8 Things To Know About Depilatory Creams

There are actually a lot of ways to remove body hair. Often, shaving and waxing get the most attention. But, they might not necessarily be the best hair removal methods for your lifestyle, your hair and skin type, or your grooming habits. Just because some methods aren’t talked about as much as others, doesn’t mean they’re not as good. Pretty much every hair removal method has its own advantages and disadvantages.

One under-the-radar hair removal method I’m going to talk about is depilatory cream. You’ve probably heard out it. Even if you haven’t tried it, you probably know the gist of it. If not, allow me to fill you in: Depilatory creams are basically where you apply a foam-like substance to the area you want body hair removed. You wait a certain amount of time then wipe and rinse the product off. It sounds easily, but there’s a bit more to it. These are the eight important things to know about depilatory creams.

You Need To Do A Patch Test

It probably seems like everybody is telling you to do a patch test for every new project. This is a time when you really want to make sure you listen. Depilatory creams basically dissolve hair on the skin's surface. So, the depilatory cream needs to be pretty powerful to do that. The products obviously have to be safe to be used on skin and undergo testing, but everyone is different so do the patch test. Even if you don't have sensitive skin, you could get a reaction to one of the ingredients.

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They Can Be A Good Option For Facial Hair

Shaving isn't the best thing for facial hair and plucking isn't the most practical option if you have more than a few hairs you want to remove. On the other hand, depilatory creams are a good option because you can remove hair from a sizable area quickly. But, you will want to make sure that you use a formula specifically for faces because they're gentler. Secondly, you will want to be very careful to avoid the eye area. That means no cream on your brows.

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You Need To Make Sure That You're Using The Best Type

There are a number of depilatory creams available so take the time to choose the best one for you. For instance, they break them down by hair, skin type, and the area you want to remove hair. I've already talked about the importance of using a facial one for facial hair. There are also ones especially designed for more sensitive areas like your bikini line and underarms. What's more, there are ones formulated for thicker hair and for different skin types, like sensitive.

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You Must Adhere To The Time

I get the temptation to want to leave the depilatory cream on for a bit longer to make sure that it removes all of the hairs. That is actually not in your best interest because that increases your risk of having a negative reaction. You want to remove hair. You do not want to end up with red, itchy, tingling skin.

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They're Best Applied To Clean, Dry Skin

The instructions will tell you exactly how you should apply a depilatory cream. In general, it's best to apply the formula to freshly showered skin that's completely dry. You don't want to apply the product at the end of a day without showering because skin could be dirty and oily. Plus, things like body lotions, oils, and self-tanner can mess with the results. You want a nice clean canvas to apply the product.

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The Hair Is Not Completely Removed

Depilatory creams have similar regrowth to shaving because the hair isn't completely removed. It is simply dissolved to just below the skin's surface. Similarly, shaving cuts the hair to below the skin's surface. In contrast, waxing and plucking remove the hair at the root. Therefore, you can expect to use a depilatory cream more than having to waxing.

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They Can Smell Kinda Funky

There are scented depilatory creams that actually smell pretty nice, but there are ones that can smell rather chemically. And there are ones that try to smell nice but end up smelling artificial. The smell doesn't last and it's nowhere near as bad as burning hair. I just want you to be aware of it before you start using the product.

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You Need To Have The Right Hair Removal Technique

When it comes to remove the cream and the hair, it's best to wipe as opposed to rub. That will reduce the chance of irritation and it should effectively remove the product. If you're unsure about the difference, wiping typically involves going in one direction while rubbing is a back and forth motion. Once you've removed a fair bit of the product, you can remove the rest in the shower, provided the instructions say it's okay to do so.

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Have you ever tried a depilatory cream? If not, what’s your favorite hair removal method? Let us know in the comments!


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