Do you remember the first time you shaved your legs? Like most, you probably hid it from your parents. Not knowing how properly to shave, possibly left your legs with cuts, scrapes, and embarrassing patches. Venus Embrace is helping to make the first time, a fun, and vibrant experience for daughters.
When a preteen or teenager shaves, it should be a comfortable bonding experience shared with her mother. Pediatrician, mother, and Venus dermatologist, Dr. Jody Levine shares advice for mothers to guide their daughter’s the first time they ‘embrace’ shaving.
Q: What’s the best age to have to a conversation with your daughter about shaving?
A: Typically the first shave begins around age 11 or 12 years-old. The conversation really depends on your child. There is the issue of genetics. Some kids grow hair heavily at 9 years-old, while others don’t have hair until they’re 12 or 13 years-old. There’s also the social surrounding whether their friends are shaving, and [if] friends are noticing their hair.
There are basically different types of girls. There are those who feel comfortable and will come up to you and ask, “mom what do I do, my legs are hairy.” And then they’re the others who are very quiet and embarrassed. They may throw hints like, “my friend Samantha’s shaving or I’m noticing some hair,” but they won’t outright ask. I think the right time is when either you’re sensing that your daughter has the desire to shave or you’re sensing that other kids are and you don’t want your kid to be a social outcast. I think that it’s really important not to have the attitude of ‘no you can’t shave!’ because that’s just going to make the kid want to shave more, it’s better that the first shave is under the [parents] guidance rather than on the fly.
Q: What is the proper way to shave?
A: You really don’t want them to shave in secret. There is a proper way to shave, and you want to avoid cuts. I think shaving is the safest way to get rid of hair and you just need a little bit of knowledge and a little bit of experience, and then it’s really safe and easy.
Q: What should girls use to shave with?
A: I started my daughter using shaving gel. She started using [Venus] Satin Care. It makes the skin smooth and makes the razor able to glide over the skin. It also lifts the hair a little bit so it’s much easier to shave, and it [guides you], so you don’t examine the same area multiple times. It’s good to use the right razor. You want to use a sharp razor; you want to use one with multiple blades. The Venus Embrace has five blades, and they’re sharp and they’re positioned close to each other, [and] the skin can’t bulge into the blades, so you’re less likely to cut your skin.
The bottle is jazzed up for kids. They like it, it’s pretty, it has great colors, it smells good, and so it’s fun to use. It’s good to moisturize your skin after you shave [with a lotion]. Keeping the skin lubricated is [important] to getting a good shave, and as well as preventing irritation and razor bumps.
Q: Does the type of razor matter?
A: People think the first time they shave that they’re better off using a dull razor. You’re more likely to cut yourself with a dull razor than you are with a five bladed razor. You also want a razor that contours to your body, and you’re less likely to cut yourself. When you shave you want to use very like pressure, you really don’t want to push hard, and you want to use small strokes, not broad strokes.
Q: Is it easier to shave in a bathtub sitting down?
A: It helps to shave in a warm moist environment in the bathroom with the shower running or even right after the shower because the warm water helps soften the hairs. When you’re learning how to shave, I prefer to shave outside the bathtub or shower. You want to be steady, you don’t want the risk of slipping, and you want to see what you’re doing. If you use the right razor like the Venus Embrace, it has a good handle that’s easy to hold, and it’s not going to slip out of your hand. I like the idea of shaving out of the shower, initially. Once you get the hang of it, shaving in the shower and bath is great!
Q: Is it a good idea for mothers to model and show their daughter’s how to properly shave or just give them the razor and let them try to do it themselves?
A: I think modeling is the best way to teach anything to your children. I think that shaving is such a nice easy, neutral topic. You really want to establish a relationship with your child and establish yourself as an expert, someone they can come to with personal questions, and personal matters. It’s a bond!
Q: Does exfoliation matter?
A: I think for people who get ingrown hairs, exfoliation is important because when you exfoliate you get rid of the dead skin that’s actually causing the ingrown hairs, but for the most part when using a sharp razor such as Venus Embrace, it’s not so much of a problem.
Q: Should girls with Eczema shave?
A: People with Eczema tend to have sensitive skin in general. Someone who has a tendency toward eczema [Venus] does make sensitive Satin Care shaving gel. Never shave over areas of broken skin, also kids with eczema tend to harbor more bacteria on their skin, and you can spread infection, so I would avoid those areas.
The best way to pair Venus Embrace is with the Satin Care Passionista Fruit shave gel for a soft and smooth finish. The razor can be purchased at mass merchandise, food, drug, and grocery stores throughout North America.
Your daughter doesn’t have to experience the same shaving mishap you did, start the conversation by introducing her to the Venus Embrace razor for first time experience.