As we approach tank top and shorts weather, it’s time to start shaving again — or waxing, or sugaring, or however you like to get your legs smooth and stubble-free. But with salons across the country shuttered due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), we might have to get creative about our hair-removal options this season.
Good news! If smooth legs are your goal this summer, or if you’re trying to get rid of unwanted facial or bikini line hair, there are plenty of you’ll be happy to know that the old standby — shaving in the shower — isn’t the only way to approach home hair removal.
We’ve rounded up the best hair-removal products for every budget that you can use in the comfort of your own bathroom, from trimmers to hair-removal creams for sensitive skin. Keep scrolling for FIRST‘s picks for the best hair-removal products so you can get smooth skin at home.
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Best Hair-Removal Cream for Legs
Veet Gel Hair Removal Cream for Legs & Body
Veet is a tried-and-true product that we use, and that our moms before us used. One reason it's remained a staple in medicine cabinets across the country is because it's so darn easy to use: Simply apply it directly on the skin, let it sit for five minutes, and then wash it off. This way you can skip the nicks and razor burns that sometimes accompany shaving. Veet's moisturizing formula includes vitamin E and aloe vera to soothe and hydrate the skin, making the hair-removal process quick and painless.
Where to buy: $22.45, Walmart
Best Sugaring Hair Removal Product
Sugaring Factory Luxury Paste Hair Remover
Sugaring — a hair-removal treatment where sugar, lemon, and hot water combine to create a thick paste that hardens and is pulled off the skin — has existed for centuries. It's similar to waxing but supposed to be less painful, less likely to cause ingrown hairs, and better for sensitive skin because it only contains natural ingredients.
Where to buy: $29.89, Amazon
Best At-Home Wax Kit
Femiro Hair Removal Home Waxing Kit
For an at-home wax that feels more like you're at the spa, try FEMIRO's waxing kit. The warmer heats up the hard wax beans in just six minutes and then lowers the temperature to keep the wax at a level that's comfortable for your skin. Each set comes with four scented wax beads: chamomile, rose, cream, and original (blackberry).
Where to buy:$60.99, Amazon
Best Face Razor for Women
Schick Silk Touch-Up Multipurpose Exfoliating Dermaplaning Tool
This handy gadget is great for trimming your eyebrows and erasing fine hairs on your face. (That last part will give your foundation a smooth canvas to sit on, leaving you with a flawless, patch-free application.) Women also love using the Touch-Up to chop down hairs on their upper lips because it's smaller than a traditional razor.
Where to buy: $4.99 (Originally $6.99), Amazon
Best Hair-Removal Cream for Sensitive Skin
Skin So Soft Fresh & Smooth Sensitive Skin Body Hair Removal Cream
If most your skin is easily irritated, try this best-selling cream. It's fragrance-free and is made with aloe to soothe raw skin. The formula also contains meadowfoam oil, a hydrating ingredient that creates a barrier outside the skin that locks in moisture. Avon also sells a version of this product made just for your face ($8, Avon).
Where to buy: $10, Avon
Best Electric Face Razor for Women
Leuxe Shaver Razor with LED Light
This pocket-sized electric razor is ideal for removing unwanted facial hair. Leuxe's dual blade razor trims closer to the face to skim off peach fuzz and upper lip hair. When you're done, simply twist off the head, and dump out the contents. There's also a built-in battery to shine a light on any spots you may have missed.
Where to buy: $19.98, Amazon
Best At-Home Permanent Hair Remover
FASIZ's Permanent Hair-Removal Device
Laser hair removal can get pretty pricey, but with FASIZ's at-home permanent hair-removal device, laser becomes an affordable option. Ninety-three percent of those who have used it say they saw significantly reduced hair growth after eight weeks, while 95 percent said hair no longer grew in the areas they used the laser after 12 weeks.
Where to buy: $116.99, Amazon
Best Hair Remover Spring
Bellabe Facial Hair Remover
Bellabe's hair remover spring works similar to a tweezer but quicker and on a larger scale. This method reduces the mess of shaving gels and messy depilatory creams, and, most importantly, it won't damage the skin like waxes and other chemicals can. It also comes in a handy carrying case to pop into our bag for whenever you need a touchup.
Where to buy: $17.99, Amazon