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Frequently Asked Questions

Do you know your disposable razors from your electric shavers? Or maybe you're after some skin care tips on how to look and feel fabulous with silky smooth skin? Then search no further - because here are some of the most commonly asked questions and answers covered by our team of beauty experts at Wilkinson Sword.

What is the recommended routine to look after legs?

  • Rinse your legs, exfoliate, lather with a shaving gel or foam, and shave with a good quality razor
  • Shaving, by its very nature exfoliates the legs which will leave your skin feeling smoother and your tan more prominent
  • We recommend Wilkinson Sword Quattro for Women Pearl and Papaya. This is new stylish four blade razor enriched with papaya and pearl complex to give you long lasting smoothness

How can you maintain healthy skin on your legs after shaving?

  • Shaving regularly helps the skin stay healthy-looking by not only removing hair but also dull and flaky skin
  • A good quality razor with a built in conditioning strip to moisturize during shaving is ideal
  • It is also a good idea to moisturise the skin after you have shaved. We recommend our Hawaiian Tropic Body Butter

Why do people cut their legs when they shave?

  • Applying too much pressure whilst shaving with a very sharp, new blade can cause cuts
  • Shaving with a dull or blunt blade and pressing too hard can cause cuts
  • To reduce the risk of cuts, we recommend changing your razor blades often

When shaving, what are some of the best products to use and why?

  • Consumers want products that simplify the shaving process
  • The Wilkinson Sword Intuition Plus range is perfect for busy, on the go young women as it lathers, shaves, and moisturises during shaving - all in one convenient tool, making shaving an effortless part of your routine
  • Wilkinson Sword Quattro for Women Bikini also combines all a girl's hair removal needs in one high performance girly gadget

Is it better to use other methods such as epilating or waxing?

  • People find waxing and epilating trickier, more painful and more time consuming, whereas shaving is quick, convenient and pain-free
  • Another benefit of shaving is that you don't have to wait for re-growth or book in for expensive beauty salon appointments

What areas can women shave?

Should women use shave preps?

  • When shaving legs, underarms or the bikini area, proper skin preparation is a vital first step. Avoid shaving without first moistening dry hair with water, as dry hair is difficult to cut which could lead to tugging and pulling
  • Exfoliating the skin will help get rid of dead skin cells, preparing the skin for that great smooth shave
  • While you can use other products such as shower gels or creams, we recommend a Wilkinson Sword shave gel or foam which helps protect the skin from irritation. Using these shave care products as part of your routine will help minimise the risk of irritation and make sure you get the most from your razor
  • Shaving foam or gel also helps prepare the skin for shaving by lifting and softening the hairs, helping you get a close shave
  • After shaving always try to use a moisturiser to hydrate the skin such as Hawaiian Tropic Body Butter - enriched with cocoa butter, avocado oil and aloe vera, to moisturise skin and keep your legs feeling silky smooth

What are the reasons behind ingrown hair?

  • Ingrown hairs are very common and occur when a hair is forced to grow back into the hair follicle
  • Starting with clean exfoliated skin is a great way to prevent ingrown hairs

Can shaving minimise the risk of ingrown hairs?

  • Shaving has an exfoliating effect on the skin. This removes dead skin cells and helps minimise the risk of ingrown hairs
  • To help minimise the risk of ingrown hairs further, it's important to carry out a post shave skincare routine that includes regularly moisturising the skin and exfoliating using a mitt and/or using exfoliating gel between shaving
  • Remember to shave in the direction of hair growth and take your time shave carefully over sensitive areas

I keep getting red spots on my legs - what is causing them?

  • Spots on the legs can be caused by ingrown hairs. As the hair curls into the skin it can make the skin inflamed, causing a spot to form
  • The best way to minimise irritation is to change your blades regularly - always ensuring you shave with a sharp blade. How often you change the blade will depend on your hair structure, coarseness and re-growth rate. It's best to change your blade when you feel you need to start applying more pressure on the skin, as this is an indication the blades are beginning to blunt. Physical wear indicators on blades are a good indicator to help you recognise when the blade needs changing
  • A good skincare routine including regularly exfoliating and moisturising is also important to help prevent red spots and irritation for those with sensitive skin

Should you shave your bikini area?

  • Shaving is one of the most convenient and pain-free ways to remove unwanted body hair, and the bikini area is no exception
  • Wilkinson Sword Quattro for Women Bikini lets you shave, trim and shape in one girly gadget. It is completely waterproof so you can use it in the shower on your bikini area, under arms or legs with ease

Why shave? Isn’t waxing easier?

  • Shaving is one of the fastest, most convenient and pain-free methods of removing hair anywhere on your body and you don't have to wait for re-growth either. Plus, shaving removes dull and flaky skin to keep it looking and feeling great
  • Waxing can be tricky to do yourself so with many women opting for expensive salon treatments rather than risk doing it themselves at home
  • Shaving doesn't require any specialist knowledge so is easy and risk-free for everyone

What about hair removal creams?

  • Some people prefer hair removal creams. However, these can be smelly and difficult to apply so are not right for everyone
  • It is a personal choice as to what suits you, your skin and your routine. It is often a good idea to try out a range of hair removal methods until you find a routine which is right for you

I have sensitive skin. Which razor would you recommend?

  • The Wilkinson Sword Intuition razor is the only 3-in-1 beauty tool to lather, shave and moisturise in one easy step. The skin conditioning solid around the 4 bladed razor not only lathers and moisturizes your skin during shaving, but also doubles up as a handy physical wear indicator too
  • The Intuition Sensitive Care razor is suitable for sensitive skin, contains 100% natural aloe and Vitamin E, and is dermatologically tested, completely fragrance free, hypo-allergenic and is designed for those with sensitive skin. This razor will leave the skin feeling gorgeously moisturised and offers a gentle experience that moisturizes during shaving

Why do I need my own razor – surely my boyfriend’s one will do?

  • A woman's body is very complex, with a multitude of curves and changing skin types which is why it's important to use products which are designed for your body and your needs
  • Wilkinson Sword Xtreme 3 Beauty boasts three flexible blades on a pivoting head, cushioned with 2 lubricating strips to follow closely the contours of the body
  • The Wilkinson Sword Quattro For Women razor was developed with a pivoting head to closely follow the contours of a woman's body and boasts blades cushioned with large conditioning strips that are enriched with Papaya and for a silky smooth shave
  • Therefore, today's System razors for women are just as sophisticated as those designed for men - however, they have been specifically designed with women in mind. So, there's no excuse to borrow your man's razor ever again!

Are there any reasons for the design differences between male and female razors?

  • Generally the handles of men's razors are ergonomically designed to shave facial areas whereas women's razors handles are shaped to shave different body areas such as under arms and legs.