Hair removal has been around for a long time, though it’s more about beauty standards these days than surviving fights and avoiding lice. However hygienic or useful it is, though, it can be a literal pain, from irritated follicles to dry skin to confusing techniques. Here are the products that have best perfected the art of hair removal.
EOS Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream One of the most annoying things about shaving is the time commitment. You have to shower, you have to apply gel, you have to actually shave, you have to double-check for missed spots, and then you have to make sure you moisturize or face the wrath of your own angry, dry skin. This ultra-moisturizing shave cream from EOS cuts a few steps out of that equation with the simple addition of skin protectants. Its extra-rich texture helps cushion your skin from nicks and razor bumps, but it’s actually so conditioning that you can use it to moisturize your skin or even shave it dry. Choose from three yummy fragrances, or a scent-free sensitive formula.
Bliss Ingrown Eliminator Pads Post-adolescence, shaving is usually pretty free of pain and fuss when it comes to hair removal. When it hurts, though, it really hurts, and it can be really annoying. Meet the ingrown eliminator pad. Swipe between shaves with one of these convenient little guys, and oat extract and green tea antixoidants will soak away all of your pesky ingrowns.
Aveeno Ultra Calming Shave Gel If you haven’t picked up on this by now, let’s just be clear: many, many skin-related problems are solved by a good moisturiser with healthy ingredients that nourish your skin. Treating your skin well help you get a closer shave and a smoother finish with fewer bumps and ingrowns. Aveeno’s smoothing shave gel uses soy to calm down even the most sensitive skin for smoother, less irritated results.
Completely Bare Ouch Less Wax Skin The at-home bikini wax just got a lot less scary, thanks to this all-inclusive waxing kit. Completely Bare has thoughtfully assembled two different kinds of wax, spatulas (to apply the wax), mats (so you don’t get messy), wax strips, some prepping towelettes to make sure you’re fresh and clean before you start, some finishing towelettes to make sure you don’t leave wax on yourself, and even a little handheld mirror so you can see what you’re doing down there. It even includes a frisky Swarovski “Vajewel” for your bikini line, if you’re feeling particularly decorative...though it’s safe to place that anywhere on your skin, if that’s not your style. More importantly, it comes with an instruction booklet and a QR code that takes you to a further instructional video, so you will actually know what you’re doing. So save yourself some money and awkward interactions with the girl at the salon.
Shobha Sugaring Kit The bad news is, there’s not really a “natural” way to depilate hair, if that’s your removal method of choice. The good news is, this ancient Middle Eastern technique called “sugaring” has got your back. The best news: you don’t need to mash together your own DIY sugaring paste for an all-natural, inexpensive alternative to at-home wax jobs or tricky Nair. This kit by Shobha features a gel made of just sugar and water which naturally disintegrates body hair (and makes you smell like cookies rather than chemicals.) It also has awkward-proof spatulas to help you apply the mixture, a powder made of marshmallow root and white tea (sans talc) to disinfect and calm your skin down afterwards, and machine washable denim strips. With no fragrances, dyes, or otherwise questionable ingredients, this sugaring kit is an easy and effective method that’s all sweet and no sour. Extra bonus: the formula is gentle enough to use pretty much anywhere on your body -- no need to switch methods for your different hair-removal needs.