Guide to Hair Removal Cream

With our removal creams guide, you can find out everything you need to know before buying or using the product including how does hair removal cream work and is hair removal cream right for me. If you're ready to buy or want to see our selection, visit our hair removal cream page.

Hair Removal Cream FAQs

Woman using hair removal cream with applicator

How does hair removal cream work?

Hair removal creams, also known as depilatory creams, work by breaking down the keratin structure for softer hair and hair removal. The keratin structure is another way of describing the proteins of the hair.

Once applied, the cream thins and breaks down the base of the hairs – so much so that when the cream is wiped away with the spatula, the hairs will break off with it. It is important to remember that different skins and hair types may react differently, but overall the cream should be powerful enough to weaken and remove the hairs. Most hair removal formulas contain a variety of alkaline chemicals that have been formulated to break down the proteins.

Is hair removal cream right for me?

As with everything, it is best to try it out for yourself! Begin by carrying out a little test patch to ensure that the hair removal cream doesn't aggravate or upset your skin. Once you've done this, go ahead and apply the hair removal creams over your legs or desired area. It is advisable to do legs first over more sensitive areas (such as the bikini line) just in case there is any sort of reaction.

If you don't get on with hair removal cream, there are a lot of other avenues you can explore such as waxing, shaving and epilating to reveal hair-free skin.

How do I use hair removal cream?

How do I use hair removal cream?

Begin by carrying out a test patch before committing to a whole area of the body. Once you've carried that out, go ahead and apply the cream to the desired area using a thick and even layer of the product. Do not rub the product in, simply smooth it on.

Wash your hands immediately after applying and wait around six minutes. The time required for the cream to perform will vary on each product, so always check the packaging first and follow their strict instructions. Thicker hair may require a longer amount of time. Wipe the cream off with the included spatula and/or a wash cloth, again ensuring to not rub. Rinse with water and pat dry.

Can I use hair removal cream on my face?

It is not advisable to use hair removal creams that are meant for the body on your face. In some instances, this may cause a chemical burn or some form of irritation. However, a lot of hair removal brands have created specialized products that target areas of the face, such as the upper lip and around the jaw. These will be okay to use on the face, but it is best to do a test patch first.

Again, it may seem tempting to use a hair removal cream that is meant for your body on your face, but it is important to remember that the skin on your face is often more sensitive and may react badly to such a strong chemical presence.