There are a few different ways that you can remove body hair, and which way is the best for you will depend on how much hair you have to remove, how thick your hair is, and how sensitive your skin is.
Shaving is the ‘lowest barrier to entry‘ when it comes to hair removal, but it is time-consuming and it is expensive to have to keep buying razors. In addition, it is easy to cut your skin, and you will find that your skin gets irritated pretty easily. So, you might want to look at some other forms of hair removal treatment in the long term.
A Comparison of Popular Hair Removal Techniques
The two most popular ones are hair removal creams and waxing. Of those, which is the best? Well, let’s take a look at hair removal creams vs waxing:
Hair Removal Creams
Hair removal cream is usually quite gentle on your skin (as long as you aren’t allergic to it) although some people do find that it dries their skin out. It offers a very smooth finish. It gets all the way to the roots and when you wipe off the cream, the hair will come out completely. This means it takes longer to grow back in, and it will usually appear finer when it grows back in, too, so you won’t have to keep re-doing it over and over.
The biggest downside of hair removal cream is that it is messy, and it can be a bit time consuming. You need to apply the cream to your body then wait several minutes, then scrape it off and wash off any residue. This takes a lot longer than a quick shave, and it requires enough space for you to comfortably sit or lie down and let the cream work its magic. You can’t just rub some on and then immediately scrape it off in the shower.
Waxing is another way of completely getting rid of your hair for a little while. Wax can be purchased in strips, or as little containers that you heat up and then apply a bit like a ‘roll-on deodorant’.
The wax sets and picks up the hair with it, and when you pull it out the hair comes out too. This means that you get a nice smooth finish to your legs.
Waxing is time consuming as well, and it has another downside – it can be a little painful! Some people find that it’s just a slight sting while you rip the hairs off, but for other people, it can hurt pretty badly. You’ll have to try it once to decide whether it’s worth the effort for you. If you insist on getting waxed but rather not feel the pain, then apply a pre-waxing numbing cream.
Waxing can be a little risky if you overheat the wax (you could easily burn yourself), so make sure you follow the instructions carefully.
Which is better: waxing or depilatory creams?
Both waxing and hair removal creams look expensive up-front, but you may find that if you shave your legs using high-quality disposable razors with interchangeable blades you are spending a lot of money on them anyway. Electric razors are cheap to run by comparison but have a higher outlay up front.
If you are planning on going away for a few days, though, and don’t want to have to worry about your legs while you’re away, then it definitely makes sense to try either wax or hair removal creams, because they offer longer lasting results, and they will leave you with silky smooth feeling and great looking legs quite quickly.