Summerize Your Body
Legs and Bikini Area
Summerize it! Whether you're in shorts, a bathing suit, or a skirt, smooth and silky legs are a hot-weather must. With so many hair-removal options out there, how do you choose the best method for you? Consider for how long you want your legs to stay smooth, suggests Cindy Barshop, owner of Completely Bare Spa, in New York City. Shaving offers the most immediate results, especially with the newest razors, which feature shaving gel or cream built around the razor -- but regrowth is also the quickest. Depilatories, which use a chemical ingredient to dissolve hair both above and just below the skin's surface, usually take three to five minutes to work (coarse hair may take longer), and the regrowth time is about twice as long as shaving. Waxing gives you the longest period between regrowth and the smoothest results for coarse hair, but the ouch factor can be significant. To minimize pain and ingrown hairs, Barshop says to "make sure you have at least a half-inch of hair to remove, apply the wax in the direction of growth and pull it up in the opposite direction, keeping the wax as close to skin as possible as you pull."
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