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July 8, 2011

Summer Skin Beauty Countdown

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Photo Credit: Jonathan Storey

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Summer's swishy, dropped hemlines don't excuse stubble. Check out the best methods to separate you from Lucy the Neanderthal.

One Year: New, at-home light-based tools make for affordable alternatives to pro laser hair removal. The new TRIA model boasts the same diode (light source) technology as professional systems, albeit at a milder dosage. But it covers more ground than past designs, thanks to a large treatment tip and longer battery life.

One Hour: We never thought we'd be signing up for DIY Brazilians, but smart waxing kits (Sally Hansen's kit comes with a plug-in temperature-controlled wax warmer) mean not having to take off undies in front of a stranger. For legs, Braun's handheld epilator pulls hair from the base with its vibrating coils. And the kit's presoaked, vitamin-B3-infused wipes exfoliate skin for baby-soft results.

15 Minutes: Old-school razors just got an upgrade: Gillette's newest model has body-butter moisture bars that nix shaving cream while still preventing razor burn and ingrowns.

Three Minutes: Down to the wire? Veet's In-Shower Hair Removal Cream lets you paint your already-wet legs with a water-resistant solution that stays put until you wipe it off minutes later.

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