Although the price can vary slightly from brand to brand, most
hair removal packages, which include the cream, an after lotion, a plastic spatula, and instructions, will rarely cost more than $5. Compared to the thousands needed to fork out for many permanent hair
removal techniques, depilatory creams cost next to nothing. Another major advantage of using these creams is the fact they can be done at home. The procedure is relatively fast, lasting no longer than ten
minutes and the creams are extremely easy to use. As mentioned earlier, depilatory creams are ideal for removing hair from awkward, hard to reach and sensitive areas, namely the bikini line. Unlike other hair
removal techniques which only work on hair of a certain color and texture and on certain types of skin, depilatory creams remove all shades and textures of hair, from any skin type. Whilst finer hair will come
away more easily, thicker, coarser hair will also be removed, although it may take a while longer. To accommodate these different requirements, depilatory creams are available for specific parts of the body,
as the strength needed for the fine hair on the face will differ quite considerably from the strength needed to eliminate thick and coarse pubic hair from the bikini line. Unless there is an adverse reaction
to the cream, which causes irritation of the skin, this method of hair removal is painless and pleasant alterative to many of the other eye-watering techniques such as plucking and waxing.
The Disadvantages of Hair Removal Creams
Because hair removal creams work by chemically dissolving the hair, the chemicals have to be mildly acidic. Caustic chemicals are usually slightly pungent and although depilatory creams are perfumed, they have
a distinct smell, which many people can find off-putting. This hair removal method can also be quite messy, especially when using it on the bikini line. Unlike shaving, depilatory creams can cause an allergic
reaction which can cause some stinging and discomfort. Hair removal creams are not suitable for all areas of the body and should be refrained from being used near the eyes or where there is any broken skin.
Similar to shaving, depilatory creams need to be used extremely frequently, because re-growth appears several days later. This method of hair removal is only temporary, and some people find having to repeat
the process as often as every three days, tiresome and off-putting. Although these creams do usually thwart re-growth for a day or so longer than shaving does.
To adhere to the ever increasing quest for ultra-smooth and hairless bodies depilatory creams have gradually became harsher as more caustic ingredients have been added to become more effective tools in removing
hair. The high PH level found in hair removal creams can have a negative effect on the skin, especially mature skin. As skin matures it becomes more susceptible to the harsh elements it has been relentlessly
exposed to. The caustic nature of hair removal creams can therefore have a negative effect on the skin, especially if the skin is mature or sensitive. It is therefore of paramount importance to carry out a
patch test and follow the instructions provided with the depilatory cream package. If the procedure is carried out correctly, depilatory creams are an effective, versatile, inexpensive, painless and almost
immediate method to conform to society’s expectations regarding body hair.