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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Ouch!

The things we do for beauty! Today I bought this:

Why? Because shaving has been tearing my skin to bits. I looked at it several times at Target. I went back and looked again. Then finally I said, "Why not? I have a high pain threshold, right?". Thanks to overactive hormones and funky ovaries, I have a large amount of hair on my body, and keeping it to a level I feel comfortable with is a never ending battle.

I shave, I pluck, I get my eyebrows waxed and dream of having the money and the cojones to do more. I fantasized about laser hair removal.

So, this morning I tried it. Not so bad on the legs. Left a little hair behind. Could see myself doing this frequently. OK...

Inner thigh. Ouch, but still manageable. Could not get past the crease to the pubis area, though. It came with a nice little razor attachment, though which help trim the rest of the wild there.

Arms. I did one, just to see. For the record, I do not shave my arms, but I have never like how bushy they are. Had to pre-trim, but not so bad. Didn't seem to get all the hair, but significantly reduced it. Reddened the arm quite a bit.

Underarms. Ouch, NO FUCKING WAY! Sorry- I just couldn't get beyond the first pass. Left a lot of irritation too, but that is something I fight with shaving. I can only shave my underarms once a week, same with my legs, due to irritation. I used the shaver attachment and went on.

Now, it didn't say it was for use on the face, but I doubt most women are fighting a daily battle with a beard. In fact, a lot of my acne comes from irritation because I am constantly tweezing. And when I lose the battle, I shave, which I know you are not supposed to do.

Not bad. Seemed to work well. Because of the tweezing, I am pretty desensitized.

I will give it 6 months, then we will see what I think. I am sure the first few months will be hard, but damn it, so was my first couple years of shaving.