Hair Removal Cream Back
If you're so over being a slave to your razor or waxing strips, you might want to rethink a depilatory cream. We called Debra Jaliman, M.D., a dermatologist in NYC and author of Skin Rules: Trade Secrets from a Top New York Dermatologist to see why they're so effective.
"Depilatory creams work by dissolving the hair at the skin's surface, " says Jaliman. Your hair isn't pulled out from the root like it is when you wax, so you may find yourself using the cream more often, since the hair grows back quicker. But, the process doesn't hurt like a mother.
Of course, if you've ever used one, you know it kinda stinks—or rather, it used to. These days, depilatory creams smell like tropical blends—or nothing at all. Even better, it's cheaper than laser hair removal, and the ingredients in the formula also dissolves dead skin cells, which result in ingrown hairs, says Jaliman.
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Want to take one for a test drive? Just don't use the body formulas on your face, Jaliman warns, since they use a higher concentration of chemicals to remove the hair than facial depilatories do. Another tip: Use it toward the end of your shower—hydrated hair is easier to remove than dry hair, since it's harder and takes longer to dissolve.