Written by April Reinhardt (last updated September 23, 2020)
Hair removal creams are a popular form of ridding the body of unwanted hair. Also known as depilatories, hair removal creams consist of a chemical cosmetic application applied to topical hair. The active chemical ingredient in depilatories weakens the hair so that it can be scraped or brushed off just above the hair follicle at the skin's surface.
To use a hair removal cream, follow these simple steps:
Some advantages for using hair removal creams are:
There are also a few disadvantages for using hair removal creams:
Read the manufacturer's directions before use to determine if you should use hair removal cream on certain parts of the body. Some products are not intended for use except on legs, arms, and armpits. Other products are geared specifically for the bikini area and face.
Two popular over-the-counter hair removal creams are Nair and Veet. All-natural alternatives are the brand names Hair No More Advanced Hair Removal Cream and Ultra HairStop Hair Removal Cream.
No matter the brand you choose, you should always follow the directions on the package and note that the disadvantages may outweigh the advantages for using a hair removal cream. If so, examine other methods for removing unwanted body hair.
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