Winter is a time to wrap up warm and put our comfort first. It can also present something of a dilemma when it comes to personal grooming. On the one hand, we want to feel our best underneath all those layers, but on the other hand, is it really worth going to the effort if no one is going to notice? Being a busy mum things like shaving our legs can be put on the back burner (well not just the winter!) as we can easily hide the unkempt leg hair with thick tights and trousers.
So do we shave or do we not? Of course, there’s no right or wrong answer to this, everyone will have their own personal preference. Some of us feel much more confident when we shave, whereas others can easily forget about it for weeks at a time – I know I’m guilty of this. If you’re undecided about what to do with your body hair during the winter months, take a look at the cases for and against, and see which you prefer.
Keeping it Groomed
Some of us get a real sense of satisfaction from personal grooming, and this doesn’t change when winter arrives. In fact, it can actually be even more important for some people to maintain their grooming regime in the colder months, as it keeps them feeling positive, motivated and confident when things are looking pretty miserable outside. If you’re one of these people, spend as much time as you like on shaving, exfoliating and moisturising, as it’ll help to combat the feelings of fatigue and low mood that many of us experience in winter.
Although much of the winter is spent wrapping up in thick scarves and even thicker jumpers, there are also Christmas parties to think about. Many of us maintain our shaving routine during the winter months so that we can still rock a dress, without having to worry about wearing tights thick enough to hide leg hair.
If you are going to continue your full grooming routine throughout the winter, there are certain things you should bear in mind. The drop in temperatures in the winter months can have a dramatic effect on skin, especially skin that has been recently shaved and is therefore more sensitive. I get awful dry skin throughout winter and to combat this it’s great to try and use a specially formulated body butter, which locks in moisture and prevents damage to newly shaved skin.
There is also the question of whether you’re going to keep up your entire grooming routine, or just part of it. Depending on your preferences, you could choose to only shave the bottom half of your legs, underarms or bikini line. The bikini area is a particularly sensitive one, so if you are going to shave it during winter then make sure you do it right. Following a step by step shaving guide will help you to achieve the best results, avoiding the pain of ingrown hairs and razor bumps, ouch!
Keeping it Natural
There is no reason why you shouldn’t let your body hair grow during the winter, if that’s what you want to do. It can be freeing to let your leg hair grow out, to see how it feels and if it makes you any warmer! Choosing the natural route has the benefits of not causing damage to the skin, not having to worry about staying on top of your regime and not taking up a whole evening when you’d rather be watching Netflix.
If you don’t want to shave during the winter months but do want to devote a little bit of time to grooming and looking after your skin, you can exfoliate and moisturise on a regular basis. This will prevent dryness and also get rid of any dead skin cells that might build up around your hair. Be sure to use a gentle scrub that won’t be too harsh on your skin, especially on areas that have been exposed to the elements. If you really want to go natural, you could even make your own body scrub from ingredients that you probably already have at home.
Whether or not you choose to shave this winter, you should continue to look after your skin by staying hydrated and using a nourishing body butter. Drinking water and eating plenty of fruit and vegetables will help protect your skin in winter, especially if you choose to keep up your shaving routine.
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