Thursday, April 30, 2009 | Tips & How-Tos
‘Tis the season for short shorts, skirts, swimsuits…and the dreaded hair removal that goes along with them. Sure, life would be easier if we didn’t have to worry about annoying—and sometimes embarrassing—stubble, but baring silky-smooth legs isn’t nearly as tedious or painful as it used to be. (Ancient hair removal techniques included shaving with shells and plucking each hair individually—ouch!)
To those of you who aren’t concerned with such trifling rituals (Julia Roberts at the 1999 premier of Notting Hill comes to mind), more power to ‘ya; but for those who want to be fuzz-free, check out this Pür Minerals hair removal guide.
Shaving – Razors now come in a variety of styles that are geared to remove hair and look pretty in your bathroom. Look for a razor with a moisturizing strip to replace skin’s natural oils that are stripped away while shaving. Exfoliate just prior to shaving and moisturize directly afterward to help keep skin hydrated. Shaving is by far the cheapest and quickest hair removal solution, but the drawback is that hair grows back quickly, so you may have to do it every day.
Waxing – Whether you’re going to the salon/spa or using an at-home wax kit, hair should be grown out at least 1/4 inch before waxing. Depending on hair thickness, waxing can keep your legs hair-free for six to eight weeks. Another bonus is that waxing pulls the hair out at the root, which makes it come in finer and lighter when it eventually grows back. On the downside, the process has been known to be a bit painful and irritating. Dust sensitive areas with talc to keep the wax from sticking to your skin.
Depilatories – Depilatory creams have come a long way since the days of Nair’s classic “if you dare wear short shorts” campaign in 1975. These days, depilatories can dissolve hair in as little as two minutes and leave skin soft and smooth for weeks. Look for a formula that contains moisturizing ingredients to keep skin supple and hydrated. And remember, depilatory creams are chemical-based, so avoid sun exposure for at least 24 hours afterward.
Lasers – Considered by many to be the latest and greatest development in hair removal, lasers can remove hair permanently after 3 to 5 treatments, and with minimal pain. Unfortunately, this can set you back hundreds to thousands of dollars, so it’s not always the best option. Laser hair removal is different than electrolysis, which entails the use of an electric current applied through a needle to remove hair. Electrolysis is more painful than laser therapy, and works better on small areas such as the upper lip and eyebrows.
For more ways to get silky-smooth legs this season, shop the Pür Minerals skin care collection.