Thursday, November 17, 2011

Venus ProSkin Razor review

So I recently received the Venus ProSkin razor to review. From the product info, "Venus ProSkin MoistureRich Razor has shave gel bars enhanced with a triple blend of body butters, which create a layer of protection for your skin with every stroke. Plus, it features the trusted Venus three-blade technology for an ultra-close shave; our rounded, pivoting head for those hard-to-reach places; and an ergonomic handle for great control in wet, soapy environments."

Warning. You may want to take my experience with a grain of salt, because my legs are kind of weird anyway, and they are very persnickety when it comes to being shaved.

I've been a pretty big fan of Venus for years. In the past ten years, I've only bought two razors that weren't Venus. I hated one, and the other was okay at best. So you could call me something of a Venus fangirl. But I did not enjoy the ProSkin razor.

I tried using the razor the way it was intended at first - No gel or cream or lotion, just wet legs and a single sweep of the razor with its built-in gel strips. It was not pleasant. I had to shave my legs a second time, this time with lotion, but the damage was already done. I had razor burn and bumps all over, and it hurt. Bad.

Here's the thing, though. I also shaved my forearms, one with lotion, one without. The one that I'd shaved with lotion was softer, but both were equally smooth. So the razor did fine on my arms, but left my legs looking as if I'd gotten chicken pox. I was also able to get a nice smooth shave without cream on my armpits.

So basically the razor performed just as well as I would expect a Venus razor to perform, even without shaving gel, but not on my legs. I'm going to guess that anyone else would have no problem with this razor, and it would probably save them time and money since they wouldn't need to use shaving cream. But if you have any difficulty with shaving your legs, or any sensitive skin that you're planning to shave with this razor, don't. Or if you do, at least use some cream.

Full disclosure: I received this product for free to review through Influenster's Vox Box program.

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