The range of hair removal creams grows on the market is growing fast, much to the joy of girls who are pushed for time but don’t like shaving. The latest creams work in under three minutes and some contain moisturizers to leave the skin smooth and soft for days afterwards. Chemicals in the cream dissolve the hair at the skin’s surface, keeping your fuzz-free for anything from a five days to a couple of weeks.
Advantages: No skin preparation is needed, creams are much kinder to your skin than shaving or waxing and are great for traveling.
Drawbacks: You may need to leave the cream on for a little longer if your hair is thicker, but never go over 10 minutes. Some products have a slightly chemical smell, which can be off-putting, so make sure you choose a lightly fragranced version.
Tips: Wait at least 72 hours after shaving before trying a cream, use them in the evening rather than the morning, so that any irritation can go down overnight, especially on holiday, when exposure to the sun or chlorine can cause reactions. If you have sensitive skin, choose an appropriate formula and do a patch test.