Harry’s Winston Razor & Aveeno Therapeutic Shave Gel

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If teen rom-coms have taught us anything, it’s that every seminal encounter between a heroine and her love interest starts from the ankles and pans up (Christian meeting Cher in Clueless, Laney Boggs’ makeover debut in She’s All That, Amanda Beckett’s—aka Jennifer Love Hewitt's—first day of school in Can’t Hardly Wait, etc). But what exactly are directors telling us? That a woman’s legs, rather than her face, are the real focus of a first impression? Between the beach weekends, pool parties, and denim cut-offs that round out a summer, our gams will do a hefty amount of parading in the coming months—suffice it to say we’re not taking any chances. So, heeding Hollywood's advice (never an amazing idea, but stay with us), we’ve been treating our legs as we would our face by shaving them like one. And who knows how to shave a face better than dudes (and dads)? Here are the products we’re borrowing from ours:

For a hydrating shaving cream that isn’t accompanied by a father-like fragrance—or that of a middle school girl, for that matter—we prefer the unscented, sensitive-skin friendly Aveeno Therapeutic Shave Gel. At $4.29 a pop, it’s surprisingly not bottom shelf, comes in a non-offensive navy and beige can, and is marketed to men (though it was shelved in a gender gray-area at the drugstore). Let it be known that Aveeno is not overselling this product when it says it will work into a “rich” lather. Its frothy white foam is thick enough to reveal where you’ve already shaved, and what you’ve missed, without suffocating your pores. Added bonuses? It boasts the ability to soothe razor bumps and features oatmeal...making it the ideal segue to breakfast? While this shave gel certainly doesn’t hydrate as well as a lotion, it did mean that our legs weren't screaming for after-shower moisturizing...but if Arianna Huffington has time to moisturize, I guess we do, too.

But when it comes to smooth legs—or smooth anything you want/need to shave, who are we to judge—everything hangs on the razor. And as far as the Gloffice is concerned, NYC-based startup e-tailer Harry’s makes the best we’ve come across (with a price tag that won’t burn your retinas). We’re partial to the Winston (yes, that’s Harry’s Winston, and we’re beginning to think the allusion to the legendary jeweler is intentional). The German-engineered razor’s chrome handle feels as aristocratic in your hand as it looks in your shower, and that slight curve at the joint where the handle meets the razor (the thinnest we've seen) makes said razor just glide along your skin. This sucker gives an extremely close shave. It’s priced at $20, and refill blades will run you $15 for a pack of eight, but this is money well-spent. Harry's products are also for men, but, like we said, they use it on their faces. So they're definitely fit for your stems.

Look, we can’t promise that this one-two punch will turn your life into a romantic comedy with a beautiful yet quirky female lead, but the signs are kind of everywhere—even Rachel Kushner’s latest novel, The Flamethrowers, likens calves to “large, blank faces"—and you certainly won’t regret treating your legs with a little respect. And with Father's Day right around the corner, it's likely that few things will make your dad happier than knowing he finally taught you how to do something right (even if you can’t change a flat tire).

Illustrations by Karleigh Sherman

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  • http://www.champagnerising.com/ heather adair

    HUGE proponent of that Aveeno shave gel -- I'm terrified of the "pink shaving gear" section of most drugstores, so I started shopping in the "manly section" for razors and such -- I got excited when I saw "no added fragrance" and I haven't looked back since -- it's crazy how tiny of an amount it takes to lather up an entire leg. And -- it actually seems to do what it says -- no after-shaving bumps, fewer in-grown ickies, all-around SO MUCH BETTER than anything that smells like passion fruit AND so much cheaper than my other fav, "The Art of Shaving" cream.......

  • Angela__E

    I was hooked on the Aveeno shave gel after the first time I tried it. I buy the gel for sensitive skin. Finally no bumps all over my freshly shaved legs. The stuff marketed to women seems like designer-imposter drenched goop that leaves my legs red, bumpy, and itchy.

  • annahues

    I've tried all kinds of shaving cream, but the best one I found was the
    EOS Evolution of Smooth Lavender Jasmine Shave Cream. I have ridiculously sensitive skin, and this gives me a close shave, and hydrates my skin. Now all I need is a Winston.

    • Diane

      I have this too, but in the pink bottle. I'm so conflicted about it because it does what it says it does, but it clogs my razor! Have you found yours to be doing the same, or am I just having bad luck?

  • jess

    Harry's doesn't ship overseas. Any other recommendation for nice and affordable razors?

  • bluesky557

    I have given up on shaving cream, both because of the cost, and because of the ridiculous gender-based marketing of the brands. Now I just use cheap-ass Suave conditioner. It's no worse than any shaving cream I've ever used, and easily as good (if not better).

  • Allison

    I LOVE high-low posts... wish you'd do more, ITG!

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