It's summertime, otherwise known as the Season of Bare Legs. Time to cast off the socks, tights and stockings. But without these winter cover-ups, our gams are fully exposed, hairy ankles and all. What we wouldn't give for a smooth shave, especially one that leaves skin soft and stubble-free for longer than a day. We asked three testers to shave their legs using these gels and creams. Did they find their summer shaving savior?
Product: Aveeno Positively Smooth shave gel, lightly fragranced, $4.49 for 7 ounces, Walgreens.
Stubble trouble: "I've been using -- and adoring -- Aveeno's Therapeutic Shave Gel (for sensitive skin) for the past few years, so it was a no-brainer to try this new Aveeno product. Although I need to shave my legs only once every five days, I'm prone to those irritating red razor bumps. This brand of shave gel has been the best at minimizing that."
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Close shave?: "Lightly fragranced? Are they joking? Though strong, the almond-milk scent is pleasant and will make you crave Chinese almond jello. The gel is incredibly rich and thick, even more so than my standard Aveeno gel."
Smooth moves?: "So did they really end up shaving less often? Maybe I did ditch the razor one day longer. One thing's for sure: It gave an amazingly close shave and spa-silk-soft legs. I'm definitely switching my allegiance -- but at least I'm staying loyal to the brand."
Product: Skintimate Moisturizing shave gel, in Melon Burst, $3.19 for 9.3 ounces, Walgreens.
Stubble trouble: "I'm a hairy monkey. I shave every morning, yet I have stubble before I see my man at night. Maybe I'm not getting a close enough shave with my shower gel?"
Close shave?: "It was easy enough to use, but it was an extra step to my normal routine: I still had to soap up with my shower gel."
Smooth moves?: "A waste of time. A waste of money. My man couldn't tell the difference except that my skin felt rubbery. And I'm still as stubbly as ever."
Product: Davies Gate Warming Shave Cream, in Sugar Plum, $20 for 10.6 ounces, daviesgate.com and select Bath & Body Works.
Stubble trouble: "I'm fair-skinned, and I don't appear to be that hirsute. But after one day of not shaving my legs, they become as lethal as a bed of nails. I've tried every shaver. Now I'm willing to try every shaving cream."
Close shave? "I usually use the aerosol stuff that comes in a can, so I was intrigued by this tube-o-cream. The formula smells delish, and there's a nice, warming sensation as you slather it on."
Smooth moves? "The directions indicated I needed to wet my legs but not soak them with water. Which meant I had to shave my legs outside the shower first. It was an annoying extra step I had to take, but I did seem to have a closer shave. I'm sold. But just for date nights."