Hair Removal : Prep Yourself!

If you lust after silky smooth legs, there are a number of techniques you can use. In this guide, we outline some preparation tips to make the hair removal process as easy as possible so you can get even better results.

Shaving

Shaving is one of the most common methods of hair removal, it’s quick, easy and you have results in minutes.

Firstly, you should always thoroughly wash your legs before shaving so if you cut yourself, you will be less likely to get an infection. Also, having a hot bath or shower will allow your skin to soak up the moisture and soften the hairs.

Next, exfoliate your body using a loofah or exfoliating gloves to get rid of any dead skin and cover your legs with shaving cream or gel. This will help to prevent any cuts from the blades and help to keep your skin moisturised throughout.

Contrary to popular belief, you should shave in the direction your hairs naturally grow - as shaving against will irritate the skin and may lead to ingrown hairs.[1]

Always ensure you are using a good razor too – this will reduce the risk of razor burn and nasty cuts, in addition to giving you smoother, longer lasting results!

Creams

Depilatory creams have become a much more popular method of hair removal in recent times.

Before smearing on the cream, remember to exfoliate to get rid of dead skin and wash off any other creams or lotions from your skin.

There are a range of different forms of depilatory creams. Some you can keep on your legs while you shower and others you just apply from three to ten minutes, depending on the cream, and wipe away with a damp cloth. Remember to read the instructions before applying the cream and always perform a patch test 24hours in advance.

Veet offers a range of hair removal creams that are perfect for those who want smooth legs, underarms and bikini lines without the fuss.

Depilatory creams dissolve the hair down to the root leaving you with smooth skin for around 48 hours longer than it would be if you had shaved.

Waxing

Whether you are going to a salon or using a home wax kit, this method of hair removal may be the most daunting; simply because it can be perceived as more painful than other hair removal methods. 

However, it lasts much longer than shaving or depilatory creams. To prepare for a wax you should always allow your hair to grow to at least 2mm to ensure you get optimal results[2].

If you are doing this at home, you have a wide range of choices in the type of wax you choose. In recent years, hot wax has become more popular as you can be more precise in the application and the process is less painful as the warmth opens up your pores. It is recommended to patch test on the area of skin to be waxed 24 hours before waxing to ensure no skin irritation occurs.[3]

It is always worth reading up on which types of wax suit which body parts best beforehand.

These tips can help you make the most out of your hair removal regime, to ensure you have silky smooth legs for longer!

 

[1] http://www.shave.com/know-how/

[2] http://hairremoval.about.com/od/waxing/f/Waxing-Hair-Length.htm

[3] http://www.waxaway.com.au/faqs/