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It's officially summer, ladies! Time to bring out this season's must-haves: tank tops, sunnies, slippahs, bronzer, sunscreen, facial mist, and the chicest pair of shorts! Most importantly, now is the time to show off those gorgeous gams! But first things first, we want to make sure that our legs are uber sexy-smooth after a long period of hibernation. Who's up for the mission? It only takes 3 steps...
1. Exfoliate to slough off dead skin cells. It's no rocket-science but exfoliating at least twice a week leaves the skin looking smoother and radiant. In the mood for some DIY? I shared a very easy sugar body scrub here.
2. Hair-free legs, here we come! It's no secret that I shave my legs every few days but it can get nasty at times, what with razor cuts! While laser hair removal is a great option, you and I know that it's pricey. Depending on the area to be treated and where you live, it can run anywhere from $300 to $1000 per session. Waxing is also another alternative, that is if you don't mind occasional skin burn and bruising. Another option is using an epilator, a device that mechanically pulls multiple hairs simultaneously. It's like tweezing times 100. Does it hurt? if it's your first time, yes it does but c'mon you survived your childhood immunizations so it should be easy-peasy. I'm not new to epilator so my pain threshold is nil.
Recently, I had the chance to try another brand, the Emjoi eRase e60 ($79.95). It has 60 tweezers, electrically-operated, and travel-friendly. It can be used for legs, bikini line, underarms and facial hairs.
Coming from someone who has a lot of hair (coarse for that matter, no thanks to shaving), it took me all of 15 minutes, from legs to bikini line, to remove majority of my hairs. I didn't have irritation or redness but since I have thicker hairs, I missed some areas so I had to re-do everything the following day in broad daylight. Regrowth is relative; booklet says up to six weeks but with me, it's three days. As mentioned, this device is easy to use. Press and slide the button up to select your desired speed: Level 1 for fine hair and sensitive areas, Level 2 for coarse hair. Work in small sections, move it back and forth as you please. For stubborn hair, I recommend holding the skin taut surrounding the area. Got hair in your upper lips? you can attach the "sensitive cover" to hide some of the tweezers. Brave enough like me? just hold it in an angle so that you are only using few tweezers to pull out those unsightly facial hairs.
3. Moisturize and glow! Finally, moisturize your legs with body oil or body butter. Faux self-tanner is a nice option but if you just want radiant legs that elicit double take ala- celebrity, use shimmer lotion!
Do you use epilators?