I have always had sensitive skin and have had to use products that were either super gentle or specially formulated for sensitive skin in order to avoid skin irritation. Ever since I started shaving my legs as a teen, I knew that I couldn’t use just any razor or any type of shave gel. In the past, I’ve used soap and water as my “shave gel,” but after years of not-so-smooth shaves, I decided to find a high quality shave gel that would help me get my legs silky smooth without causing itching and soreness from harsh chemicals. I tried numerous shave gels and finally narrowed my favorites down to two products: Gillette Satin Care Cooling Sensation Shave Gel and Aveeno Therapeutic Natural Shave Gel with Colloidal Oatmeal.
After using each product for a 2 -3 week period of time, I came to the conclusion that both products are high quality, far superior to shaving with merely soap and water, and don’t cause skin irritation in the least. The Gillette Satin Care Shave Gel contains menthol and eucalyptus which are intended to provide a cool, soothing sensation. The addition of these two ingredients is also supposed to leave the skin feeling softer, smoother and more refreshed. I must admit that the product works as it was intended and it actually does soothe my skin, make it smoother and prevent irritation. Although this particular shave gel is not created specifically for sensitive skin, I found that I could tolerate it without a problem. The only thing that I don’t particularly like about the Gillette shave gel is really the fragrance'”I’m not a big fan of the smell of menthol'”but I don’t mind smelling it if it means attaining a smooth, close shave without the annoying irritation that so many other shaving gels cause.
The Aveeno Therapeutic Shave Gel is also a terrific product. What I noticed immediately is that there was no strong menthol fragrance as this particular product if fragrance-free. A pleasant fragrance would be nice, but no fragrance at all is better than an unpleasant fragrance in my opinion. Another thing that’s comforting about the Aveeno shave gel is the fact that it is specifically created for those with sensitive skin. I know that the harsh products that many regular shave gels contain are not present in this product ,which means there’s less of a chance of irritation occurring. Like the Gillette product, the Aveeno shave gel also helps me to attain the close, smooth, silky shave that I desire. I also like the fact that the Aveeno product contains colloidal oatmeal because if my legs are itchy, which they are at times due to dry skin, the itching is relieved by this shave gel.
I would purchase either of these products again in the future whenever I am in need of shave gel. Although I prefer the Aveeno product because there’s no unpleasant scent, due to the fact that it is $4 – $5 more expensive than the Gillette product, I will probably purchase the Gillette product more often since it performs just as optimally. If you’re looking for a high quality shave gel, I would recommend either of these wonderful products, but of course your final decision would depend on what you’re looking for. No matter which product you choose, I’m quite sure that you’ll be very satisfied with your choice.