Summer is right around the corner and so is the dreaded bikini. You may be getting into shape or just deciding what you are going to do to rid yourself of unwanted hair. Whatever the case, there are various methods and products available on the market to help with your bikini line, underarms, legs, and anywhere else where hair might be inhibiting your summer fun.
Razors have been my only means for shaving my legs, but years ago, I was getting cuts frequently with my cheap, disposable razors. One day, I decided to use my boyfriends Gillette Mach3 Turbo and I haven’t been back since. With a lubricating strip and enhanced micro fins, this three-blade razor promises a close, comfortable shave without nicks and is safe to use anywhere.
For smoother results, I recommend products by Nair. Nair promises better results that last days longer than shaving and instead of cutting the hair like razors, Nair removes hair from below the surface for a softer touch. I only usually use Nair for my bikini line so “bikini cream” is just right producing a stubble-free area that doesn’t grow back for about three days. Nair’s bikini cream is available at Wal-mart for about $4 and also comes in an easier glide-on version. If you can’t stand the smell of original Nair products, look for the new lotions that come in fresh scents like cucumber melon and cocoa butter.
What about wax? If you’re brave enough to try at-home wax, try Bliss’s Poetic Cosmetic Waxing Kit. I found that this kit is actually organic, containing oils and infused with aromatherapy. Bliss’s kit includes the wax, large and small spatulas, cleanser, lotion, and a cute little mug. Available at Sephora for $40.
When I get sick of maintaining my bikini line, I go for the Brazilian bikini wax. What it is: very thorough waxing that removes every last bit of hair except a thin landing strip. Yes, it is painful, but the results are amazing and can last up to 4 weeks. Available at Spa Sydell for $65 plus tip. If the Brazilian wax isn’t your cup of tea, try a regular bikini wax, which can be just as painful, but produces the same results, for about $35 at any spa.
If you’re looking for a more extreme result for hair removal that actually lasts, look into laser hair removal. Laser hair removal uses a pulsating laser light to remove unwanted hair pretty much anywhere including the upper lip, bikini line, back, legs, and underarms. Although laser hair removal may require more than one treatment to get rid of all of the hair, the procedure produces long-term and even permanent results. Averaging about $388 per treatment, laser hair removal can be performed by a certified dermatologists or dermatologic surgeon.
Any way you chose to remove your unwanted hair, make sure you use the right products to soothe your skin and prevent bumps, burn, and especially ingrown hairs. Try Tend Skin, a product available from Sephora for about $25. Useful for both men and women, Tend Skin is useful for any cosmetic problem related to hair removal.
C.O. Bigelow also offers a light after-shave lotion infused with eucalyptus oil and antioxidant grape seed oil that soothes skin from irritation. This product is fragrance-free and dermatologist tested for people with sensitive skin and can be found for $24 at Bath and Body Works.
Whichever way you chose to remove unwanted hair, make sure it is the right technique for you, especially if you chose laser hair removal. If anything, make sure to stay attentive to your skin to prevent serious razor burn, bumps, nicks, or ingrown hairs. Doing this will keep your newly smooth skin healthy.