Having facial hair as a woman can be a little embarrassing and have an undesired effect on self-esteem. We strongly believe that you shouldn’t have to lose the peachy fuzz, but if you want to, you’ll be glad to know that with facial hair removal cream the process can be simple, quick, and relatively pain-free! All you need is to know what you’re looking for.
There are many options out there, from established brands such as Veet, Avon and Nair, but how do you know which will be best for your skin? In our buying guide below we’re going to tackle some of the tricky questions, like what side effects may occur, if you can use them on sensitive skin, and if they will really banish course hair. All our recommendations are available from trusted online sources like Amazon and eBay.
Essentially, hair removal creams are creams that save you the time of shaving or the pain of waxing – yet provide the same results. The science behind depilatory creams has long since been perfected; they work by thinning the hair to a point where it dissolves at the base. You just gently apply, wait the allotted time, and then as you wipe the product away, the hairs that have been weakened will break off.
The creams tend to contain alkaline chemicals that are strong enough to wear away the hair but are safe enough for your skin. Of course, different skins have different levels of sensitivity so it’s important that you find the product that is right for you.
When shopping for a product, before deciding on your final purchase you may want to have a good look at the reviews and see whether customers found it too harsh for their skin type, or perfect for getting rid of those annoying hairs.
Anyone who has ever tried a hair removal cream that has failed before will attest to the pattern that occurs: we become excited when we order the product, we receive it, slap it on, get irritated skin, wash it off early and unfortunately we're still hairy. This guide is going to show you how to break that cycle.
Have you ever had trouble with a certain cosmetic that hasn’t affected your girlfriends who've used the same product? This is probably a good indication that your skin needs a little more love, and you should be looking to pick up an option that is designed for sensitive skin.
For facial hair removers, look for ones that say things like "sensitive skin" or "extra gentle" on the box. Otherwise, you may want to consider those that come with soothing balms to use after the hair removal. We also recommend doing a patch test before use, which we'll describe in more detail at the bottom of the article.
What type of hair you have will massively affect what type of depilatories will work well, because unfortunately, some of them will only work to remove fine hair.
When removing coarse hair, you will find that it may take a little extra effort and a little more patience - still nothing like the amount of time it takes to wax or shave though! Luckily for you identifying which will work on robust hair couldn’t be easier, as we will be making it obvious in our specification table, which you can find underneath each product.
These creams, by definition, are chemicals – we’re essentially trying to melt our facial hair! However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t options out there that provide extra benefits, due to their inclusion of natural ingredients.
Some of our favourites to look out for are; meadowfoam oil, which is known to lock in moisture and has a reputation as a good anti-inflammatory. Cocoa butter or other plant oils (like argan oil and shea butter) also have excellent moisturising qualities. Aloe vera will help with soothing the skin and prevention of any redness, and vitamin E provides useful antioxidants that fight inflammation.
If you are known to be a little sensitive to strong smells, then you are certainly going to want to look out for a product that offers an added fragrance.
By nature, these creams can be extremely pungent, but some brands have made the effort to make it much more bearable for us by adding a scent, and we applaud them for that. From traditional apricot oil and 'fresh' to the unconventional use of 'vegetable origins' to deter rank smells, make sure you find one that will ease you through your remedy.
Hair removal creams generally take between 4-8 minutes to work, although some can be left on for up to 15! The application time is a good indicator as to how strong the cream can be. Those with shorter times will often be harsher but better at tackling more robust hair.
On the other hand, those that can be left on for 8 minutes or over will be much better for those with delicate skin, but will only really work on fairer hair. It's important to stick to these guidelines to avoid any unwanted injuries, and for reference they will be in our specification table as well as the product description online.
Now that you know what you should be looking for you and your skin, it's time to check out our recommendations. All these creams have their pros and cons, so it's just about finding one that ticks all your boxes.
|Contain Natural Ingredients||Beeswax, vitamin E and aloe vera|
|Application Time||5-10 mins|
|Contain Natural Ingredients||Collagen and vitamin E|
|Volume||54 ml (+ 14.7 ml)|
|Application Time||4-8 mins|
|Contain Natural Ingredients||Cucumber and aloe vera|
|Volume||29 ml (+ 14 ml)|
|Application Time||5-8 mins|
|Contain Natural Ingredients||Camomile|
|Added Scent||Apricot oil|
|Application Time||5-15 mins|
|Contain Natural Ingredients||Aragan oil and beeswax|
|Volume||20 ml (+ 20 ml)|
|Application Time||3-5 mins|
|Contain Natural Ingredients||Almond oil and calendula|
|Application Time||4-10 mins|
|Contain Natural Ingredients||Natural oils - neem, sesame and essential of boswellia serrata|
|Volume||75 ml (+ 15 ml)|
|Application Time||2-5 mins|
|Contain Natural Ingredients||Sugar maple extract, aloe vera, cucumber, cocoa butter and honey|
|Volume||28 ml (+ 14 ml)|
|Application Time||5-8 mins|
|Contain Natural Ingredients||Aloe vera and vitamin E|
|Added Scent||Silk and Fresh|
|Volume||50 ml (+ 50 ml)|
|Application Time||5-10 mins|
|Contain Natural Ingredients||Meadowfoam oil and shea butter|
|Added Scent||Fresh tropic|
|Application Time||2 ½ mins|
Skin So Soft Fresh & Smooth
Face Hair Removal Kit Sensitive Skin
Hair Remover Extra Gentle Formula
Hair Removal Cream
Facial Hair Removal Cream
Upper Lip Kit
Hair Remover Cream - Face & Bikini Line
Hair Removal Cream for Face with Calming Balm
Hair Removal Kit With Lotion
|Features||If You Want It Gone Fast...||An Effective Cream From a T...||Infused with Aloe Vera and ...||A Force of Nature With an E...||Vegan-Friendly and Fast Wor...||Comes With a Precision Tip ...||A Depilatory for the Delica...||A Bunch of Natural Ingredie...||Willow Herb and Pumpkin See...||A New Kid on the Block for ...|
|Contain Natural Ingredients||Meadowfoam oil and shea butter||Aloe vera and vitamin E||Sugar maple extract, aloe vera, cucumber, cocoa butter and honey||Natural oils - neem, sesame and essential of boswellia serrata||Almond oil and calendula||Aragan oil and beeswax||Camomile||Cucumber and aloe vera||Collagen and vitamin E||Beeswax, vitamin E and aloe vera|
|Added Scent||Fresh tropic||Silk and Fresh||Fresh||Vegetable||No||No||Apricot oil||No||No||No|
|Volume||15 ml||50 ml (+ 50 ml)||28 ml (+ 14 ml)||75 ml (+ 15 ml)||28 ml||20 ml (+ 20 ml)||118 ml||29 ml (+ 14 ml)||54 ml (+ 14.7 ml)||125 ml|
|Application Time||2 ½ mins||5-10 mins||5-8 mins||2-5 mins||4-10 mins||3-5 mins||5-15 mins||5-8 mins||4-8 mins||5-10 mins|
When using these facial creams there is the possibility of side effects. These can widely vary depending on person to person and include such symptoms as; skin irritation or pain, allergic reactions, chemical burns, darkening of the skin and scarring and ingrown hairs, to name just a few.
Some of these sound frightening, but it’s essential to remember that the majority are temporary and rare. Regardless, to avoid these happening, we recommend testing the product you purchase just to be safe. Apply on a small patch of skin (usually behind the ear, on the thighs or inside of your wrist) and leave it for 24-48 hours. If nothing comes up, you're good to go. If, however, you have a reaction, it would be best to avoid further use.
If you have serious problems such as an allergic reaction or dermatitis, we recommend that you contact your GP.
While hair removal creams are easy and quick to use, for some with sensitive skin the worry about using chemicals may be too much. Don't give up on smooth, hairless skin just yet - there are many other hair removals available out there for both the face and body! Take a look at some of our other recommendations.
Whether you're just looking to save time, or you're trying to save your skin from the savage world of shaving, we hope you have found our buying guide and ranking useful. Remember we think you look beautiful just the way you are, but if this is a road you want to go down, then we hope you find the right option for you, Ciao!
Author: Lewis Clark
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