Depilatory Creams: Tips for Hair Removal and Skincare

Depilatory creams are a fantastic option for quick and painless hair removal. They are a great choice for busy women on the go. Some products giving you silky smooth legs in as little as five minutes[1], without even stepping out of the shower! But with such convenient results, will depilatory creams be right for everybody?

Well, there are many different skin types out there. Often these can change over time, for instance because of the hormonal changes experienced during pregnancy[2]. While it’s important to be aware of your bodies’ sensitivities, it’s refreshing to know that there are many options out there when it comes to seeking smooth, hairless skin - including depilatory creams! The trick is to find the one that’s right for you.

How does it work?

Depilatory creams work by dissolving the keratin structure of the hair, causing it to weaken at the base, and allowing it to be wiped or washed away. This process is generally aided by alkaline chemical ingredients, designed to safely break down these proteins.[3] Typically, these are safe to apply to the skin, but of course, we all experience different levels of sensitivity, so it’s important to get to know your own skin type when exploring hair removal options.

Top Tip!

If you are new to depilatory creams, we recommend testing a small patch of skin each time you use the product before moving on to a wider area.

Can I Use Depilatory Creams while Pregnant?

There is no hard and fast rule as to how your body will behave during pregnancy. However, many women do experience heightened skin sensitivity[4], and even report the appearance of thicker, darker hair in new, unwanted areas due to the hormonal changes in their body.[5] All the more reason to find the perfect hair removal product for you! If you are experiencing skin sensitivity, it might be an idea to try one of the ranges of creams from Veet® range of creams formulated especially for sensitive skin, which are enriched with soothing ingredients such Aloe Vera. So there is no reason to let these special nine months pass without the feeling of smooth and silky skin!

I Have Sensitive Skin. Should I Avoid Depilatory Creams?

Again, choosing a formula designed for sensitive skin might be the right choice for you. Soothing Aloe Vera is added to the Veet® Sensitive Skin range to hydrate skin. Keeping your skin hydrated is very important. Even simple habits like drinking more water[6], cutting out perfumed products, and even taking shorter hot showers can help decrease itchiness and irritation[7]. And remember, it’s always wise to check with your doctor if you are particularly concerned about skin irritation.

Are Depilatory Creams Suitable for my Bikini Line?

Last minute invite to the beach? Depilatory creams might suit you perfectly if you are looking to avoid the ouch-factor of waxing, but you still want a quick, convenient hair removal option for your bikini area. Any little excess hairs can be quickly plucked away for timely results!

Depilatory creams can be a fantastic option for quick and painless hair removal, whether you’re planning the new addition to your household, or just planning your next trip to the beach! As always, if you’re unsure of whether depilatory creams are the way to go, simply test your product on a small area of skin, before choosing the product that’s right for you.