Make the most of your fave hair removal option
TEAM QUICK FIX
Shaving wins points when it comes to a convenient and speedy way to remove body hair. But it pays to time a session just right. “Shaving a few hours before you hit the beach or pool is a no-no. Your skin is vulnerable to the stinging effects of chlorine and salt water, as well as suntan lotions and sunscreens that contain alcohol,” says Christine Jew, brand manager for Women’s Shave at Edgewell Personal Care, “Plan ahead to avoid irritation.” Freshly shaved skin needs breathing room from daily essentials, like deodorant and antiperspirant, too. Jew advises to let skin rest for at least 30 minutes before putting anything on it. “To save wait time in the morning, try shaving at night,” she says. For the smoothest results, your razor shouldn’t head off to a shaving party solo. Make shave gel its plus one. “Ingredients like lanolin and vitamin E can help replenish skin’s moisture, leaving your legs soft and healthy-looking. And the rich lather helps you see where you’ve shaved and where you haven’t — so with gel as your guide, no spots can hide!” says Jew.
TEAM LONG-TERM SOLUTION
As a monthly one-stop option for hair removal, waxing makes good sense. The process removes hair from the follicle, or root, to deliver enhanced smoothness. “You’ll get flawless results that last three to four weeks, plus waxing stunts the hair growth so it starts to minimize,” says Amy Finnegan Burns, leader educator at WAXON Waxbar, with locations in Ontario and Halifax. There are several perks to visiting a professional. “Waxologists are fast — ours can complete a Brazilian in 15 minutes — and speed is good for the nerve endings. Holding skin taut is also important to reduce pain. With self-waxing you tend not to be as stretched out as if you’re getting it done on a table. Plus, we use different types of wax for different types of skin and hair,” says Finnegan Burns. Of course, going the DIY
route is always an option. Follow her checklist for smooth sailing:
• Prep skin by cleansing so the wax product can adhere properly. If needed, trim hair first — the ideal length is a little longer than a grain of rice.
• Always apply wax in the direction of hair growth and remove it against hair growth.
• Avoid bruising by working quickly, but safely, to pull the wax strip back on itself. The ideal action is a wrist flick versus yanking up.
• Post-wax, cleanse again and use serum or lotion with aloe vera, chamomile or tea tree oil to cool and calm skin.
• Use a sugar-based scrub to exfoliate two to three times a week, removing dead skin cells reduces the formation of ingrown hairs and aids hydration.
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