Laser Hair Removal vs. Shaving and Hair-Removal Creams
Any time the television is turned on or a magazine opens, there’s a strong chance you’ve seen the advertisement.
“This razor is the best you can get.”
“Use this cream and wear short shorts without worry of stubble on your legs.”
Shaving and easy methods of hair removal like depilatory creams are fast and fairly simple.
But when compared to a longer-lasting option like laser hair removal, how do at-home options measure up?
Read on to find out how laser hair removal holds up against shaving and hair-removal creams.
What are depilatory (hair-removal) creams?
Depilatory creams are spread on the skin. After applying, leave it for a few minutes so the strands of hair weaken. The last step is simply wiping the cream away, leaving skin smooth and hairless!
Depilatory creams work by breaking down the keratin protein in hairs, allowing users to take a tissue and easily wipe away hairs. Keep in mind this process can get messy.
… when compared to a longer-lasting option like laser hair removal, how do at-home options measure up?
What are the benefits of hair-removal cream?
Convenience is one benefit. Hair-free skin can be acquired while seeing who gets a rose on The Bachelor in the comfort of your own home.
Another significant benefit of hair-removal cream is that results are instant. Additionally, you won’t have razor cuts or possible discomfort with laser hair removal treatment.
If done correctly, there will be no skin irritation with hair-removal cream, and in the rare case that there is, it will fade quickly compared to shaving.
Are there any risks associated with hair-removal cream?
Unfortunately, the chemical composition of depilatory creams can also pose a risk.
If the cream is left on the skin for too long, burning can occur. Burning seems to be more prone to happen in areas where the skin is sensitive like the groin region. Be sure to follow the instructions and be mindful of how long the cream is left on the skin!
What is the incentive for getting laser hair removal over shaving and hair-removal cream?
Where to start? How about cost-effectiveness? A common misconception is that a service like laser hair removal is a pricey choice, but a closer look at the long-term process reveals that it’s actually cost-effective. Consumers spend almost $250/year on shaving, and when you add that up over a lifetime, laser hair removal is less expensive.
How about effectiveness? After seven to 10 sessions of laser hair removal, skin is smooth and hair-free. There’s no need to set aside an additional 10 minutes before work or date night to shave. Oh, and those annoying ingrown hairs, cuts, and occasional razor burn? Fuhgetaboutit. There’s no need to worry about that once your laser hair removal treatment is completed.