Steal: Shaving cream
No need to grab one of the pretty pink bottles. “The main ingredients found in most shaving creams for men and women are the same,” says Amy Perlmutter, MD, a board certified dermatologist with New York Dermatology Group. The difference? Scent, texture, and price. “If you find a men’s shaving cream that’s appealing to you—and many come in more neutral scents—there’s no reason not to try it,” she says.
Steal: Men’s deodorant
Fact: Everyone sweats. And if you find women’s deodorants lacking in pit stain protection, Ava Shamban, MD, a Beverly Hills dermatologist and author of Heal Your Skin, recommends grabbing Mitchum unscented antiperspirant & deodorant. (Buy it in an invisible roll-on formula or a gel, which stays active for 48 hours.) “An extra-strength formula, it’s more effective than anything for the ladies and great for summer sundresses,” she says. This is what your sweat can reveal about your health.
Steal: Men’s razors
If it’s good enough for a guy’s face, it’s good enough for your legs. Dr. Perlmutter explains the difference: Women’s razor heads are larger and more oval, allowing you to shave large surface areas quickly. They also tend to have scented moisturizing strips. Men’s razors, on the other hand, have smaller heads and tightly spaced blades for a closer shave to remove thick, coarse facial hair. “If you have thicker leg hair or a sensitivity to fragrances, you might consider trying men’s razors,” she says. Need a recommendation? Dr. Peredo loves the Bump Fighter Disposable Razors for preventing ingrown hairs on legs and the bikini area. But remember, always use a new razor, she warns. Borrowing a blade or razor from someone opens you up to the possibility of infection.