Fess up: What mom doesn't save time in the winter by not shaving? But now we're in the hottest stretch of summer, when shorts and tank tops are lifesavers, so you've gotta do what you've gotta do. Here's our take on the various ways to get smooth skin:
- Shaving is still the quick and cheap route. To prevent nicks, shave at the end of your shower, when hair is softer and easier to cut. Smooth on shaving cream or gel (hair conditioner works in a pinch), then shave against the hair growth. For underarm hair (which grows in every direction), shave up, down, and side to side. For a smoother bikini shave, pull the skin taut to cut hair close to the root.
- Waxing is the long-lasting fix. It keeps hair away for up to six weeks. It's not pain-free, but then again, it's nothing like giving birth! Consider taking a pain reliever 30 minutes before you wax, or trying an over-the-counter topical pain reliever such as LMX Topical Anesthetic Cream, which numbs skin for up to an hour. (It's also recommended for babies before shots.)
- Depilatory (hair-removal) creams are a middle ground. You get really smooth skin with no pain, though you do have to battle the strong smell. It takes about 10 minutes for most products to work -- leaving them on longer than the suggested time can result in skin irritation. We like Sally Hansen's Spa Gel Hair Remover.