Hair Depilatory Creams

Hair depilatory creams are an easy way of removing unwanted hair. If you are unsure if you are wanting to wax &/or remove any unwanted body hair, this is a great way to start. And yes, your body hair will grow back to normal if you have done this once or twice.

It is particularly useful when needing to remove hair before undergoing elective surgery. Rather than having any particular area shaved, this will remove any nicks or cuts caused by a razor.

So, going to back to Depilatory creams!

Do they work?

Yes they do yet hair does not grow back any shower than if you were to shave. Depilatory cream removes the hair below the surface so you may begin to see the hair growth within 1-2 weeks. Shaving with a razor will see stubble within 3-4 days.​

Chances of ingrown hairs occurring is somewhat reduced compared to shaving or waxing. The reason is that the tip of the hair is not as sharp as in shaving or trap in follicles like waxing.​

Chemicals are often used in depilatory creams. This helps in breaking down the protein bonds of the hair.

The depilatory hair removal process takes about 7 to 10 minutes to work. This is taking into account, the thickness of hair, manufacturer’s formula and instructions.

Coarse (or thicker) hair can take longer to break down than finer hairs. The skin is also made up of the same protein as hair so take extra care and proceed with caution. Apply cream for approximately 10 minutes (or as instructed by the packaging). It may cause severe skin irritation, depending on skin sensitivity.

I have found VEET to be very good. If you have sensitive skin, then try using VEET Sensitive.

Hair depilatory cream brands which you may of heard of and more so, popular are:

VEET Hair Remover (excellent product)
VEET Sensitive
VEET for Men Hair Remover
GiGi Hair Remover lotion
Palmers, Cocoa Butter Formula, Hair Remover for Body (excellent product)
Nair Sensitive Hair Remover

I’ve also used the Palmers Brand. One think I will point out is you must adhere to the time it states to leave onto your skin before removing.

Strong Odour/Smell?

If you have used a depilatory cream before, then you will know that there can be a strong odour/smell. In some cases, there is an added fragrance to it. Fragrances can also irritate your skin so make sure that you test the product on your arm or wrist area.

The brands which I have used are Veet or (VEET Men) and Nair or (Nair Men). Both work well and are safe when sticking to instructions on the packaging. Another brand which I have also come across is GiGi Hair Removal Lotion.

Related: Hair for Men, Hair Remover Body Cream

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