Warm days are back, and so is the reemergence of bare skin and bikinis. Hiding fuzz under long sleeves and pants is no longer an option, so get your skin beach ready by choosing a method of hair removal that works for you…no matter your preference or price range!
Shaving is quick, inexpensive and pain-free. Start by softening hair in warm water and lathering on a moisturizing shave gel or cream (Bet bet is to shave in shower, near the end to allow time for the water and steam to open pores and soften hair completely). Use a sharp blade and avoid shaving the same area repeatedly to avoid irritation.
Tip: Exfoliate beforehand to loosen trapped hair and dead skin cells for the smoothest shave.
Try: EOS Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream, $3.50.Available at evolutionofsmooth.com, Target and Wal-Mart stores. It’s so moisturizing, it can be used wet or dry.
Tip: Apply a numbing cream before hand to minimize pain.
Try: Tweezerman Slant Tweezers, $20; Threading at most local salons, call for details.
Tip: Test the product on a patch of skin first to determine skin’s sensitivity. Chemical burns are not a good look!
Try: Nair ShowerPower Hair Remover, $7.50
Waxing is convenient to those who cant be bothered to shave every day, as the smoothing effects last up to 4 weeks. Although you can buy a DIY kit, leave major hair removal *ahem* bikini *ahem*) to the professionals. Wax is spread over a patch of hair and covered with strips of cloth. Once the wax cools, the strip is quickly pulled away to remove the entire hair - root included.
Tip: Waxing does hurt a bit, but popping an ibuprofen about 45 minutes before helps dull pain and lessen swelling.
Try: At home- Bliss Poetic Waxing At Home Waxing Kit, $45 ; In salon- call your local salon/spa for details.