Smooth skin: is depilatory cream a sensible alternative to razors or a waste of money?

In contrast to the usual wet shave, depilatory creams are chemically based - and thus promise a gentle removal of unwanted hair.

Smooth skin: is depilatory cream a sensible alternative to razors or a waste of money?

In contrast to the usual wet shave, depilatory creams are chemically based - and thus promise a gentle removal of unwanted hair. The active ingredients it contains react with the skin, and the following processes take place: First, the natural protective acid layer is broken through to open the pores. The caustic soda (thioglycolic acid) contained in the depilatory cream then attacks the protein structure, called keratin for short, of the hair. Translated, this means: The hairs dissolve and remain on the skin as a gel-like mass. And this is exactly what you can easily wipe off with a spatula at the end. At least that's the theory.

Advantages:

Many manufacturers, such as the Veet brand, offer depilatory creams for every skin type: whether normal, sensitive or dry - you can choose between different products that suit you and your personal needs.

Disadvantages:

Not every depilatory cream is automatically suitable for the intimate area or your face. In any case, before use, pay attention to what is written on the packaging instructions - and always protect your mucous membranes from direct contact.

The chemical miracle cures can and should only be used on healthy skin. If this is irritated or even injured, we strongly advise against smearing and treating your legs or armpits with a depilatory cream (regardless of the manufacturer).

Shaving is not rocket science, but you should note a few important points when using depilatory creams: Apply the cream only to the part of the body that you want to depilate at the moment - avoid spreading it over a large area. Only allow the ingredients to work for as long as it says on the package insert. Otherwise your skin may become irritated. Then remove the loosened hair with the spatula provided and rinse your skin with warm water so that no cream residue remains on it. To activate your skin's protective acid mantle after shaving, you should apply a moisturizing lotion to the shaved parts of your body. Use a product that is fragrance and alcohol free.

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