Summer is now upon us and for many people, this means counting down the days to a break at home or abroad. Before you know it, it’ll be time to think about preparing for your holiday! It’s simply too hot for tights, so now is the time to step up the summer body maintenance, and de-fuzz!

The most cost-effective way to tackle hair removal is at home, and we’ve got some top tips on how to be hair-free and have perfect pins and amazing underarms this summer.

Shaving

Shaving is the quickest and easiest way to remove hair in a flash. Follow our top tips to reduce cuts and nicks:

• Remove dead skin cells from your legs by exfoliating with a scrub or sisal pad, which will provide a fresh surface for shaving. Let your hair and skin get wet for about two to four minutes, but not so long that your follicles start to swell up.

• Shaving cream helps the razor glide over the skin, and also helps you keep track of where you’ve shaved. If you run out of gel, grab some olive oil from the kitchen; just a few drops can lubricate the skin and help avoid irritation.

• Use a new razor, as sharper blades provide a more even shave. Razors with multiple blades can help reduce irritation.

• Start at your ankle, and with long upwards strokes, shave against the grain. Aim for smooth, even strokes. Keep rinsing the razor to unclog the blades and to keep them wet.

• Prevent irritation by shaving in the direction of the hair growth. For underarms, you’ll need to shave in every direction as underarm hair grows in a variety of different angles.

• After shaving, finish by moisturising your legs; this will help soothe the skin and leave them feeling lovely and soft

Waxing

If you have the time, this is possibly the best approach for a holiday as waxing can keep you fuzz-free for up to a couple of weeks, so your razor can be left at home! Here are our tips for a pain-free wax:

• Trim your hair to around ¼ inch prior to waxing, which is long enough for the wax to be able to grab onto the hair

• Exfoliate before waxing to remove dead skin and clean the skin, this will enable the wax to remove the hair at the follicle, creating longer lasting effects

• Dust some talc onto the areas to be waxed, to absorb excess moisture and improve the grip of the wax

• When you get to the waxing, follow the instructions on the pack. If you’re using a hot wax, be sure not to overheat the wax as burns can be painful. Remember to pull the strips quickly! It’s less painful when you keep your hand as close to the skin as possible.

• After waxing, a damp cloth over the shaved area can sooth irritation. Remove any traces of wax with a removal wipe, most wax kits provide them. If you’ve run out, baby oil does the trick just as well!

• Try to avoid baths and heavy exercise within 24 hours of waxing, to prevent infection

• Wait a couple of days, then exfoliate daily to prevent ingrown hairs

Hair removal cream

Also known as depilatory cream, this handy little hair removal solution dissolves hair at the root so it can be longer lasting than shaving. It’s less painful than waxing, so a good compromise between the two.

• Before using hair removal cream, it’s always a good idea to test a small patch of skin, and wait a few hours to check you don’t have a reaction.

• If you shower first, it will soften the hair and make it easier to remove.

• Always follow the timings on the pack carefully to prevent irritation or burns.

• Ensure you spread the cream on smoothly and evenly, so you don’t end up with patchy looking legs.

• Moisturise your skin afterwards, or try an aloe vera gel to help soothe your skin.

Epilating

Continual advances in technology have made epilating much less painful! It plucks hairs from the root, and can be safer and cleaner than using hot wax and waxing strips.

• Before you use an epilator, take a hot bath or shower so the skin is soft and pores are open, but ensure your skin has been thoroughly dried.

• Make sure your epilator is nice and clean to prevent it from pulling hairs, which can be painful.

• Always use the epilator against the direction of hair growth. Make sure the heads touch your leg together at 90 degrees, for it to be most effective. Don’t apply too much pressure, just let the epilator glide.

• If you find you are getting hot and sweaty while using an epilator, apply talcum powder to absorb the sweat.

• Some people find using an epilator a little painful at first. If so, keep switching between the areas you are focusing on.

• Prevent irritation and keep those legs looking great by moisturising after epilating. Try not to epilate just before your holiday or a big event in case of any redness

• For all your hair removal needs, pop online to Wilko.com or nip into your nearest Wilko store. We have everything you need to ensure you are prepared to bare this summer!

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