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As the beautiful Vegas weather grows progressively warmer, clothing choices grow progressively scanter. Whether you are in a tank top, shorts, or a bathing suit, the common factor in all looks is how your skin looks and for most people, especially women, the lack of hair on that skin. Nothing is more diminishing to your self-confidence than realizing you forgot to shave your legs, armpits, or even the dreaded bikini line. For men too, a patch of missed facial hair can be cringeworthy.

The question is, how do you go about getting rid of unwanted hair. Is shaving or waxing the best way to go, and what about laser hair removal?

The decision really comes down to you and which commitment, if any, works in your day-to-day life.

Waxing demands organization and patience. Hair needs to be as long as a grain of rice before you set a waxing appointment or it won’t pull up with the wax successfully every time. Some people cannot handle the interim time between the hair surfacing and the hair being long enough to be effectively ripped out.

With wax you have options: hard wax or soft wax. Soft wax requires the use of muslin strips. Hard wax (which I love!) makes for more accuracy; the wax is laid on and the wax person (usually an esthetician) is able to see exactly where it ends up where with soft wax, the strip could cover the wax and its ability to squish into places unseen under the muslin strips. Hard wax also calls for more experience to apply.

If you have the patience for waxing, the European Wax Center (EWC) is fantastic – they are all over the Valley and offer a student discount for certain packages (buy a certain service three times and receive the fourth for free). For new customers in general (with a local ID), you are eligible for a free eyebrow, lip, or bikini line wax (any one of the three), or half off of a Brazilian wax if you are feeling brave.

EWC has a four-step process: first estheticians remove any make-up, oil or lotion. Second, they apply a pre-wax oil that makes it so that the wax only adheres to the hair and not the skin providing for a more comfortable experience. Next, they use EWC’s unique fragrance-free hard wax. Lastly, the technician applies the Ingrown Hair Serum which is also available for purchase. The Ingrown Hair Serum is alcohol free — meaning it won’t dry out the skin — and made with a small amount of glycolic acid to remove any dead skin cells and/or bacteria. It also contains tea tree oil to calm the skin and coffee and berry extract to keep the skin hydrated. EWC recommends visiting for your service every 3-4 weeks for best results.

I definitely suggest not waxing at home unless you are a professional because it is messy, possibly dangerous, and a recipe for disaster.

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Shaving is definitely easier, more cost effective and requires less preparation. Grab a razor, shave and a few minutes later you are smooth! Shaving is a daily task where waxing is every 2-4 weeks depending on the area; results of shaving don’t last as long as waxing. Razor burn is always a con of shaving but finding and using the right razor along with great exfoliation can ease that problem. There are cheap razors but also razors with moisture strips and other padded benefits. Try to stay away from fancy razors with three or more blades – a simple one or two blade(s) is best.

Bumps on the skin after waxing or shaving could be a combination of things; bumps could be bacteria caught under the skin creating the bump or an ingrown hair looking for a way to grow out.

Razor burn is a common with any kind of shaving. The tell-tale red bumps can be the product of a dull blade, being a little too intense or aggressive with the razor, or even using a soap or shaving cream that does not agree with your skin.

Ingrown hairs grow toward the skin surface but curve back down toward the root when they don’t make it through.

Easy ways to avoid razor burns, razor bumps and ingrown hairs is to shave in the same direction as the hair grown. For example, shave legs from thigh to ankles. Make sure you have a nice clean and sharp razor and rinse the blade between each shave stroke. You can also invest in a thicker shave cream made especially for sensitive skin. Using a good antiseptic or some tea tree oil is a good way to help calm any redness and remove bacteria from the skin. Laser hair removal is an investment. It is definitely the most expensive option but provides permanent results for most people.

The laser kills hair follicles by exposing unwanted hair to bursts of a laser’s light. If you’re interested in laser hair removal, keep in mind that quality treatments don’t often come with tiny price tags. The good news is, the better the quality, the less likely you are to incur any kind of scarring.

For care of smooth skin, make sure to moisturize and to also gently exfoliate on the days you do not shave. For waxing, exfoliate relatively soon before the removal of hair.

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