If you're someone who typically removes the hair on your face or body — whether by shaving, waxing, or some other means of depilating — you shouldn't sleep on hair removal creams. Less high maintenance than shaving and much less painful than waxing, depilatory creams make removing unwanted hair as easy as applying lotion. But not all of them actually work, which is why you have to do your research before picking up any old bottle. Ahead, a guide to the best hair removal creams on the market.
Before you get to shopping, there are a few important tips for using depilatory creams safely to keep in mind. Mainly, you should always do a patch test (or two) before applying hair removal cream all over your face or body — especially if you have sensitive skin. Some of these creams can be irritating, so you'll want to make sure your skin can handle the formula before going all-in. Also, you can't just use any hair removal cream on any body part — so if you're looking to remove, say, the hair from your upper lip, please make sure it's a face-specific formula. Last — and this one might seem obvious — but be sure to follow the instructions to a tee, whether they involve any necessary prep, the application method, or the frequency of which you can use the cream.
Scroll on to discover the best hair remover creams for your face and body.