Guest contributor: Jenna Nicole Levine

I am going to come right out and say it, I hate shaving my legs. There is this literal feeling of dread as I approach my morning shower on the days I am going to wear a dress (during the summer is just about every other day). Not only does this beauty ritual take me away from an additional 15 minutes of The Today Show, but the nicks, burns, and missed spots are quite irritating.  I have tried products like Nair, which doesn’t remove my hair as much as creates an unflattering rash. Waxing can get extremely expensive and hurts like fire. Laser hair removal sounds totally appealing if only the process didn’t take six sessions at $500 a pop. (Read this 101 guide to spa shaving alternatives to exhaust all your options.) So where does this leave us as women who want to stay smooth longer while keeping our bank accounts out of the red? I’ll tell you, it leaves us one option… shaving.

I have researched far and wide to find a low cost way to extend the life of a shave and came up with three products whose ingredients and reviews back up their claim. The best part is that all of these products can be found on for under $15.

Aveeno Positively Smooth Shave Gel 7 OZ. $4.99

This Aveeno product received the coveted Allure Editor’s Choice Award and a striking 4.5 out of 5 stars when reviewed by numerous consumers. What this gel claims to do is ‘minimize the reappearance of unwanted hair with continued use so you can shave less often.’ The secret ingredient is soy (that’s right another win for soy products!) which when applied to the skin can slow hair growth. The trick is to use this product EVERY TIME you lather up. Not only will this gel reduce the amount of times you need to shave per week, but has the additional benefit of preventing those pesky shaving nicks!

The perfect complement to a hair minimizing gel is a razor that gives a close shave. There are dozens of razors are the market that claim to be the best, but actual the winner for best overall best razor goes to…

Gillette Venus Divine $11.79

This razor is strong enough for a dude, but made for the hairiest of women. Gillette has created the perfect hair destroying storm by combining three comfort blades of awesomeness with multiple lubricating strips. When used in conjunction with the Positively Smooth Shave Gel you are giving your legs the best shot at a hair free week.  This Gillette razor is rated 4.1 out of 5 stars by consumers and is ‘best reviewed’ according to

Now that we have discovered the optimal shave gel and razor it’s time for the best after shave lotion.

Nivea Sun-Kissed Beautiful Legs Gradual Tan Moisturizer 6.7 OZ. $9.99

For those of us with white legs, Nivea has created a product that diminishes the look of hair while adding a gradual tan with daily use. This patented formula is made to kill two birds (tanning and hair minimization) with one moisturizing stone.

The trick to making this entire regiment work is exfoliating your legs twice a week. I recommend Giovanni’s Hot Chocolate Sugar Scrub with Crushed Cocoa Beans $14.99. This scrub smells like a chocolate sundae (and who doesn’t love bathing in chocolate), and will leave your skin soft to the touch and shave ready.

If you would prefer to wait for a great deal on waxing or laser hair removal don’t forget to check Spa Week monthly for great deals near you!

Stay smooth my friends!

Jenna Nicole Levine is a native New Yorker turned Washingtonian who loves experiencing everything the city has to offer. When she isn’t writing about ways to save you cash on your favorite beauty treatments, you can find her reviewing D.C. restaurants, clubs, and events. To read more from Jenna Nicole please visit Woman Around Town, or just stop by and say hello on her twitter @Jenna_Nicole.

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