Summer Hair Removal Tips

When it comes to achieving stubble-free skin for summer, salon waxing and in-office laser hair removal treatments are the gold standard.

Although some might argue for a quicker (and cheaper) fix at home, women can turn to razors and depilatories.  We found some tricks of the trade that will help you be more careful if you choose the “at home” way.

How to avoid razor burn, ingrown hairs, and cuts?

We found the sleek Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor ($12.99) might be designed for men, but because it has five blades and a heavier handle, it gives a super-close crop in fewer passes.  We also found the best time to shave is at the end of a warm shower, when blood vessels are dilated, causing skin to plump and expose the entire base of the hair follicle better.  Warm water also softens hair so it doesn’t snap, helping prevent ingrown hairs. To avoid blade rust — and skin infections — swap out the blade every five to 10 shaves.

It is OK to shave every day as long as you keep the skin soft with a moisturizing shave cream, such as Skintimate Moisturizing Cream Shave Dry Skin ($3.99) with ultra-hydrating olive butter and white tea extract.

During the summer you may be hesitant to slather on a heavy body lotion.  But applying moisturizer over freshly shaven, still-damp skin will help minimize flakes and razor rash.

Also try Alba Botanica Very Emollient Body Lotion ($10.95), which is spiked with nourishing jojoba, a natural liquid oil rich in vitamin E.  It also has a healthy dose of sesame and avocado oils, which are easily absorbed skin softeners.

There are some advantages to using a depilatory, like Nair Shower Power-Sensitive ($6.99) but it isn’t as popular as shaving.  You’ll get a lower incidence of bumps and ingrown hairs and hair is removed at a deeper level, allowing a longer time for regrowth.  While the hair only needs to be stubble-length to work, a depilatory is best when used sparingly — every 10 days to two weeks. That’s because the formula’s chemicals, which break the bonds that hold hair together, can dry out skin.

If you choose to go the Salon and Spa way of removing your hair, PhillyHealthWatch recommends Lux Spa  for bikini, leg, and underarm wax (mention PHW and get 10% off). For laser hair removal we recommend Metro Laser – they will even give you a free consultation.  If you need more tips or places to go for hair removal email us at tips@phillyhealthwatch.com

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