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The 411 on hair removal creams

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Long, luscious hair may look great on your head, but it’s slightly less appealing on the rest of your body. Unless you’re going for the Yeti look, or planning to undergo permanent laser hair removal, hair removal creams may be your best bet for removing unwanted body hair. Although using creams to remove hair may seem simple enough, you’ll still want to be aware of the benefits, and especially the risks, to make sure your hair removal experience is successful and pain-free.

Benefits

The benefit of choosing a hair removal cream as your method of removing hair is both price and ease-of-use. Most hair removal creams cost between $4 and $12 which makes them very affordable. They are also extremely convenient since you can spread them over a large area of skin at once, and they only require about 3 – 5 minutes to work. And since hair removal creams work just below the skin’s surface, you won’t have to worry about removing hair as often as you would if you shaved. Most women can get away with using the cream once every week. Many women also experience slower hair growth on areas where they apply the hair removal cream regularly.

Risks

Although using hair removal creams may sound like a no-brainer right now, they can be a gift and a curse. Before applying hair removal creams, always make sure to follow directions carefully, and test the product on a small area of the skin. Take it from me, this is one step you don’t want to skip. About 5 months ago I suffered a painful chemical burn after using a brand of hair removal cream that I’ve been using for about 10 years. I’ve never had a problem with this cream in the past and took for granted that my experience would be the same as always. Testing the cream on a small area of skin prevents you from suffering the same fate in case you’ve developed an allergy or sensitivity to any ingredients in the cream. Keep in mind that even if a hair removal cream contains good ingredients like cocoa butter, baby oil, and aloe; they still contain harsh chemicals like potassium thioglycolate and calcium hydroxide, which according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is responsible for breaking down the protein structure of the hair so it can easily be removed from the skin.

Choosing The Right Product

If you’ve decided that hair removal creams are worth the benefits and risks, there is no shortage of products on the market to choose from. Top brand names include Nair, Veet, and Sally Hansen. Each brand offers a variety of hair removal creams targeting specific areas of the body. Nair is perhaps the most popular brand, offering a line of products for both women and men. One of the most important factors in selecting a hair removal cream is its intended use. Nair, for instance, makes a hair removal cream for the face and one specifically for the upper lip. Similarly, Veet makes several creams designed for sensitive areas of the skin, such as the bikini line and underarms. Although it may be tempting to just buy one product to cover all of the bases, that’s a surefire way to end up with burns and irritation. Not surprisingly, hair removal creams designed for your legs contain stronger formulas than those designed for your face. Depending on which brand you go with, you may also choose which type of hair removal cream you prefer, such as roll-on, gel, or lotion.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing lrstewar@gmail.com.