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The ultimate guide to a smooth shave with a refill razor

The ultimate guide to a smooth shave with a refill razor

Posted by Hannah McManus, 1st August 2021

If you choose to remove unwanted hair, it’s not always easy to get that super-soft feeling. Razor bumps, irritation and nicks can all get in the way of the perfect shave.

There’s no need to worry, though. If you’re looking for a simple way to keep your skin feeling soft while shaving, we’ve got your back (or at least your legs, armpits and bikini area).

The golden rules

Exfoliate your skin

Prepping your skin before shaving might feel like another task to schedule into an already busy day. Trust us, though. Exfoliating your skin before shaving removes excess dirt, oil and dead skin cells, giving you a smooth surface to shave over. It’ll also reduce the amount of ingrown hairs and irritation.

Our product pick: FFS Shave Scrub

Don’t skip the shaving cream

Shaving cream is essential. Avoid using whatever you can find in the shower (like shower gel or shampoo). Shaving cream is specially formulated to take care of your skin during shaving and includes hydrating ingredients to keep your skin soft. Some (like ours) include cationic technology to lift the individual hairs, giving you a closer-than-ever shave.

Our product pick: FFS Shave Cream

Use a high-quality razor

The right razor blade is the key to a great shave. We recommend choosing a razor with multiple blades, as this will give you a closer and more efficient shave. Our razors are German-engineered and feature 6 titanium blades. That means they’re precision-made to ensure you get the best possible results when shaving.

Our product pick: SmoothGlide blades

Pat dry (don’t rub!)

It’s tempted to rub down with a towel when you get out of the shower or bath. To keep your skin feeling soft and smooth, pat down the areas you have shaved instead. Rubbing can cause extra irritation to your skin, which might be feeling sensitive after shaving. Gentle patting will help look after your skin while locking in essential moisture.

Hydrate and moisturise

Keeping your skin soft after shaving doesn’t stop when you get out of the shower. Remember to hydrate every time you shave using a high-quality moisturiser. While shaving removes unwanted hairs, it also strips your skin of moisture. This can lead to dryness, which affects how smooth your skin will feel. Moisturising after shaving will keep your skin silky-soft while reducing any sensitivity or irritation.

Our product pick: FFS Shave Balm

Rinse your blade well

Your razor is the most important tool for achieving silky skin. It’s important to look after it, as sharp blades will always get better results. Rinse your razor after you’ve finished shaving to remove any excess hair or products. Pat dry with a towel, then safely store away for next time. Our shower holders are a great way to keep your razor safe and accessible, and they come free when you subscribe to our shaving kits.

Change your blades regularly

While looking after your blades will keep them sharp for longer, there will come a time when you need to replace your blades. We recommend replacing them every week, or after 5 shaves. This might seem like a bit of a faff, but replacing your blades will reduce irritation and keep your skin feeling soft. Consider signing up to a razor subscription service (like ours!) to make sure you always have high-quality blades to hand when you need them most. Best of all? You can recycle your razor blades with us too.

Our product pick: FFS razor subscription service

How to shave your legs

How to shave your legs

Posted by Hannah McManus, 9th August 2021

Hair removal should be effortless

Whether you shave once a week, every day or just on special occasions, removing unwanted hair should be effortless. Forget about painful bumps, ingrown hairs, redness and irritation. With the right shaving regime, you can achieve silky smooth skin (without the hassle).

How often should you shave your legs?

There’s no hard and fast rule. Honestly, it’s up to you. Some people like to shave every day, while others prefer to do it on special occasions. Stick to a schedule that works for you and your skin.

If you prefer silky smooth skin all the time, it could be worth shaving your legs every day or a few times a week (especially if you have fast-growing hair). Just remember to follow a good shaving routine to keep the irritation at bay.

What’s a good shaving routine?

So, how should you shave your legs? While it might seem quite straightforward, there are some key steps to bear in mind to avoid irritation. With the right routine, you can enjoy ultra-soft legs every time you shave.

  • Soften your skin in warm water

We all know that dry shaving is a big no-no. Shaving without water can cause a lot of irritation and redness, which will affect how smooth your legs feel (nevermind causing discomfort and pain).

While it’s always a good idea to shave with water and a soothing cream, you might want to start your shaving routine by soaking your skin for 5-10 minutes. This helps soften the hairs, making it easier to get a smooth shave. You don’t have to run a bath every time you shave either; a warm shower works just as well.

  • Gently exfoliate

Gentle exfoliation is an important step in your shaving routine. Exfoliating before shaving helps remove any dead skin cells, letting you get closer to the hair for a smoother shave. Plus, it helps rejuvenate your complexion for a beautiful glow.

Remember to choose a gentle exfoliating scrub because a harsh product could cause irritation. Our cruelty-free Pre-Shave Scrub is your go-to. It features natural walnut husks and soothing manuka honey to prep your skin ready for the next step.

  • Use a soothing shaving cream

Before you set razor to skin, remember to use a soothing shaving cream. It’s tempting to skip this step or to use some old shampoo you’ve found in the back of the cupboard. Using a dedicated shaving cream helps keep your skin hydrated while reducing blade friction, which is important for achieving silky smooth legs. Plus, shave cream helps you see where you have shaved, reducing the need to go over the same area.

We love our vegan, cruelty-free Shave Cream. As well as plenty of natural ingredients to hydrate your skin, it includes cationic technology to lift the hairs and encourage a close shave.

  • Use a sharp razor

Using a dull blade is the biggest barrier to a close shave. As well as not cutting the hair as effectively, a dull blade can lead to irritation, redness and ingrown hairs. We always recommend using a fresh, sharp blade when shaving your legs. It’ll help you get super-soft legs every time.

A razor subscription service is a great way to make sure you have fresh blades to hand. At ffs, you can customise your razor subscription to arrive as regularly as you want. Our precision SmoothGlide blades are German-engineered and include a lubricating vitamin E strip to keep your skin feeling silky.

  • Avoid too much pressure

With sharp, fresh blades, you don’t have to apply loads of pressure to get a close shave. Swipe the razor gently across your skin in long movements to get the best possible shave, taking extra care around your knees and ankles.

Applying too much pressure makes it more likely you’ll experience irritation, cuts and redness.

  • Shave in the direction your hair grows

Let’s be honest. You’ll get a closer shave if you go against the direction your hair grows. However, it’s a good idea to start in the direction your hair grows. This is less harsh on your skin, and you may not need to go against your hair growth at all. If you feel you need it, use plenty of shave cream before shaving against your hair growth.

If you have very sensitive skin, it’s best to always shave in the direction your hair grows to avoid irritation.

  • Take your time

We’ve all been there. Whether you’re rushing to get ready for date night or having an emergency shave before work, it’s not always practical to spend ages shaving. But if you can, try to schedule your shaves for moments when you have a bit more time. You’ll be less likely to nick your skin and more able to get a closer shave.

  • Moisturise after shaving

Don’t skip the aftercare! After your shave, always apply a hydrating post-shave balm. This will help reduce any potential irritation and keep your skin looking healthy and glowing. We love our hydrating Post-Shave Balm, which features manuka honey, almond oil and cocoa butter as hero ingredients. You’ll find that your silky-smooth feeling lasts longer between shaves too!

Shaving vs Waxing - Which is Best?

Shaving vs Waxing - Which is Best?

Posted by Claire Cavanagh, 16th April 2021

Hair removal should be effortless

Whether you’re tidying up your bikini line or de-fuzzing your legs, you shouldn’t have to spend hours (or loads of money) on achieving super-smooth skin. If you’re looking for the best hair removal method, we’ve got the low down on whether you should be shaving or waxing.

For Results

Whether you’re removing all unnecessary hair or just shaving the bits on show, we all want super-smooth results from our shaving or waxing routine.

Waxing removes your hair from the follicle. For that reason, your results will last longer. But remember, you’ll likely experience tenderness for a few days after a wax. Plus, hair needs to be a certain length for waxing to work, so you’ll have to leave your hair to grow between waxes.

Shaving, on the other hand, cuts your hair at the skin’s surface. You’ll notice regrowth more quickly but won’t have to deal with any soreness or pain afterwards. Plus, you can shave every few days - or even every day - if you want to.

Our winner: it’s kind of up to you (but we prefer shaving, obviously).

Which is Best?

For your purse

We get it. Staying on top of your grooming routine can be expensive. If you’re looking for silky-smooth skin without denting your bank balance, shaving is your best bet. Heading to the salon for professional waxing can add up, especially if you’re tackling multiple areas. Plus, at-home wax kits are often single-use and don’t always give the best results. Our top tip? Invest in a reusable handle and replace the blades when you need to. Our razor subscription option is economical while making sure you’ve always got fresh blades on hand.

Our winner: shaving

 

For your skin

First off, it’s worth saying that everyone’s skin is different. You know your skin best, so always pick the right hair removal method that works for you.

Is shaving better than waxing for your skin? No matter what you do to prepare before a wax, it’s going to hurt. After all, the process involves ripping out your hair from the follicle. Waxing may not be suited to those with very sensitive skin or those who can’t tolerate pain.

Shaving, on the other hand, is pretty much pain-free. With the right prep and sharp blades, you’re unlikely to experience ingrown hairs or nicks either. Our winner: shaving (but it might be worth trying out gentle wax strips on your face).

 

For your face

Should you shave or wax facial hair? Really, it’s up to you. Contrary to popular opinion, shaving your face won’t make your hair grow back thicker or darker. But it might cause irritation if you don’t use a new blade and face-friendly products.

Instead, you could use dedicated facial wax strips. These are designed to be used on this delicate area and small enough to target specific areas (like your brows or upper lip). Pick no-heat wax strips if you’re doing it at home; you don’t want to mess about with hot wax near your eyes or mouth.

Our winner: waxing

 

For convenience

Who’s got time to spend ages on hair removal? Not us. Whether you’re thinking about shaving or waxing, the process should be effortless.

Shaving is definitely the most convenient hair removal method. It’s as simple as hopping in the shower when you want to de-fuzz. Our razor subscription service makes it even easier because you get premium blades delivered direct to your door.

While waxing might last longer, you’ve still got to deal with that awkward growing-out phase. It often takes around 30 minutes to get a professional wax as well, whereas we spend around 10 minutes shaving in the shower. Plus, you’ve got to factor in time travelling to and from your wax appointment.

Our winner: shaving

 

For the environment

Is shaving or waxing better for the environment? While single-use razors are definitely not environmentally friendly, waxing isn’t that great either. Many of the wax strips used in salons are made from paper or plastic, which often can’t be recycled after use. Plus, synthetic wax is made from a type of plastic too. Our solution? A razor recycling system that really works. Simply save up your razors, post them back to us, and we’ll separate them ready for recycling. Our reusable razor handles are made from metal, and all our shaving product tubes are made from recycled plastic, which can be recycled again!

Our winner: shaving (but choose a sustainable option)

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The ultimate guide to bikini shaving

The ultimate guide to bikini shaving

Posted by Hannah McManus, 16th August 2021

Whether you’re jetting off on a sunsoaked break or just want to keep things tidy ‘down there,’ shaving your bikini line can be tricky. But it doesn’t have to be. If you choose to remove your pubic hair, there are plenty of things you can do to avoid irritation. We’ve got everything you need to know about shaving this delicate area, so you can feel confident whatever your plans.

The guide:

Understanding your skin:

Before you shave your pubic hair, it’s a good idea to know more about this area of your body. It’s a bit of a catch 22. Your skin is super sensitive in this area, but the hair is often quite coarse. That means you need to be extra careful when shaving your pubic hair. Without the proper prep, you’re likely to experience irritation, razor bumps, ingrown hairs and nicks.

It’s always important to take the time to prepare your skin before shaving. If your hair is quite long, consider trimming with round-edged scissors to reduce the amount of times you have to go over each section. Use a mirror if you can’t see what you’re doing (trust us, it helps).

Gently exfoliate the area:

After trimming any excess length, it’s time to exfoliate. Use a gentle scrub or an exfoliating mitt to remove any dead skin cells. This helps to avoid ingrown hairs and provides a smoother surface for the blades to get to work.

Remember: don’t press too hard! You don’t need to scrub vigorously on this area. Your bikini line is very sensitive, so use gentle movements to exfoliate before shaving.

Pick the right shaving tools:

Getting the best bikini line shave is all in the tools. Pick a fresh, sharp blade before you get started. This helps to make sure you get the closest possible shave with the first stroke (reducing the amount of times you have to go over an area). You might also want to use a bikini-line specific blade. Our in-built bikini line styling blade is perfect for getting those hard-to-reach areas (as well as experimenting with different designs).

Our razor subscription service is your go-to. It means you always have new blades on hand when you want to tackle your bikini line. Plus, our German-engineered precision blades give the closest possible shave thanks to our SmoothGlide technology.

Shave carefully:

Start by soaking your skin in warm water. Around 5 minutes is best, as this helps to hydrate and sooth your skin. A warm shower or bath is the perfect option (you might want to save shaving your bikini line until after you’ve washed your hair and body).

Like we’ve mentioned above, it’s important to reduce the amount of times you go over an individual area. This helps lessen irritation, ingrown hairs and cuts. Try pulling the skin taut to smooth out the area and any folds.

It’s a good idea to start shaving in the direction of the hair growth. If you find that you want a closer shave, gently shave against the grain. Be sure to lather up with plenty of shaving cream too (and don’t be tempted to use shampoo or shower gel instead). This area needs plenty of hydration, so a dedicated shaving cream is best.

Look after your skin after shaving:

Once you’ve rinsed off, pat your bikini line dry. Try to avoid rubbing with a towel, as your skin is likely to be a little irritated after shaving.

Re-hydrate your skin with a sensitive-friendly moisturiser. We love our vegan Shave Balm, which includes plenty of natural, hydrating ingredients like coconut butter, almond oil and manuka honey.

 

Shaving During Pregnancy: Everything You Need to Know

Shaving During Pregnancy: Everything You Need to Know

Posted by Claire Cavanagh, 9th April 2021

Carrying a tiny human being is amazing

But while pregnancy is a special time for most of us, it can be a bit of a worry too (particularly if you’re a first-time mum).

With so many other things to think about during this time, hair removal shouldn’t be one of them. We’ve got everything you need to know about shaving when pregnant, so you can focus on buying those adorable newborn clothes, prepping the nursery, and keeping yourself (and baby!) happy and healthy.

Whether you’re in your first or third trimester, shaving when pregnant can be a tricky task. Even before your bump grows, nausea and dizziness can make shaving more difficult than usual.

Shaving tips when pregnant

1. Always use a sharp, clean razor blade.

Sign up for a razor subscription service, so you always have new razors to hand (even more important if you’re experiencing ‘baby brain’!)

2. Use pregnancy-friendly products.

Choose natural shaving creams and lotions with no harsh chemicals (our revolutionary three-step system is your go-to).

3. Do it sitting down.

Sitting down is going to feel more comfortable, especially as your bump grows. Bring a chair into the bathroom to help or perch carefully on the edge of the loo.

4. Use a mirror.

If you’re shaving your bikini line during pregnancy, there will come a time when you can’t see what you’re doing. Avoid nicks and cuts by using a mirror to help you see the area.

5. Trim and tweeze what you can’t shave.

If you’re finding it really difficult to reach everywhere, put down the razor. You could use round-ended scissors to trim larger sections or tweezers to remove stray hairs instead.

6. Moisturise and hydrate.

Your skin is likely to be more sensitive and prone to irritation during pregnancy. Follow up your pregnancy shaving routine by moisturising with a gentle product.

Everything You Need to Know

Does hair grow faster during pregnancy?

We’ve all heard about that pregnancy glow. There’s a good reason for it. Your hormones during pregnancy go a bit haywire, bringing lots of changes to your body with them. Some of those changes are great (shiny hair, glowing skin and stronger nails? Yes, please). Others can be a bit more tricky to navigate.

Increased hair growth is common during pregnancy. And that doesn’t just mean the hair on your head. You might find that your body hair grows much more quickly than it used to, and it might even become thicker. You may also notice hair growth in different areas, like your stomach, chin, chest or back. This is totally normal and usually goes away once you’ve given birth.

 

Can you shave when pregnant?

Some mums don’t worry about hair removal during pregnancy, while others prefer to keep it smooth. Whatever you choose, it’s a good idea to know the facts

It’s best to avoid waxing when pregnant because your skin might be more sensitive than usual. You should also steer clear of harsh hair removal creams and nasty chemicals.

When it comes to hair removal, shaving when pregnant is the safest option. It’s also the most convenient, as you can tackle your hair removal when you feel like it. Remember, though, to always use a sharp, clean razor and pregnancy-friendly products.

 

Should you shave before giving birth?

Like shaving when pregnant, shaving before labour is pretty much a personal choice. Some women prefer to keep things smooth down there, whereas others keep it natural. If your main reason for shaving is embarrassment, then there’s no need to worry. Your midwife or doctor won’t even notice whether you shaved or not. However, you can shave if you feel it would make you more comfortable. Remember to follow our pregnancy shaving tips, and don’t stretch yourself if you can’t reach.

Whatever you choose to do about hair removal while pregnant, the most important thing is that you feel good about you! Follow us on Instagram or check out our blog for other lifestyle tips and feelgood content.

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