Yes, the warm weather is great but it comes with a price. It means skirts and bikinis and therefore a need to be stubble free 24/7. Daily shaving is time-consuming, waxing is a literal pain in the you-know-what and getting zapped by professionals is costly (not to mention, ouch). Here are a few editor-approved, at-home alternatives that offer permanent results at a fraction of what you’d pay for in-office services. Just remember, these lasers are no joke. Although they are all FDA-approved, make sure you read the full directions before using!
1. Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser 4X
Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser 4X
Using the same technology administered by dermatologists, this laser has a targeting system perfect for smaller areas like your upper lip and underarm. (Don't worry -- it still works on larger body parts, though it will obviously take longer to cover the entire area.) Also, unfortunately this laser isn't the best for dark-skinned chicas or those with blonde hair. (Lo siento.) To use, "stamp" your skin moving across the area. You'll want to overlap just the tiniest bit to make sure every area is covered.
Recommended Treatment: Once every two weeks for at least three months.
2. Silk’n Flash & Go
Silk’n Flash & Go
This laser works with a large surface area, making it great for bigger parts like your legs, arms and stomach. It uses the same "stamping" method as the Tria, which means you work by zapping one area, lifting it off of the skin and zapping the next. Be careful not to overlap areas as you don’t want to hit the same spot twice, which could cause burns. If you have dark skin and dark hair, or blonde hair and light skin, this laser probably isn't your best bet, as it can't differentiate between the two. Translation? Useless.
Recommended Treatment: Schedule treatments in two-week intervals with noticeable results after the 3rd or 4th session.
3. Illuminage Touch Permanent Hair Reduction
Iluminage Touch Permanent Hair Reduction
Consider this your saving grace mi gente: this laser works on all skin tones. Yep, all. (Hallelujah!) Instead of using the "stamping" method, just glide the device over your skin, making sure to move it to a new section every time the light flashes.
Recommended Treatment: Seven treatments over a 6-week period.