With the summer around the corner it’s time to start thinking about swapping those suffocating jeans for shorts and floaty skirts. But if you’re going to go uber short with your clothing, you must have sexy smooth legs first. Keeping your legs in tip top, hairless condition will ensure we look and feel great, but as we’resure most of you know, keeping your pins looking at their best all summer is not an easy job.
There are many techniques for hair removal, but which will keep our legs smooth for the longest?
Shaving may be the quickest and easiest option, taking just a few minutes of your time, but the results aren’t the best. Hair just get sliced off at the surface of the skin, not at the root, so it’s only a day or two before you start to see the hairs growing back in a stubble. Pretty soon, you’re shaving every other day. Also, these hairs become sharp where the razor has sheared them, and if you’re not careful there is the possibility of cutting your skin as well as getting razor burn, which is also very common.
Another popular technique is depilation, which uses a chemical based cream to break down the hair at the base. That way, when you wipe the cream off 5 to 10 minutes later, all the hair comes away with it. This is a great option for people with a low tolerance for pain and there’s not much time spent on it either. It also means that there are no accidental razor cuts and can easily be done at home.
This is a very commonly used technique for ridding your legs of unwanted hairs. You can buy ready to use strips from Veet, and do it yourself from the comfort of your own bathroom. It may take a little longer than shaving, but you should expect to be hairless for 2 to 4 weeks! Be sure to exfoliate around twenty-four hours before, to ward off ingrown hairs and to keep your legs super soft.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
Whilst talking about longer lasting hair removal, IPL has to get a mention, but as with anything there are pros and cons. It is less costly than laser, and works in a similar sort of way, but has some advantages. IPL can permanently reduce hair growth*, and all though it might take more sessions than with other treatments, such as laser, it can be done from the comfort of your own home.
Laser Hair Removal
Along with IPL, you can try laser hair removal, which works by destroying the hair follicle using a strong beam of light. The treatment is considered a less painful option. However, some re-growth can be expected with laser hair removal. Both IPL and Laser hair removal are not suitable for all skin types, so it’s worth consulting a healthcare professional or beautician to understand the risks of different procedures based on your skin type.
Some of these options work better for one type of person over another regardless of how long they last, so to each their own! Everyone will have a favourite method, so keeping this advice in mind, just do whatever works best for you. Whichever you use, be sure to moisturise your legs afterwards to keep your skin radiant and hydrated. Also drink lots of water to increase the skin’s hydration. Once you’re done, why not treat yourself to a pedicure and a new pair of shoes to finish off your perfect legs for the summer? Average reduction of hair by 54% at three months, and 50% at 18 months post the last treatment – study with 62 people.