Rocking a bikini come swimsuit season means doing two things: finding a suit that fits your body type and sporting a clean, smooth bikini line. The drugstore shelves are lined with all kinds of de-fuzzing products; everything from creams and razors to wax and epilators are available at affordable prices so you can bust out your bikini with confidence. Landing on the best at-home hair-removal product depends on your budget, your ouch-tolerance and the sensitivity of your skin.
A depilatory cream is a painless, easy option. You can apply the cream in the shower and wash it off or simply wipe the hair away with a tissue. The key to using these chemical-based creams is to apply a thick layer to the bikini line and wait the entire recommended time -- usually a full 5 to 10 minutes -- before removing it. If you have sensitive skin prone to irritation, try Veet Hair Removal Gel Cream, Nair Sensitive Bikini Cream and Surgi-cream Hair Removal Cream for Bikini and Legs.
Stick to Wax
An at-home waxing kit is easy to use -- if you can handle the ouch-factor. Make sure your bikini hair is at least a quarter-inch long so that the coarse hair can easily adhere to wax. Apply a numbing gel first or take some ibuprofen an hour before you start. Use the stick or pad provided to spread on a think layer of wax, and then quickly rip the strip in the opposite direction of hair growth. Try Parissa Wax Strips or Sally Hansen All-Over Wax Kit.
Examine the Epilator
An epilator is a handheld electrical device that pulls the hair out from the root -- like a pair of tweezers. At first glance an epilator might seem painful, but women are in love with the ease of this this de-fuzzing treatment because there's less chance of infection; you also get smoother skin for longer -- up to four to six weeks. As with any hair-removal product, it's a good idea to first exfoliate your bikini line with a loofah and a cleanser containing salicylic acid. Check out Remington's Smooth & Silky Essential Epilator or the Panasonic Women's Wet/Dry Washable Epilator.
Rock the Razor
Using a razor on your bikini line is quick and easy. Make sure your razor is sharp and use a transparent shaving gel so you can see what you're doing. Also, hang out in the shower about 5 minutes before you start shaving -- this allows the steam to soften the hair follicles so you can get a closer shave. Lather on the gel and shave your bikini line in the direction of hair growth to reduce the risk of irritation and razor bumps. Try the Gillette Venus Embrace Razor or the Schick Hydro Silk Razor.