Beach season is here and if you’re still wrestling with ingrowns, stubble, and shadows, update your hair removal routine with these new strategies.
Depilatories used to be synonymous with stinky creams and goopy messes, but the newest versions of these hair removal creams are stink-free and easy to use. We love the Ready Betty Ultimate Stylin’ Kit for Down There, which features a sweet-smelling, conditioning hair remover, trimmer, scissors and eight different stencils so you can customize your, ahem, hairstyle.
If you prefer to shave, then check out Shaveworks The Cool Fix. This after-shave gel uses exfoliating agents to kill bacteria and help release trapped hair from under the skin, reducing those nasty razor bumps, ingrown hairs and splotches of razor burn.
Waxing at home always takes some practice, but the new Sally Hansen Naturally Bare Waxing Strips for Faces & Little Spaces are the easiest strips we’ve ever used. Since they’re smaller than most waxing strips, they’re great for getting those hard to reach places like your bikini line, belly, knuckles and toes.
There’s some good news for women with dark skin tones who are interested in laser hair removal. Lasers work by zapping dark melanin in hair strands, but until recently the beams were unable to tell the difference between melanin in a hair versus melanin in the skin. This meant that women with dark skin couldn’t get the maximum benefits of laser hair removal and were also at a higher risk of scarring. Now, according to Cindy Barshop, founder of Completely Bare salons in New York City, the latest generation of lasers is able to distinguish between hair melanin and skin melanin, making them safe for women with darker skin. But you still have to be extra careful when using a laser on darker tones. “When dark skin gets burned, it removes the pigmentation from the skin, causing scars that are significantly lighter than your natural skin tone. You can’t put pigmentation back into the skin,” warns Barshop.