HIGH-FIVE: HAIR REMOVAL
Five ways to get rid of hair sans sting, smell, or irritation.
Seashell tweezers. Flint razors. Goopy, messy waxes. Unwanted hair has a tortured history. But thanks to a little ingenuity and a lot of science, there are now plenty of painless ways to get out of a hairy situation, unscathed. Here, we strip away the notion that hair removal has to hurt with a selection of welcome improvements. MELISSA LANE
AGE-OLD COMPLAINT: It irritates my skin!
MODERN SOLUTION: Shaveworks The Cool Fix
This soothing blue gel alleviates the worst shaving woes—ingrown hairs, razor bumps, razor burn, and redness. The exfoliating formula not only releases trapped hairs from underneath the skin and prevents new ones, it also kills bacteria and calms irritated patches. All in all, a perfect reason for you and your razor to get close again.
AGE-OLD COMPLAINT: It burns. And then it stings!
MODERN SOLUTION: Bliss Poetic Waxing Starter Series
This low-heat, aromatherapy-based system shrink-wraps hair without adhering to your skin, while pre-waxing oil provides even more protection, which all adds up to a significantly less-painful experience than the standard wax. Hypoallergenic, it comprises calming chamomile extract, moisturizing aloe vera, lubricating apricot oil, and soothing rose flower oil. No stove necessary for this low-temperature wax: Just throw it in the microwave for 30 seconds (or longer depending on your preferred consistency).
CREAM DEPILATORY FOR BIKINI LINE
AGE-OLD COMPLAINT: It smells!
MODERN SOLUTION: Bliss ‘Fuzz’ Off Bikini Precision Hair Removal Cream
With remarkably less of the chemical odor than traditional depilatories, this cream also dispenses of any stinging and works in about five minutes. Bonus: An angled applicator affords you the precision and control to customize results and get the zig-zag pattern you’ve always wanted.
CREAM DEPILATORY FOR FACIAL HAIR
AGE-OLD COMPLAINT: It smells and it takes too long!
MODERN SOLUTION: Bliss ‘Fuzz’ Off Super-Fast, Fresh-Scented Facial Hair Removal Cream
Similar to the version for bikini, this facial depilatory is relatively fresh-scented and diligently supported by a coterie of soothing agents, in this case vitamin E and willow herb. Now, let’s talk speed. While the instructions suggest a three-minute application, we found it to be effective in as quickly as two minutes and sometimes even as fast as one. So proceed wisely: Time it conservatively and remain vigilant of any burning sensation—this is your personal cue to wrap things up and admire your now fuzz-free smile.
AGE-OLD COMPLAINT: Salon visits are expensive and schedule-intensive!
MODERN SOLUTION: Tria Hair Removal Laser 4X
Skip the salon altogether. And the lion’s share of the cost. As the only FDA-cleared laser for home use, the Tria offers the best option for permanent hair removal without the battery of pricey salon visits. However, it is important to note that it is mainly designed for contrasting skin and hair: It will work best with light skin—from fair to light-brown skintones—and dark hair—from light brown to black. If you have a darker skintone or grey, blonde, or red hair, it will unfortunately not work for you (yet).
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