Tips for the Perfect Shave with Nathalie Eleni

Friday, January 17th 2014 0

Winter beauty tips for the perfect shave

Shaving is one of those things that we do so often, but do we ever really stop to think about the impact it has on our skin?

With naturally curly hair, shaving for me comes hand in hand with ingrown hairs. Does this have to be the case? I spoke to Nathalie Eleni, Venus beauty therapist, for her tips on making sure that our common grooming habits aren’t wreaking havoc on our skin…


Which exfoliators do you like to use prior to shaving? Exfoliating is so important as part of your regular beauty routine as it helps combat dryness and removes dead skin cells to reveal freshly primed skin. Depending on how sensitive your skin is, I would recommend exfoliating two times a week, using an oil based scrub. This will simultaneously nourish and moisturise your skin, to help revive your complexion. For more sensitive skin, a gentler option is to use an exfoliating mitt which can be less abrasive, but just as effective. Alternatively you could apply an enzyme based beauty product, which is particularly effective you suffer from dry and sensitive skin around those tricky spots, such as your knees and elbows.

Rose’s pick: Kiehl’s Gently Exfoliating Body Scrub, £22.50.

We’ve all been there when you need to shave and you’ve run out of foam! As a quick fix, are there any substitutes that will see you through in an emergency? Be prepared! I’d always recommend using a shave gel when shaving to minimise the risk of irritation and perfectly complement your razor for an extra moisturising shave. However, a good trick to avoid those emergencies is to try a razor with built-in shave gel bars – Venus have a variety meaning you can shave any time, any place with no need for a separate shave gel! 

Rose’s pick: Rituals Sunrise Shower Foam, £8.50.

How long should we be waiting after a shave before we apply fake tan? Always try to shave at least 24 hours before applying self-tan. Hair free legs are easier to tan and feel fantastic to touch! The more work you put into your tan, the better the results and the longer it will last, so try these tips for the perfect tan…

Step 1: For best results start prepping the skin a few days before you want to apply the self-tan. I recommend exfoliating the skin and applying a thick moisturiser morning and night. If you’re unsure of which exfoliator to use, try a body brush for great results.

Step 2: Every night, treat your feet to a moisture soak by applying a thick layer of body butter and pulling on some cotton socks to lock in moisture. This will help prevent those tell-tale signs of self-tanning around the ankle area.

Step 3: Now we’re ready to tan. Before tanning, apply an oil-free moisturiser to your feet, knees, elbows and hands and a layer of petroleum jelly to your nails and cuticles. Then, using gloves, apply the self-tan starting from your ankles and massage upwards and inwards in circular motions to the top of your thighs. Taking on small sections at a time, work your way up the body, to create an even glow.

Rose’s picks: St. Tropez Lotion, £26.05, Clarins Foot Beauty Treatment Cream, £22.00, Vaseline Petroleum Jelly, £2.30.

Gillette Venus ProSkin Sensitive Razor RRP £9.99 High Res

What sets the Venus ProSkin Sensitive apart from other shavers and why do I need it? The Venus ProSkin Sensitive is one of my favourites as it’s specially designed to achieve a close shave with less feel of irritation. It features 5-blades spaced close together to reduce pressure, which makes it effective even on sensitive skin during the winter months. An extra-rich protective ribbon of moisture also lubricates and protects the skin for gorgeously soft pins!

I’m prone to ingrown hairs. Are there any tips that I can follow during the shave and post-shave to minimise these and do you have any recommended products for dealing with ingrown hairs?  The condition of skin and hair play an important role when it comes to ingrown hairs.  Ingrown hairs occur where hair pierces the follicle wall growing into the surrounding skin. The follicular opening can become clogged with a build-up of skin cells which then trap the hair, impeding its natural progress out of the skin. Gently exfoliating skin is the best way to prevent these as the gentle scrubbing action removes the upper skin layer and hair can get through to the skin surface.

Rose’s picks: Still caught short? Try Tend Skin Ingrown Hair Solution, £14.00.

A few weeks ago, after years of using a Gillette Sensor Excel, I switched to the Venus ProSkin Sensitive. I used to love men’s shavers because I felt like they gave a closer shave. But three weeks later, lo and behold, I have new found respect for my Venus. Whether I’m tackling legs, underarms or even bikini line, it manages to give a smooth, clean shave. What’s more is that I’m quite prone to knacks and yet I haven’t had any accidents since using it. The moisture panels on the blade are very noticeable; the whole process seems to be slightly more cushioned. And for me a huge bonus is the size of the shaver head – it’s slightly larger than the average shaver, meaning that the whole process is done and dusted in no time. In short? I won’t be returning to my Sensor Excel.

Venus ProSkin Sensitive RRP £9.99 Packshot High Res

If you have sensitive skin, you’re prone to little cuts when you shave or even if you need something simple for a younger member of your family to start shaving with, this gentle but effective shaver wins a gold star from me.

The Venus ProSkin Sensitive is available from for £9.99.

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