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Hair Removal Creams 101

        Health | Hair Removal

Benefits of Hair Removal Creams

The foremost benefit of hair removal cream, of course, is the removal of unwanted hair. However, there are several ways to remove body hair, so it helps to compare depilatories to other methods.

Consumers often look for cheap and easy fixes to just about every dilemma. Hair removal creams can be both. Prices range from $4 to $15 for most chemical depilatories, so you should have little trouble finding an affordable option. Moreover, if you pick a cream that doesn't work well for you, you haven't wasted a great deal of money, and you can probably afford to try another brand.

It also doesn't get much easier than spreading cream over a patch of hair, waiting a few minutes, and then using a washcloth soaked in warm water to rub off the cream. Unlike waxing, this easy method is also pain-free if you follow the directions and avoid sensitive areas. Hair removal creams come in roll-on, rub-on and gel forms, each of which reduces the mess associated with application.

An added benefit to using hair removal creams is that when you rub off the cream and hair, you're also exfoliating your skin. Exfoliation removes dead skin cells that build up on the surface of your skin -- when you've finished rubbing, your skin will be not only hairless but also glowing, because you've revealed new cells.

Finally, and most importantly, chemical depilatories get under your skin. They remove hair from just below the surface, so you won't feel stubble as soon. Hair removal creams usually get rid of hair for a week, which is less time than waxing but more than shaving. Studies have also shown that using creams can slow hair growth in affected areas.

So far, hair removal creams may sound like a pretty good option, but you should always consider the potential side affects. Find out the downsides to chemical depilatories on the next page.


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