Are you sure you want hair removal creams to be your preferred method for getting rid of unwanted hair? Or are you sure that you don’t want hair removal creams anywhere near you?
Let’s see what the answer will be at the end of this post, after detailing on every advantage and disadvantage that this option brings.
Hair Removal Creams vs. Shaving
There are two methods that remove unwanted hair without bringing any pain at all. Yes, you’ve guessed it. I’m talking about shaving and depilatory creams.
That is the biggest similarity between them.
Just like the biggest similarity when talking about waxing vs. epilation is that both remove the hair from the root, causing in turn longer results but also pain.
One gets rid of it by cutting it at the surface of the skin with a blade and the other dissolves the hair at the surface of the skin thanks to the chemicals in its composition.
I would say that the biggest difference is not in the way in which they remove the unwanted hair, one by dissolving it and one by cutting it. I dare to say that the biggest difference is that hair removal creams are not as popular as razors.
So, with that in mind, let’s find out why by discussing a little the pros and cons of hair removal creams.
Pro: Depilatory Creams are a Painless Option
In my opinion, this one is the biggest pro.
That’s the primary reason why women who don’t want to shave and don’t want to feel the pain caused by pulling the hair from the root, choose depilatory creams by default.
The hairs are dissolved in a matter of minutes. So the only thing left to do is to take the spatula or jump directly into the shower and rinse it.
I recommend forgetting about the spatula because it takes too long and you risk irritations in the areas where you don’t get to them in time. By jumping in the shower, you remove all the cream at once. Quick, easy, and not messy at all.
And that’s how you get incredible smooth skin.
Con: The Smooth Skin Only Lasts for 3 up to 5 Days
We’ve seen the biggest pro and now let’s see the biggest con for hair removal creams. This is their biggest disadvantage.
At the same time, it’s also a slight advantage over shaving, which only offers smooth skin for up to 3 days. So depilatory creams might offer you an extra day.
Pro: It’s an Easy Method
Anyone can perform this method without encountering any difficulties.
You just have to apply a layer of cream on the skin. After that, you leave it on for whatever time it says on the box. It usually says something like leave it on between 3 and 6 minutes. Make sure you follow the instructions carefully.
You mustn’t exceed the maximum number of minutes that you should leave the cream on.
Otherwise you might get burns and irritation. That’s nasty.
Con: Women with Dark Hair Might be Left with a Dark Shadow
It’s actually pretty similar to shaving. It happened to me too because I have dark hair.
The dark shadow or the dark spots are a very big con against depilatory creams and against razors, as well.
And there’s nothing you can do as long as you stick to either of these two methods.
Pro: Hair Removal Creams are Cheap
Or at least that’s what you might think. But through simple mathematics, let’s see if that’s really the case. Or if that’s what we believe, including me.
So let’s say that you pay an average price of $5 to be hairless on the entire body.
After about 5 days, you have to do it again. So that’s another $5. If you have 6 sessions per month, which is quite possible during the summer, the total cost is $30.
You can get an epilator for that money. Or a complete waxing kit. But these two methods cause quite the pain in the beginning.
Con: The Majority of Depilatory Creams Smell Pretty Bad
There is actually one exception that I know of to this rule. Veet Gel Hair Remover Cream with Essential Oils has a rose fragrance that makes it quite supportable. It actually smells nice.
Would You Pick the Creams over the Razors?
I’ve used razors back in the days when I was incredibly afraid of feeling any pain. So why one is more convenient than the other? I tend to think that razors are.
Shaving tops hair removal creams because it’s just so much more convenient to take a razor, make a few moves, and simply have smooth skin in a few minutes by a few strokes of the hand, instead using hair removal creams.
So these are the pros and cons of hair removal creams and their battle with razors.
Which one are you using or you would prefer if you were to give up to your current method? My pick would be shaving once again, if I were to renounce to my epilator.
If you choose depilatory creams, here is a post about the best creams for women, in case you don’t know exactly which one is the best depilatory cream for you.