Shave, wax and zap that unwanted body hair for smooth summer-ready skin
There are so many reasons to love being a woman, but being locked in a battle against body hair is not one of them. Whether you shave your legs on an ad-hoc ‘need to show’ basis or have six-weekly appointments with a waxer, most of us just want the best body hair removal products with a minimum of fuss, cost and ouch factor.
Professional body hair removal is a great option for those with the budget and time for regular salon appointments, but for the rest of us there are plenty of great do-it-yourself options at home.
Loyal shaver and want to stay that way? There's no reinventing the wheel when it comes to razers, but Venus' new mini 5-Blader with moisture bars is certainly handy. Pop it in your travel case, gym kit or handbag and never experience 'I missed a patch' fear again.
There's no way around it, epilating does hurt (a little) but new Braun Silk-epil 9 is the most user-friendly device we've tried yet. It can be used wet or dry, had a super-wide head so take less time, and uses high-frequency massage vibrations to make the process as comfortable as possible. The payoff? Smooth skin for up to four weeks.
Bliss do a nice line in spa-quality products to use at home, including this natty gadget. Trim & Bear It is more about keeping things neat and tidy than total hair removal, making the trimmer head ideal for the bikini line, the micro-shaver great for underarms and the precision trimmer perfect for any places you would rather not admit having hair at all (ahem, nostrils)
This is a total breeze to use, and a bargain too! Infused with argan oil and cocoa butter to hydrate skin while it works, you only need to leave Nair Power Shower on for a few minutes to dissolve hair painlessly and without that telling 'I've been removing hair in here!' scent taking over your bathroom.
Sometimes it's lack of time for an appointment that prevents us from regular waxing, so this spa-like DIY warm waxing kit is perfect. The little discs take their time to melt - around 30 minutes - but once ready they hold their temperature indefinitely, smell like a dream, smooth on and pull off with ease. You can also keep any you don't use for next time, so there's no wastage.
This must be the most hassle-free hair reduction treatment we've come across yet. Just rub Inhibitif Advanced Hair Free Serum wherever you want finer hair and less of it twice a day and your wish should be granted in within 8 weeks. It's not a total hair removal system, so if you want to wear a skirt right this second it might not be for you - great long term though.
Hot wax can be tricky, messy and painful, so if you're planning to de-fuzz small areas like your lower legs or bikini line, cold strips could be the answer. Parissa's Leg & Body variety are foolproof, just warm between your hands, press on, take a deep breath and zip off. The addition of Azulene oil helps soothe skin.
Yes, it's over £200, but if you start now, weekly bikini and underarm sessions with this cordless laser device will see you with around 70% less hair in six weeks - just in time for swimsuit season! Tria make a larger device too that's great for legs, both of them give permanent results, and are pretty comfortable to use (we felt only the slightest sting on the highest level)
Another long term solution, No!No! uses pulsed thermicon to remove hair painlessly and nigh-on permanently. Twice a week, slowly glide the device over the area you want to treat, then buff away the treated hair. You'll feel nothing except a pleasant heat, then within 6 weeks, you should be feeling nicely smooth with only top-ups required. This is a great long-term solution for all skin types and tones, as it doesn't use IPL which can be unsuitable for darker skin. Love the gold colour too - exclusive to Harrods for summer '15.