Can you imagine getting rid of unwanted body hair but without the pain of waxing or the frequency of shaving? Using hair removal creams can spare you the torture of other hair removal methods and is a good alternative if your skin, and sense of smell, isn't too sensitive to the chemicals. Hair removal creams have been on the market for decades and are used by both men and women.
Different formulations are available that can be used on different types of hair and sensitivity of the skin. Stronger formulas can be used on the coarse hair of the legs and underarms while more gentle versions can be use on the genital and butt regions. Most manufacturers recommend not using these creams on the face due to the sensitivity of the eyes.
Men find that using hair removal creams on the chest, back and shoulders results in longer lasting and smoother skin without the problems associated with daily shaving. These creams are less expensive than waxing and laser hair removal but the smooth skin doesn't last as long and the results are not permanent.
Hair removal creams are widely available, and work by dissolving the keratin protein in the hair. After a few minutes, the unwanted hair is simply wiped away.
Keratin is the same organic protein that makes up fingernails, but it's not as dense in hair. Alkaline chemicals can attack this compound and weaken the protein structure so that the hair strand falls loose from its follicle.
The chemicals in these creams are not toxic but they can irritate sensitive, broken and damaged skin. Before selecting a product, it may be helpful to talk to your doctor for recommendations. Otherwise, follow the manufacturer's instruction and apply a small amount to an unnoticeable test area before smearing it on larger body parts.
Some of the most popular brands include Nair, Veet and Revitol. But besides reading reviews of these products, the best results can only be achieved by properly matching a chemical formation to your skin and hair type. If you're considering hair removal creams, talk to a dermatologist and then head to the local store and start sampling.