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How Do I Choose the Best Hair Removal Lotion?

Helen Akers
Helen Akers

Choosing the best hair removal lotion involves evaluating what type of hair is to be removed, the skin type, and the lotion's scent and form. It is also important to keep in mind whether permanent or temporary hair removal is desired. In addition to hair removal lotion, there is a hair inhibitor cream that is used in conjunction with electrolysis or waxing. Hair color is another consideration when deciding to use a hair removal cream.

The first step in selecting the correct hair removal lotion is deciding where it will be used. There are different types of creams for facial and body hair. The skin in facial and bikini line areas tends to be more sensitive than that of the arms or legs. As a consequence, there are hair removal products that contain extra soothing ingredients such as aloe vera in order to address this issue. Hair removal in the chin area tends to be difficult due to its coarse nature, which is why cream specifically designed for the chin is of higher potency.

A bottle of hair removal lotion.
A bottle of hair removal lotion.

Those individuals who have sensitive skin might want to choose a lotion that causes less irritation. Some brands carry a "sensitive skin" version that is free of dyes and perfumes. "Sensitive skin" versions of hair removal lotion also tend to include extra soothing ingredients to help combat any adverse reaction. Testing the lotion on a patch of skin for an allergic reaction prior to general use is still recommended.

Some hair removal lotions come in roll-on bottles so that they can be applied more easily.
Some hair removal lotions come in roll-on bottles so that they can be applied more easily.

Scent might be a concern for some when choosing hair removal products. There are some products on the market that try to camouflage the typical strong scent associated with most lotions. A few of the more well-known brands feature less overwhelming odors.

Hair removal products are available in more than one form. In addition to lotions and creams, there are also sprays, gels, aerosols and roll-on applications. The spray forms might be particularly helpful for hard to reach areas such as the back or underarms.

Permanent hair removal lotions are an alternative to more expensive methods such as electrolysis. There are a few of these lotions on the market. If permanent hair removal is desired, this type of product might be the better choice. It is important to keep in mind, however, that they work gradually and that the length of time for permanent removal might vary based upon hair thickness.

Inhibitor lotions work by interfering with the follicle's ability to re-grow hair. This is a good choice for those with sensitive skin who want to gradually stop the growth of unwanted hair. Another method of hair removal is needed prior to using an inhibitor.

Hair removal lotion might not be appropriate for those with dark colored hair. Using hair removal cream tends to leave a visible shadow of hair beneath the skin's surface in these individuals. An alternative method of hair removal might be preferred in this case.

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    • A bottle of hair removal lotion.
      By: homydesign
      A bottle of hair removal lotion.
    • Some hair removal lotions come in roll-on bottles so that they can be applied more easily.
      By: Dmitry Vereshchagin
      Some hair removal lotions come in roll-on bottles so that they can be applied more easily.