Hair Removal : How Does Depilatory Cream Work?

A cream that simply removes hair without having to clench your teeth through a wax can seem too good to be true. The science behind depilatory cream has been long perfected however, and it offers a quick, convenient and safe way to remove unwanted hair at home.

Depilatory Cream works by breaking down the keratin structure – the proteins – of the hair. This effectively thins and dissolves the base of the hairs to the point where they are weak enough to break off when the cream is wiped away. These creams typically contain a number of alkaline chemicals that are formulated to break down these proteins while also being safe for your skin. Different skins have different levels of sensitivity, of course, so it’s important to get the right cream for you, and to test an amount of the cream on a small patch of skin before you attempt to remove hair over a larger area.

Using depilatory creams rather than shaving provides you with a number of benefits:

Stubble-Free for Longer

Depilatory creams dissolve the hair just below the surface of the skin, unlike shaving, which slices through the hair just above the level of the skin. This means that you can remain stubble free for up to four days.

Softer, Finer Hairs

With shaving, the fact that the hairs are cut through means that the ends are left squared off. With cream, on the other hand, the dissolving process gives the hair that remains a tapered end that feels softer to the touch. Over time, you may even notice that your hair is actually growing back finer than it was – not quite as fine as you may find with waxing, but definitely a marked improvement over shaving!  

Quick and Pain-Free

This is possibly the most obvious, and important, benefit of depilatory creams. It’s such an easy process, it can be done in the shower or just before, and requires little to no effort. Because you’re not dealing with blades, the risk of pain is completely minimized, and razor bumps can be a thing of the past.

So if being stubble free and having finer hairs with a minimum of fuss and pain seems like an experience you’re looking for, put down the razor and try a Depilatory Cream instead, to see the benefits for yourself.