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Hair-Removal Tips Every Woman Should Know

  • Stay Smooth All Summer Long

    We interviewed esthetician to the stars Renee Rouleau, who owns salons in NYC, LA and Dallas, on how to get smooth, hair-free skin for the summer. Click through to see her product picks.

    Waxing: Apply to clean, dry skin in the same direction as hair growth and pull off in the opposite direction. Rouleau recommends removing strips slowly—although it might be a bit painful—to get every last hair. Wait a few hours to shower as hot water may exacerbate any redness. Bonus: Lasts up to four weeks.

    Shaving: Start with shaving gel, which creates a barrier between the blade and your skin. Get as close as possible to the roots by gliding the razor upward. Follow with a moisturizer. If your skin is sensitive, look for one containing chamomile and aloe. Bonus: It's a super-speedy method.

    Depilatory: Spread cream in a thick, even layer and let sit for five to seven minutes, depending on hair length and texture (longer, thicker hair requires more time). Remove with a warm, damp washcloth. Redness can occur, so avoid exposure to sun, cold water and perfume for a few hours. Bonus: Lasts up to four days and works on all hair lengths—even stubble.

  • Gillette Venus & Olay Sugarberry Razor, $10

    The moisture bar makes for an ultra-hydrating shave.

  • Veet EasyWax Electrical Roll-On Kit, $40

    The self-heating device keeps wax at a constant temperature for easy application.

  • Aveeno Stress Relief Lotion, $8

    Hydrating yet nongreasy, this moisturizer contains oatmeal and chamomile to soothe skin.

  • Skintimate Skin Therapy Moisturizing Shave Gel Sensitive Skin, $3

    Foams into a rich, creamy lather to prevent cuts.

  • Nair Brazilian Spa Clay Total Care Face Trio, $13

    Prep, remove and soothe with this 3-in-1 depilatory kit.