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I usually use the sensitive Gillette Satin Care gel but last time I went to buy it during my weekly shop it wasn't in stock so I decided rather than wait I'd just try this dry skin version instead. I get this when it was on a half price offer but the usual price in Boots is £3.25 for the 200ml can.
It comes in an aerosol style can which is quite large so not something you'd really want to take away with you. It has a pull off lid and a push button on the top which when pressed releases the gel very quickly from the can. You do need to be very careful how hard you press the button because you can easily get far too much out.
The gel is a bright blue colour which turns to white when water is added. It has a slightly strange scent which is quite herbal to my nose, I can only assume this is the Shea butter in the formula as I find Shea butter often smells a bit odd. The gel expands quickly when I start to spread it onto wet or damp skin, a little bit of gel goes a really long way and spreads easily over my skin.
I find this does give a nice close shave when used with a decent razor and to be honest I don't find it any different to the sensitive version in terms of giving a close shave. It doesn't clog up my razor and it rinsed off easily leaving ny skin feeling smooth, soft and fresh.
I don't find this any more moisturising than the sensitive version but it is just as soothing and I don't get razor burn when using it, so I'd happily use this one again. All in all a very good product which I would recommend.
I have quite dry skin to start with, but I noticed I was getting particularly dry patches on my shins after shaving. I have to be honest, I normally just lather up some shower gel to shave my legs with, however I decided it would be a good idea to invest in some proper shaving foam until the dryness cleared up. I actually went out with the Gillette Apricot gel in mind as I'd used that earlier in the year and found it to be good. When I got to the shop however, I spotted the dry skin variety and decided that would probably be a better bet.
The shaving gel actually contains Shea butter which is fantastic for moisturising the skin. I absolutely adore Shea butter products as I find they work well for my skin, so this also appealed to me.
The gel comes in a metal can with blue and purple accents and an easy to press wide button at the top, through which the gel is dispensed.
When I squirted out the gel I found it was a very vibrant blue colour and had a lovely scent, although the scent was not exactly what I was expecting. Due to the fact it contains Shea butter, I had hoped that it would have a very clean, soapy smell to it, but in fact the scent is quite a fresh and vibrant fruity aroma. I can't quite put my finger on what exactly the scent is, but I like it, despite the fact I'd say it's quite a unisex smell.
Only a small amount of gel is required per use. Like most gels of this nature, what looks like a very small amount of shaving gel lathers to become a huge amount of foam capable of covering a large area of skin.
I find that the gel/foam smoothes onto the skin easily and stays a fairly thick consistency, despite how thinly you may attempt to spread it. It's fabulous for shaving with as the razor really glides through the foam and I have never experienced any nicks or cuts since using this. The foam rinses off easily too and doesn't cling to the skin.
Using this did seem to sort out the problem with my dry shins. They returned to normal quite quickly after I began to use this and although it may have been a coincidence I do believe the gel helped. I also tend to get a lot of dryness under my arms and am prone to rashes and eczema but again, since using this gel these have lessened considerably.
I paid just £1.99 for this from Bodycare. It is also available from Boots at £3.25 and Waitrose at £2.60. I have actually found that ASDA have it reduced from £2.60 to £1 although I can't quite work out if that is a permanent offer or just for a limited time. A can is 200ml and because such a small amount of gel is required per use, I find that it will last a long time, so you do feel you get your moneys worth.
Overall I have been very impressed with this gel and it does what it says on the tin. I would definitely consider purchasing it again and would recommend it to all you ladies with dry skin!
I switch and change my shaving gel depending on my mood and whatever catches my eye in the shops and I don't have any particular loyalty to a brand or product but lately I have been using Gillette satin care for dry skin for few months which is unusual for me.
The reason I originally bought it was that it was on offer when I went into the shop to buy some and as I had used some Gillette gels in the past but not the sensitive one I decided to give it a try.
It comes in a 200ml metal can and is fairy feminine in apperance so as to not confuse it with it's male counterparts.
Instead of being a foam it is actually a gel that turns to foam on contact wih water. This means that you need less originally as the gel expands quite a lot. The scent isn't overly perfumed and is quite subtle and non offensive.
I find that I really do only need a little gel for each of my legs as when it foams it foams a lot and a couple of squirts of gel will do one entire leg. The foam is nice and thick and feels really rich when on my skin and it doesn't become runny like some cheaper foams I have used in the past.
It provides a really good barrier between my razor and my skin but it still allows me to get a really good close shave as he razor just glides through it.
I find that in winter I get really dry skin rom a combination of the cold weather, central heating and taking lots of hot baths and after shaving my legs can become a little falky and scaly.
This gel doesn't eradicate the problem entirely but the glycerin and shea Butter really does help them be less dry and I find that when I apply moisturiser on afterwards it goes on much smoother and isn't just sucked straight into my skin because it is so dry.
In summer I might not use this as it is very heavy and rich and I will probably switch to original source as I find that refreshing in the summer but I will probably continue to use this gel next year when the weather starts getting colder as although it isn't a miricle produt it really does help in keeping my skin hydrated and feeling more comfortable after shaving.
A bottle of the gel will cost you around £3 which is good value as you don't need much of the gel as it is really rich so it will last for ages before you need to purchase another bottle. For anyone who suffers from dry skin they will know just how uncomfortable it can be so give this a try and see if it can help you too.
I get really bad shaving rash when I shave, because of this I always use a shaving cream. Although I'm more then happy to try other brands when they are on offer, Gillette is a name I trust and always come back to. I always use their dry skin version since I've found that not only does this help with the rash but my legs are always very dry after shaving and this helps with that problem too. Also the Gillette dry skin shaving gel has added Shea Butter which I've found helps with my skin.
~*~ Using The Shave Gel ~*~
The shave gel is a blue gel but transforms into a white foam when rubbed into your legs. A small amount goes a long way and I find a bit about the size of a £2 coin gives an even covering over half my leg. The foam provides a fairly thick covering over my leg and I like this but for those that prefer a thinner layer using a little less will give just as good a covering but thinner.
~*~ Effectiveness ~*~
I love this gel. Any product really has to prove it's worth for me to trust it and therefore keep coming back to it and this shave gel does just that for me. The razor glides easily over the gel, more easily then any other gel I've used. The shave is close, I only need to go over my legs once and there are no stray hairs. I've often found both with other gels and when not using any gel that I sometimes need to go over it twice and this damages my skin so only needing to go over it once is an added benefit for this gel.
I also find that it does what it says on the tin and does protect my legs. Although I do need to moisturise after shaving this is a problem with my skin and not necessarily with the product, my skin does seem to be more moisturised with this gel then any others I have tried and on those occasions I either forget or haven't had the time to moisturise after my skin is still soft and not overly dry as it would be with other gels.
~*~ Availability and Pricing ~*~
The gel widely available for between £3 and £5 depending on where you get it from so it's worth looking around.
~*~ My Opinion ~*~
This is a product I keep coming back to, so far although I have tried many other gels this is the most effective I have found. It not only keeps my skin soft as you would hope for with a product aimed at dry skin but also protects from nicks and cuts. Although I do have one or two cuts every time I shave I'm not exactly careful when I shave and therefore this is to be expected and this is still more protection then I get from any other product i've tried. The gel covers my legs evenly and provides a close shave which, combined with the protection this gel offers, is all I would want from a shave gel.
It is worth noting however that although this is advertised as coming in different scents I have tried most of them and never noticed any scent. This isn't a problem for me since I use lots of scented products in my bath anyway and therefore don't really need a scent on my shave gel too but it may be a problem if you want it scented. Otherwise this is a very good product I wouldn't hesitate to recommend.
***SATIN CARE SHAVE GEL***
Satin Care Shave gel is made by Gillette Venus and comes in a wide range of different fragrances and formulations. There are 4 different fragrances which include Alluring Avocado, Lavender Kiss, Floral Passion & Radiant Apricot. They also do formulations for specific skin types which include Sensitive Skin, Dry Skin & Cooling Sensation. The particular shave gel I am reviewing is the Dry Skin formulation. This comes in a white can which is also blue and purple in colour with a white plastic lid. This formula contains Glycerin & Shea Butter which is especially designed for dry skin. The moisturising formula helps to protect the skin against moisture loss during shaving and helps to leave your skin feeing soft and smooth.
Glyercin is often used in a lot of moisturisers and other skin products; this ingredient helps to lock in moisture which helps to keep the skin hydrated and soft.
Shea Butter is used in a wide range of products and lotions which help to soothe skin conditions such as eczema, acne, rashes, psoriasis and ultraviolet damage. It's also used to treat insect bites, burns and scarring.
This is available to buy from stores such as Boots, Superdrug and supermarkets and some pharmacies. Prices may vary; how-ever this is avaliable from boots for £3.22.
***USING THE GEL***
I can't stand hairy legs and the slightest bit of stubble; I have to shave my legs straight away. I often get a rash from shaving or often end up with nips and small cuts left on my knees. I sometimes suffer from dry skin as well so have to moisturise my legs a lot. I saw this Shave gel in boots so thought I would give it a try.
Simply push the top of the pump to dispense the gel and then rub over wet skin. This will produce a rich lather for a smooth shave. The gel is a bright turquoise blue colour and doesn't really smell of anything. You only need to use a small amount, which I then rubbed onto my wet skin. It lathered up very quickly to produce a rich lather ready to shave. The razor glided over my skin very smoothly and after shaving my legs it left my skin feeling soft & smooth. I didn't experience any nips when using this gel and it didn't give me a shaving rash which I sometimes get. I was surprised that the gel didn't have any scent to it, even when it lathered up. I always use moisturiser after having a bath/shower anyway but I felt as though using this gel made my legs even more smooth and soft than before.
Ever since I have started using this shave gel I haven't stopped as I am very pleased with the results. It leaves me legs feeling smooth and soft and depending on how much you shave the can last's me a few weeks. This is one of the best shaving products I have ever purchased as it doesn't leave my legs dry or with a rash. I feel as this gel helps to lock in moisture whilst shaving and helps to prevent little nips with the razor. I would highly recommend this shave gel and would probably consider using the other Shave gels as well, as the results from this one was so good. I was slightly disappointed that this didn't have a scent to it but this won't stop me from using the product again.
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I shave my legs and bits and pieces most days. I have done from a very young age and now at the grand old age of 35 I find that I get thick hair appearing daily! I hate hairy bits and so shave like a good un though because I do shave often I am prone to nicking myself rather too often which is why when I spotted this on offer in Boots recently and for dry skin (which I do suffer from particularly on my knees) I bought it for 99p knowing I was getting a bit of a bargain!
The can holds 200ml of the shave gel and the colour-scheme of said can is white, turquoise and purple. On the front of the can there is a wavy pattern and a purple droplet on there and I am told that it is Gillette 'New + Improved' Satin Care 'Dry Skin' Shave Gel with Shea Butter. On the back of the can other information listed includes being told a bit about the product, the size is stated, ingredients are listed and contact details for Procter & Gamble (the manufacturer of the product) are given. The lid to the top of the can is a frosted white plastic which pulls on and off with ease and covers an integrated large push button dispenser. It's a nice feminine good quality looking can with a nice smooth feel to it, it's informative enough however as its made from aluminium (I think) word to the wise here! Do not leave it on top of ceramics and plastics (I.E the bath) as it leaves rusty marks (I'm unable to remove them thus far!).
All you do with this is to dispense a small amount of the transparent, rich thick none fragranced turquoise gel to where you want to shave. It's smooth and it gives off a tiny bit of white foam when dispensed and then you apply it to damp/wet skin prior to wiping it off which a sharp razor blade.
This is designed to gives a smoother and closer shave whilst moisturising dry skin of course. I find it easy to evenly apply it over my skin and it doesn't feel greasy and of course you can use this before or after washing you skin with other products.
I find that a razor does glide over this gel with total ease and that its easy to dispose off the skin. It moisturises very lightly and is easy to completely get rid of the residue and it doesn't leave the skin feeling like it has any residue on it at all once rinsed off properly.
I wouldn't say that this gives a closer shave but it does help me not cut/nick myself and I don't get a shaving rash when I have used this and it certainly does leave my skin feeling lightly hydrated. I'm not impressed though by the lack of smell this has to it and the marks it has left on the bath though!
Available in all good supermarkets ad chemists etc and if not on offer costs about £2.39 a can.
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