Leave it to Good Housekeeping to find out the exact cost and the convenience of removing hair yearly.
As one of America’s most trusted brands in product and quality, the magazine’s report breaks down methods into four methods: shaving, waxing, depilatory creams and epilators.
Costing $139 yearly, the cheapest way to get rid of hair is cut it off clean. Suggesting an every-other-day shave, Good Housekeeping reports “blades should be replaced about every two weeks” and not monthly for “maximum safety efficacy.” And to get the greatest results, “hydrate first with shaving cream or oil to guard skin and improve glide. Rinse blades often to unclog.” Giving the best razor award to Schick Hydro Silk TrimStyle, $14, the magazine boasts the five blade shaver works “in a stroke without nicking or irritating skin.”
A bit warmer, waxing is also listed even cheaper than blades, believe it or not. Coming in at $69 a year, waxing should only be performed a couple of times a month maximum, and “you must wait for about 1/8 inch of hair growth and may need to repeat to get it all,” says Good Housekeeping. They suggest Nad’s Body Wax Strips, which cost $8 per package and are simple to use, nearly painless and unmessy, leaving skin hair-free for around two weeks.
No pain, but plenty of mess, rinse-off depilatory creams cost $468 annually, according to the magazine. Made to dissolve hair, “the chemicals in depilatories can give off a pungent odor and carry a risk of causing skin reactions,” reports Good Housekeeping. Promoting Simply GiGi Shower-Off Hair Remover for Body for $18, which can be found at any Sally Beauty Supply, the magazine claims best results by suggesting “a patch test on a small area of skin first - and don't leave it on for longer than the package instructs.”
Lastly, an epilator, with rotating tweezer-like prongs, pluck hair at the root, causing it to grow in slower and finer. The average device goes for under a $100, and a good buy is the $70 Panasonic ES-ED50 Shaver & Epilator System. The magazine recommends using the device every two to four weeks, and as with waxing, waiting for a bit of growth first.
“There is ouch potential, and you have to move carefully around delicate spots,” says Good Housekeeping, noting that for preeminent results it’s best to “use on bare wet or dry skin, and clean your device as indicated on the box after each use.”
So don’t be fooled by high-priced products and brands that promise permanent hair removal that are painless and fragrant free, because they don’t exist; rather look for the aforementioned products that are a good bang for your buck.
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