With the summer around the corner it’s time to start thinking about swapping those suffocating jeans out for shorts and flowy skirts. Of course we all want sexy smooth legs to go with them! Keeping your legs in tip top condition will ensure you look and feel great, but as I’m sure most of you know, keeping your legs looking at their best all summer is not an easy job.
There are many techniques for hair removal but which will keep our legs smooth for the longest?
Shaving may be the quickest and easiest option, taking just a few minutes, but the results aren’t the best. Hairs just get sliced off at the surface, not the root, so it’s only a day or two before you start to see the hairs growing back and need to shave them off again. Also, these hairs become sharp where the razor has sheared them, and if you’re not careful there is the possibility of cutting your skin as well as razor burn, which is also very common.
Another popular technique is depilation which uses a chemical based cream to break down the hair at the base. That way, when you wipe the cream off 5 to 10 minutes later, all the hair comes away with it. This is a great option for people with a low tolerance for pain and lasts for around the same time as shaving. It also means no accidental razor cuts and can easily be done at home – Veet® even does spray-on removal creams, which can save you lots of time!
This is a very commonly used technique for ridding your legs of those unwanted hairs. You can buy ready to use strips from Veet, and do it yourself from the comfort of your own bathroom. It may take a little longer than shaving but you should expect to be hairless for 2-4 weeks! Be sure to exfoliate around twenty-four hours prior to waxing, to ward off ingrown hairs and keep your legs super soft.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
When talking about longer lasting hair removal, IPL has to get a mention, but as with anything there are pros and cons. It is less costly than salon laser treatments and works in a similar way. IPL can permanently reduce hair growth*, and all though it might take more sessions than with other treatments, such as laser, it can be done from the comfort of your own home.
Laser Hair Removal
Along with IPL, we have laser hair removal which works by destroying the hair follicle, this time with a strong beam of light. The treatment is considered a less painful option. However, some re-growth can be expected with laser hair removal. Both IPL and Laser hair removal are not suitable for all skin types, so it’s worth consulting a healthcare professional or beautician to understand the risks of different procedures.
Some of these options work better for one type of person over another regardless of how long they last, so to each their own! Everyone will have a favorite, so keep this advice in mind: just do whatever works best for you. Whichever you use, be sure to moisturize your legs afterwards and keep your skin radiant and hydrated by drinking lots of water. Once you’re done, why not treat yourself to a pedicure and a new pair of shoes to finish off your perfect leg look!
* Average reduction of hair by 54% at three months, and 50% at 18 months post the last treatment – study with 62 people.