By Alison Garwood-Jones
Tidy, trim or go as bare as you dare with the latest hair-removal offerings
Bikini season raises a flurry of questions: Stripes or polka dots? Strings or strapless? Boy or French cut bottoms? Color and cut, though, aren’t the only factors influencing our fashion picks. So is the state of our bikini line, which leads to even more questions: Is waxing or shaving more efficient? Do epilators or the latest laser treatments actually work to permanently remove hair? Hello! consults with experts and compares the options. Either way, well have you looking as a beach-ready as Jennifer Anistonor Demi Moore.
Duet and Sciton lasers, plus the Lumenis One Intense Pulsed Light. Available only at your dermatologist.
For women with coarse, more abundant hair and a history of ingrowns.
HOW IT WORKS
Heat from the laser and IPL destroys the hair follicle permanently. Duet is a new, pain-free laser that uses suction to pull the skin closer to the laser, zapping every hair follicle. It works best on fair skin. For darker skin, Toronto dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett recommends the Sciton, which targets hair while protecting skin pigmentation. For stubborn hairs that have been missed, Dr. Kellett recommends finishing off with a Lumenis One Intense Pulsed Light treatment.
Varies depending on the surface area to be covered.
Pure bliss! Finally, no more ingrowns and razor burns.
Approximately $199 per half-hour treatment.