We live in a culture where hair-less, smooth skin is considered beautiful. The beauty industry is always looking for ways to remove or hide body and facial hair, so that women can adhere to the beauty standards of the times. But despite the plethora of options for hair removal out there, depilatory creams seem to be the most favourite ones. And why not? They are easy and pain-free and they can remove hair from almost all the areas of the body. We explain how depilatory creams are the perfect hair removal tool, and why they will work better for you than anything else you may have already tried.
How do they work?
Depilatory creams are hair removal creams that are composed of alkaline chemicals that react safely with hair without harming the skin. They break down the Keratin in the hair, thus weakening it and causing it to dissolve. The hair becomes soft like jelly and it can be wiped off easily with a sponge or damp cloth.
The Ups and Downs
The best thing about depilatory creams is that they offer a painless hair removal method, especially when compared to threading, plucking, waxing or shaving. Plus, they are multifaceted: you can use them on large areas of the skin and also on smaller, hard-to-reach areas, such as your bikini line. And Veet makes the process really easy! Just apply the cream and spread it over a patch of hair, wait for a few minutes and then remove it. Do read the instructions before you start, so that you are aware of how long to keep the cream on the skin.
Even better is using a depilatory cream in the shower – you make no mess and the hair is just washed away with plain water! The hair is dissolved and washed off with the cream, going down the drain without causing a mess. Veet has developed a special foam that you can use to remove hair in the shower – it stays on while you shampoo your head and is just rinsed off when the hair is ready for removal. If you don’t want to use the foam, you can simply opt for the usual hair removal cream that uses a spatula. Just be sure to rinse the skin thoroughly after removing hair, using a warm, wet cloth.
Depilatory creams are available in all cosmetic stores, and are an affordable and painless hair removal option. Plus, they don’t damage the skin or cause cuts, the way shaving can. They give a longer lasting result than shaving because they break down the hair at the surface of the skin, right at the follicle. Even the hair that grows back is finer and with tapered ends, which it wouldn’t be if it was shaved off.
You might be concerned about using a depilatory skin if you have sensitive skin. Fortunately, Veet has an entire range of depilatory creams designed especially for sensitive skin. These are fortified with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E, which are known for their soothing properties. However, it is better to be sure with a patch test 24 hours before using the cream – use it on small area of skin to see if there is any adverse reaction. If there isn’t, the cream is safe to use on your skin. But do avoid areas of broken, cut or irritated skin.
Do check out Veet’s extensive range of depilatory creams as well.