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Legs grow: this is how it works with silky smooth summer skin!

As soon as summer including shorts and bikini is in sight, the mission "depilate legs" is back at the top of the to-do list. But which hair removal method is really the best? Many still use razors for smooth legs. Why not? If you're in the shower in the morning anyway and the skin has been soaped up, shaving is a breeze. The problem: after two days at the latest, it starts all over again - and that in an endless loop. The alternative for longer smooth skin: legs grow! Does it hurt, is it too cumbersome? Not if you know a few tips and tricks. We explain how everything goes smoothly when growing legs.

Waxing or Shaving Legs? Those are the pros and cons

The most popular method of getting rid of those annoying hairs on the legs is still shaving - because it's quick and easy and the costs remain manageable. The catch: the hair is clipped directly above the surface of the skin. However, since the hair root is busy, it usually only takes 24 hours (!) For the shortened hairs to look over the surface of the skin again - this time as stubble. So the joy of silky smooth legs only lasts for a short time. Are you lucky enough to have very little or light hair on your legs? Then nothing really speaks against removing the hairs with the razor.

Tip: Say goodbye to cheap disposable razors and invest in a product with an integrated moisturizing gel that protects against unsightly skin irritations.

A more lasting hair removal for beautiful legs is waxing. With the help of warm or cold wax, the hairs are pulled jerkily out of the skin - over their entire length up to the roots of the hair. A radical procedure that gets under the skin, but the result is particularly long-lasting: it can take up to three weeks for the hair to reappear on the surface of the skin. During this time we can look forward to beautiful, hairless legs.

The obvious disadvantage of waxing is that the jerky pulling out of the hair hurts and the application and removal of the wax requires a certain amount of effort. In addition, the hair must be at least four millimeters long for waxing - you have to 'grow' it first.

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On it and off again: this is how waxing works

Whether as a depilation method at home or in a professional waxing studio - legs always grow in the same way: The wax (a mixture of resins and waxes) is applied to the skin in the direction in which the hair grew and immediately covered with a strip of fabric or fleece. After a second or two, the wax strip is pulled off again with a firm jerk against the direction of growth. The hairs are pulled out of the skin and remain in the sticky strip.

Warm wax is ideally used because heat expands the hair roots and makes waxing less painful. Hot wax is also water-soluble, so that residues can be easily washed off. Cold wax is available as prefabricated strips in every drugstore. These are warmed between the hands and then applied to the legs. Advantage: The finished strips make application quick and easy. Disadvantage: The wax is a little tougher than its warm counterpart, which means that the hairs can break off.

Waxing your legs in the waxing studio?

The fact that the procedure is carried out there by absolute professionals speaks in favor of waxing in the studio. That means: It can be done as quickly and painlessly as possible. The wax (only warm wax!) Is brought to the optimal temperature in special devices and then applied to the skin with spatulas or rollers. After a few seconds, the strip is peeled off again. Don't panic: there is actually no time for pain. The professionals also manage to reduce the number of broken hairs to a minimum - that doesn't work quite so well at home. Nevertheless, waxing in your own bathroom is definitely possible and does not require any special knowledge.

The classic equipment you need for this is a pot of warm wax from the drugstore that can be brought to operating temperature in the microwave, strips of fabric or fleece and a spatula. Danger: Wax that is too hot can burn the skin. Therefore check the temperature beforehand with a mini blob on the skin! Some manufacturers also offer sets of heat-sensitive spatulas that discolor while the wax is still too hot. Applying with a spatula takes a little practice, but is easy to do. Important: Always apply with the direction of growth! It's even more convenient with wax rollers, which some manufacturers now also offer for DIY hair removal (e.g. Veet).

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Conclusion: it pays to grow legs!

Regardless of whether it is in the waxing studio or simply at home: Guarding your legs is really worth it! And: the faster you go, the less bad it is. Indeed, peeling off the wax strip can be compared to pulling on removing a plaster. And: the more practice you have in it, the smaller the effort. The application of the sticky mass is then no longer a huge mess and is quick.

The biggest plus point of waxing legs, however, is simply the long-term effect, in other words: smooth, beautiful legs for two to three weeks are the reward for the effort. Anyone who handles the razor in the shower almost every day in summer will appreciate that! In addition: After waxing, the hair grows finely and without a stubble alarm. And: the more often you wax, the sparse the hairs come back and the less painful the procedure.

Waxing after legs: tips and tricks

Before waxing, the skin is degreased in the studio with alcohol-based lotions. This allows the wax to bond particularly well with the hair. At home, an alcohol-containing facial toner without lipid replenishing ingredients or a powder does the same thing. The right time is also crucial: about half an hour after showering in the morning, the signs are favorable. The skin is then less sensitive to pain and the warmth of the water has widened the hair roots.

After waxing, the skin is usually slightly irritated - visible as small red dots on the skin. Cooling gels with soothing panthenol and moisturizing aloe vera are then useful first aiders. Tip: Both of these are often found in apr├ęs sun sprays - so they do it too.

To prevent ingrown hairs, the skin should be exfoliated two to three days after waxing, e.g. with a hammam glove. Then the skin needs care - ideally in the form of a body lotion with active ingredients that inhibit hair growth. Then the legs will stay smooth and beautiful for as long as possible!

We hope you enjoy trying it out!