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3/07/2006

Depilatory Cream

Depilatory cream is a chemical cream substance designed to literally melt hair.
It comes in different strengths, and sometimes with things like baby oil or cocoa butter added to benefit your skin.
Depilatory creams are typically best suited for the legs, underarms, and arms, though gentle formulas are available special for the face and bikini line.
Depilatory creams contain chemicals and should not come in contact with the lips/mouth, nipples, eyes, inner ear, nostrils, or genitals.

DEPILATORY CREAM - HOW TO DO IT
For legs, sit on the edge of the tub, for underarms stand over the sink.
Shake the bottle well, and pour some product into your hand. Spread it liberally over the desired area, but DO NOT RUB IN! This product is not designed to be rubbed in, and will give you some nasty irritation if you do. Spread it in a thick layer, like putting icing on a cake.
Leave it on for the directed amount of time (usually 5-15 minutes.) Then take a washcloth and remove the depilatory cream from a small area. If the hair doesn't go with it, wait a few more minutes. If it does, then you're done.
Don't use any product such as soap for a few hours afterwards, as this might irritate your skin.
If at any point your legs start to burn or feel painful, stop there and wash off the product to avoid a painful chemical burn.

DEPILATORY CREAM VERSUS OTHER METHODS
Depilatory creams are easy, fast, and if done right, painless. There is no chance of accidentally cutting yourself, and since the hair is not being pulled such as with waxing or sugaring, there is no pain there either.
Another advantage is the way the cream spreads on your skin, it can be easier to remove hair from areas like the underarms, ankles, and back of the knee where the skin is not flat and shaving with a razor may be difficult.
However if you leave the product on too long or have especially sensitive skin, you risk a painful chemical burn.
Depilatory creams are a little costly, but less so than sugaring or waxing. But most depilatory creams do have an unpleasant scent when in use, which is a drawback to some.

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