At home hair removal
Summer usually means having to dust off your razor so you’re ready for the skirt and shorts season. But with a whole host of new options on removing unwanted body hair at home now, getting smooth skin has never been easier. We run through our favourites.
This is arguably still the easiest way to get rid of body hair, but lasts the least amount of time. To keep your legs smooth for longer, choose a good scrub and exfoliate first to remove any dead skin cells. Pick your razor carefully – it’s often worth investing in a more expensive one and then just buying head replacements when you need to. A good option is Gillette Venus Swirl Flexiball Women's Razor, which makes it easier to get around difficult areas such as knees and ankles. It’s also very important to shave upwards, against the direction of hair growth, to reduce the likelihood of shaving cuts or nicks.
If you’re not comfortable using a razor then a hair removal cream is a good alternative. The foul smells of these creams are a thing of the past and they come in a variety of options. If you want a quick and easy way of getting rid of stubbly leg hair, then why not give Veet In-Shower Hair Removal Cream a go? Simply smooth on the cream with the soft side of the sponge before your shower, wait two minutes and then step into the shower. Use the rough side of the sponge to remove the cream and the hair along with it.
Many women avoid this method due to the pain involved but it’s very short lived and the results last a lot longer than waxing. The only downside is that you generally have to wait until the hair is a little longer than you would for waxing. If you want to give it a go, it’s worth trying a box of wax strips before investing in a home waxing kit. Pick up some Nad's Body Wax Strips 20s next time you’re out shopping and give it a try.
This is perhaps the most painful hair removal method and is only advisable for those with a higher pain threshold. However, you do get used to the discomfort and it is a cost effective way of getting rid of hair. Epilators vary drastically in price, but a sensible choice is the Philips SatinSoft HP6522/01 Wet & Dry Epilator. As the name suggests, you can use it on wet and dry skin and it also comes with a shaving attachment if you don’t get on with epilating.
Hair reduction devices
The popularity of hair reduction devices has increased dramatically over the past few years, mainly due to the lowering in price of them. Give Panasonic’s ES-WH90 IPL Hair Removal System a go – the more you use it the smoother your skin becomes. It’s also suitable to use on your arms, face, legs, underarms and bikini line. The no!no! ULTRA is also a good choice – it uses heat to remove the hair, so it’s pain free and ensures the hair grows back soft and not stubbly. It might be an expensive way to start with but imagine how much you’ll save in the long run if you never have to buy another razor or box of wax strips again?