summer beauty tips

Bare It All: Summer Hair Removal Guide

June 6, 2011 at 10:00 am , by

While June 21st is officially the start of summer, Memorial Day marks the unofficial kickoff of body baring season. But before the big reveal, make sure you’re as smooth as you want to be: We’ve rounded up the latest ways to get fuzz-free fast.

Veet Fast Acting Gel Cream, $10
Slather it on, let it sit; swipe it (and stubble) off. Yes, it’s really that easy.


Philips Bikini Perfect, $50
If creams and waxes aren’t your thing, try a bikini trimmer that’s sensitive-skin friendly. This one works on batteries, both in and out of the shower.


BareEase & Cream, $25
This paper panty and numbing cream kit takes the guesswork and pain out of bikini waxing. On its own, the panty also works well to keep depilatory cream away from the part of your bikini line that you want to leave intact.

BareEase And Cream

Sally Hansen Brush-on in-Shower Hair Remover, $8
No one likes to slather on a depilatory then wait outside the shower for the stuff to work. This formulation works while you shower, and with the built-in brush, you don’t have to get your hands dirty.

Sally Hansen
Nair Hair Removal Cool Gel, $8
It’s a fuzz-clearing classic, except this version is clear, cool, and odor-free.

Nair Cool Gel

Beauty Coach: Keep Your Cool

May 27, 2010 at 11:55 am , by

I usually love being a beauty guinea pig—except when it’s time to test out the new antiperspirants and deodorants. It’s nerve-wracking to leave the house not knowing whether you’re going to end up with sweaty pit stains or stinky BO. Luckily, you don’t need to go through the same trial-and-error because I’ve put together a list of my favorite formulas, just in time for summer!

Need extra TLC? If you have sensitive underarm skin, avoid sprays and gels which can be  irritating.  Dove Ultimate Beauty Care Light Radiance passes my ultimate test because it doesn’t irritate freshly shaved skin and doesn’t leave marks on your clothes.

Are you a multi-tasker? Secret Smooth Effects AP/deodorant keeps you fresh and dry, and softens underarm hair so you can skip a shave or two without noticing stubble.

Do you sweat like a Super Soaker? Use an industrial strength antiperspirant that contains  higher levels of aluminum salts than the usual fare. I like BAN Clinical Roll-on or Certain Dry Anti-Perspirant Solid.

degreeAre you anti antiperspirant? If you’re concerned about blocking your pores, skip traditional AP’s and stick to a deodorant. Just remember, it will protect you from odor, not from sweat. I love the honeysuckle and tea tree oil scent in Degree Women Natureffects Deodorant Solid. Lavanila Healthy Deodorant in Pure Vanilla also has a natural, clean scent.

Want to try something like Botox? Did you know you can get Botox injections to prevent heavy sweating? It’s effective but expensive, so for an over-the-counter option try DERMAdoctor Med e Tate towelettes. Our assistant beauty editor Mandy loves this formula for high-sweat occasions like summer weddings, however she warns that you need to top it with deodorant because it only fights sweat and not odor.

Want more hot-weather beauty tricks and product picks? Check out our June story on the best ways to get your skin ready for summer.