Bikini season is upon us, which means we're hitting the gym regularly and getting more familiar with razors, waxes, and other hair removal treatments. We checked in with hair removal experts and tried out some new products to find out the best ways to remove hair this season.
When we think of bikini waxes, the first word that comes to mind is "ouch!" But it doesn't have to be that way, says Cindy Barshop, owner of Completely Bare salon and former Real Housewives star. You can reduce the coarseness of your hair follicles, which will make waxing less painful, by applying Completely Bare Don't Grow There Body Balm ($10, available at CVS in July). It contains an ingredient called capislow, which helps thin hair, not to mention all its fabulous shea butter moisture!
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But don't worry if you haven't prepared that far in advance. You can use BareEase & Cream Prep Kit for Ouchless Hair Removal ($25, Bigelowchemists.com) to ease the pain. Apply a little pain-relieving cream on your bikini area, and then put on the panties provided for 30 minutes. The result? A much more bearable bikini wax.
More than any other hairy part of the body, armpits seem to get the most attention when it comes to hair removal. If you're one to shave every single day, or even every other day, you could be suffering from some major ingrown hairs. For those ladies, we recommend Sally Hansen Zero Bumps Bikini Spray ($7, Ulta.com). Although it's designed for the bikini area, we used it on our underarms and found it equally as effective at preventing ingrown.
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Have you ever heard that shaving will cause hair to grow back twice as fast? Complete fiction, Cindy says. Your hair grows back as fast and as thick as it always does. However, waxing or laser hair removal actually zaps the entire follicle, making hair seem less coarse. To get a really clean shave, Cindy recommends exfoliating your skin before you shave; this will remove an excess, dead skin and get you as close to the skin as possible. Pre-exfoliating will also prevent nasty ingrown hairs, she added.
Another trick is to use a really thick shaving cream, like Whish Shave Cream ($20, Whishbody.com), which is incredibly moisturizing (no lotion needed!). When it comes to using a heavy cream the density helps your hairs to stand out straight so you can reach every last hair for a clean shave.