Even though I prefer shaving, I use depilatory creams sometimes. Despite the fact that depilatories are supposed to prevent unwanted hair from growing for at last 4-5 days, this is not the case for me and my hair grows again sooner than that.
In addition, they take longer to use and have never given me such a close shave like razors do, but still they get the job done and are easy to use. But have you ever wondered what there is in these products that removes hair?
What are depilatories?
Depilatories are liquid or cream products used to remove unwanted hair from the body. They remove hair from the surface of the skin, or just very little below it, but not the hair follicle, so that’s why the results don’t last long.
Ingredients used in depilatories
Depilatories contain calcium or potassium thioglycolate, which are chemicals that dissolve the bonds of keratin, a protein found in skin, nails and hair. This causes hair to become so soft that it breaks off when you remove the cream from your skin.
Another ingredient used in this kind of products is calcium hydroxide. It increase the ph and helps deliver thioglycolate in the hair.
Some creams also include moisturizing ingredients like aloe or chamomile.
How to use depilatories
Apply the cream on the desired area either with your hands or the spatula usually included in the box. Remember that depilatories should never be applied to irritated or open skin.
Wait the amount of time indicated on the instructions, usually about 8-10 minutes and then remove the product with the spatula or a damp cloth.
After all the hair is removed, rinse thoroughly and apply a moisturizer. This will help diminish irritation.
Depilatories can cause irritations, allergic reactions and burns. Some people also experience skin discoloration.
Before using a depilatory cream, it is always best to test it by applying a tiny amount on a small patch of skin to see if you experience any negative reactions. If that is the case, wash it off immediately.
Also, remember to use a depilatory on the part of the body indicated on the box. Some areas, like the face, are more sensitive than others and can react differently to the harsh chemicals used in these products.
Have you ever used depilatories? What do you think of them?