What are Depilatory Creams and how do they Work?

A cream that simply removes hair without the precision of shaving or going through the pain of waxing can seem too good to be true. The science behind them has been long perfected however, and depilatory creams offer a quick, convenient and safe way to remove unwanted hair at home.

The way that depilatory creams work is that they break down the keratin structure – the proteins – of the hair. This effectively thins and dissolves the base of the hairs, to the point where they are weak enough to be broken off when the cream is wiped away. The creams typically contain a number of alkaline chemicals, formulated to break down these proteins, but also to be safe for your skin. Different skins have different levels of sensitivity of course, so it’s important to get the right one for you, and to test an amount of the cream on a small patch of skin before you attempt to remove hair over a larger area.

Using depilatory creams rather than shaving provides you with a number of benefits. Let’s see what these are:

Stubble Free for Longer

Depilatory creams dissolve the hair just below the surface of the skin, unlike shaving, which slices through the hair just above the level of the skin. This means that you can remain stubble free for up to four days after using the cream.

Softer, Finer Hairs

With shaving, the fact that the hairs are cut through means that the ends are left squared off. This makes the skin feel rougher. In contrast, the process of using depilatory creams results in the hairs being dissolved and giving the hair under the skin a tapered end. This feels softer to the touch. Over time, you may even notice that your hair is actually growing back finer than it was – not quite as fine as you may find with waxing of course, but definitely a marked improvement!  

Quick and Pain Free

This is possibly the most obvious, and important, benefit of depilatory creams. It’s such an easy process, it can be done in the shower, or just before, and requires little to no effort on your part. Because you’re not dealing with blades, the risk of pain is completely minimised, and razor bumps can be a thing of the past.

So if being stubble free, with finer hairs and a minimum of fuss and pain all seem like the benefits that you could be looking for, then put down the razor and try a depilatory creaminstead, to see the benefits for yourself.