If you choose to get rid of hair on any part of your body, you know how much you have to go for a silky smooth finish. And let’s face it: no hair removal method is 100% perfect. Waxing provides a smooth finish, but it’s often too painful for some to bear; laser hair removal is practical and durable but expensive; and shaving, while easy, can leave skin irritated and littered with razor bumps if not done correctly.
If any of the above options seem too much for the heinie, hair removal creams may seem like the most practical. They basically make your hair disappear (or at least that’s what I think of when I think of them) but they haven’t always had the best rap thanks to the creams you may have heard of in the 90s that burned, stinged and, yes, smelled very strong. Luckily, hair removal creams have come a long way since the days of grunge and N’SYNC.
Today, they’re made with better formulas that contain nourishing and soothing ingredients, like vitamin E, aloe vera, and cocoa butter — and they really work. Thanks to ingredients like calcium hydroxide, calcium thioglycolate, sodium hydroxide and sodium thioglycolate, they break down the keratin bonds that make up the structure of your hair. Through this process – which can usually take a few minutes, depending on the thickness of your hair – the hair weakens and begins to dissolve, making it easier to wipe away – no razor required.
Sounds easy, right? Obviously, there are a few things to keep in mind before trying a new hair removal cream. “To reduce the risk of irritation, you can only leave it on for one to three minutes, then shave it off under a hot shower,” S. Manjula JegasothyMD, founder of Miami Skin Institute, told us earlier. She also recommends testing the patches beforehand to make sure your skin doesn’t have any adverse reactions to the product.
Body hair can be a touchy subject, and it’s understandable. No one should have to subscribe to societal pressures to remove it – ultimately the choice is yours. If you choose to go bare, it might be time to give hair removal creams another go. The best hair removal creams are completely painless, unlike waxing or laser hair removal, and remove hair from the root, unlike shaving, leaving you hairless for days longer.
If you’re ready to get rid of some unwanted hair and silky smooth skin, check out some of the best hair removal creams below.
Better thicker formula
Nad’s Natural 3 in 1 Body Butter Hair Removal Cream
Hair removal cream but make it *natural.* This new product from Nad’s is made with 80% natural ingredients, including almond oil and shea butter. Cruelty-free, hypoallergenic, and the thick no-drip formula makes this hair removal product very appealing.
Nair Bladeless Whipped Shave Cream
I’m all for anything that involves whipped cream, even hair removal products. This lovely creamy foam epilator is infused with lavender oil to bring you extra happiness. What could be simpler than spreading foam on your legs?!
Ideal for soothing the skin
Nair Bladeless Whipped Shave Cream with 30mg CBD
CBD whipped cream?! Get out of town! It’s the same lovely product as the previous one, but instead of lavender oil, it contains this magical CBD to help calm the skin while it works.
Great for extra moisture
With aloe vera, vitamin E and baby oil, you can finally have the soft and silky skin of your dreams. This formula only takes five minutes to work its hair removal magic. Plus, this is available on Amazon so you can get it before the weekend.
Ideal for armpits
Nair Hair Remover Glides Away Nourish with Coconut Oil
This dye- and paraben-free formula is made with skin-preserving ingredients like coconut oil and vitamin E, perfect for the sensitive underarm area. Bonus: its contactless app makes for a mess-free process.
Ideal for the Bikini area
GiGi Depilatory Lotion
There’s nothing worse than razor burn – or any other type of burn – on the bikini area. It’s important to choose a hair removal cream that takes nourishing ingredients into account, like this one from GiGi. Cocoa butter and vitamins C and E offer healing benefits, while cucumber and aloe vera extracts keep inflammation at bay.
Best time saver
Nair Hair Removal Lotion with Aloe and Lanolin
Summer means bare skin, but there’s not always time to keep up appearances. Nair Hair Removal Lotion works quickly and magically – apply a thick layer to the desired area and remove with a damp washcloth after just three minutes. You’ll be out the door and on your way to the pool in no time.
Ideal for sensitive skin
Nad’s Sensitive Hair Removal Cream
The key to a good hair removal cream is a solid ingredient list, and Nad’s makes the difference. Melon extract, aloe vera, avocado oil and honey all work to keep skin hydrated and calm during the hair removal process.
Ideal for facial hair
Sally Hansen Creme Hair Remover Facial Kit
Say goodbye to peach fuzz and hello to soft skin. The cleansing cream in this kit contains pumpkin seed oil, which helps brighten skin tone, while the skin revitalizing lotion contains vitamin E and collagen to keep your skin calm and hydrated.
Ideal for dry skin
Nair Hair Remover Moisturizing Facial Cream with Sweet Almond Oil
If you tend to have dry skin, the sweet almond oil in this cleansing cream will add an extra layer of hydration to keep your face soft and hair-free.
Ideal for body hair
Veet Aloe Vera Leg & Body Hair Removal Gel-Cream
The gel consistency of this cream from Veet, rich in aloe vera and vitamin E, gives skin a boost of moisture for gentle hair removal on larger areas like legs and arms. And this two-pack will see you through the summer.
Ideal for exfoliation
Nair Charcoal Brightening & Smoothing Leg Mask
This charcoal mask does double duty by exfoliating the skin while removing unwanted hair. Natural clay and pure charcoal make your legs look shiny and feel silky smooth.
Ideal for beards
Magic Razor Free Shaving Cream for Hair Removal, Normal Beard Maintenance, Hair Removal Cream – 6 oz
If your chin hair is thick, coarse or curly, this cream will get rid of it in minutes. It also contains ingredients like shea butter and almond oil to keep your bare face hydrated and irritation-free.
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