If you choose to ditch the fuzz, there are plenty of options for at home hair removal. In this article, we’ll look at how to use depilatory cream for easy hair removal.
For more information on your other home hair removal options, check our Ultimate Home Hair Removal Guide.
What is depilatory cream?
Depilatory cream, also known as hair removal cream, contains certain alkaline chemicals that react with hair, breaking down keratin and causing the hair to dissolve just below the surface of the skin. This dissolved hair, along with the cream, can then be easily wiped off or washed away.
As the hair is dissolved just below the skin, you can stay stubble free for up to 4 days. As well as this, where shaving causes hairs to become blunt, depilatory cream leaves hair with a tapered end.
Preparing to use depilatory cream
You will want to start by choosing the right depilatory cream for you. If you have sensitive skin, you will want to use depilatory cream specially designed for this. There are also spray on depilatory creams, and depilatory creams for use on the face.
Top Tip: You want to avoid using body depilatory cream on your face, as it can cause irritation.
Before using depilatory cream for the first time, you should do a patch test. This ensure you aren’t allergic to the formula.
When you have picked the right formula and done your patch test, you should exfoliate the area of skin you’ll be using it on. This ensures it can do its job properly, without any dead skin cells, dirt, oils, or moisturisers affecting the formula.
How to use depilatory cream
Before using depilatory cream be sure to read the package instructions carefully.
- Apply an even layer of cream over the hairs, fully covering them. Do not rub this cream in and immediately wash excess cream off your hands.
- Leave the cream to get to work for at least 5 minutes, then test a small area to see if the hair comes away easily. If it does, remove the rest of the cream. If not, leave the cream on for a bit longer. Be sure not to exceed any maximum time limits stated on the package instructions.
- Rinse your skin thoroughly with water to ensure all cream has been removed, then dry.
Your skin might be a little red or itchy after use, this is normal. You might find it useful to wear loose clothing, and make sure you don’t scratch the area. If the redness and discomfort continues for a prolonged period, or gets worse, you should contact your doctor.
You should follow any warning in the package instructions, such as not sunbathing, swimming or tanning for 24 hours. You should also avoid using depilatory cream on the same area for 72 hours.