've used! I don't mind this at all, it may put others off, however.
When gently rubbed between the hands, the gel quickly forms into quite a thick white foam which can be applied to the face. Using a good razor, the blade seems to glide over the skin without effort (seeming to not touch the skin). There's no immediate irritation whilst shaving; the foam's contact with the skin is actually quite pleasant and soothing.
Pure and Sensitive does effect a really good quality shave. Bristles are removed with fewer strokes, removing the need to go over the area repeatedly (one of the biggest causes of irritation of my skin). Once the excess foam is removed from my face, I usually apply an aftershave cream to try to further prevent reddening of my skin.
And it works! Pure and Sensitive is the best shaving product I've used. The lack of colouring and perfumes really suits my fussy personality and the mild nature of the shaving foam does help my skin. I've noticed that there is still a small amount of reddening of my neck after shaving, but nowhere near as bad as it could be. Because the gel foams so well, and only a small amount is required, a can lasts quite a long time. This makes the £2.50 or so I pay for it, quite good value for money.
I suspect I'll be using this until Gillette launch a product for really fussy people with ultra-sensitive skin. Highly recommended.
Gillette Series Foam Pure & Sensitive is fragrance-free and dye-free to help minimise skin sensitivities / Formulated with Vitamin E and Aloe to soothe, and deliver the protection and comfort you need for healthy looking skin /