Hair Removal : Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Depilatory Cream

In this hairless culture that we live in, the beauty industry is always looking for the easiest and most effective way to keep body hair at bay. Despite all the options out there, many women will say that depilatory cream is the only way. Here’s an insight into how depilatory creams have revolutionized hair removal, and why they might just be the ideal choice for you.

How do they work?

Depilatory creams contain certain alkaline chemicals that safely react with the hair on your body. They break down the Keratin (the protein structure of your hair), causing it to weaken and dissolve. This leaves the hair in a jelly-like state which the user can easily wipe away with the cream.

The Ups and Downs

Depilatory creams are one of the most painless ways to remove body hair, especially when compared to waxing or shaving. They are a great all-round method for getting rid of both large areas of hairs along your legs, and for tackling smaller, harder-to-reach areas like the bikini line. And Veet® makes it very easy to apply! Simply spread the cream over a patch of hair and wait a few minutes before removing it. (Be sure to read the label to see what the specific recommended times are). In that time you could be getting on with all sorts of other things, from brushing your teeth to running a bath.

Using depilatory creams in the shower is a great option, since it can make the process virtually mess free! The cream washes off, along with the hair, and simply rinses down the drain. Veet® has a specific foam range designed just for use in the shower which will stay on while you wash, and can be rinsed off when you’re ready. If you don’t have access to a shower or a bath, you can always use a regular cream, which can be removed with a spatula, but you should still be sure to rinse thoroughly afterwards, using a warm, wet cloth.

Available in all good cosmetic stores, depilatory creams can be a great affordable option compared to going to the salon, and therefore can be much easier to fit into your budget. As well, there is no risk of encountering the kind of cuts and nicks that you might get from shaving. Depilatory products also give a longer lasting result than shaving, as they are able to slowly break down the hair at or just below the skin's surface, right at the follicle. You might also find that the regrowth of the hair will not be as stubbly as that produced when shaving as the tips have been tapered, and appear softer and less noticeable.

If you have sensitive skin, you may be concerned about a reaction irritation. Fortunately, Veet® has a whole range of creams that are aimed specifically at sensitive skin, and enriched with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E, which are known for their soothing properties. However, to be sure, we recommend carrying out a patch test at least 24 hours before applying the cream to check that it doesn’t cause a reaction. If you do react badly, then you know that this might not be the method for you. Always remember, it’s never a good idea to use your cream over areas of broken or irritated skin.

If you’re considering trying out depilatory creams, be sure to check out the extensive range of Veet® Cream Products, including the Naturals platform.