The 5 Best Hair Removal Creams

Gone are the days of uncomfortable shaving, waxing, and tweezing. Nowadays, you can simply apply a cream or lotion and let the product do the work for you. You simply wipe the cream on, wait a few minutes, and wipe off any unwanted hair. It’s that easy.

Unlike with shaving, which can dry out the skin, hair removal creams can actually help restore skin's hydration levels, leaving you with softer, more hydrated skin. It works close to the root of the hair, so the hair can take longer to regrow and your skin will stay smoother for longer, with little to no ingrown hairs, nicks, cuts, stubble, or irritation.

What is a hair removal cream?

Hair removal creams and lotions, also known as depilatories, can quickly and painlessly remove hair from the face and body. The results will last about as long as with shaving, anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks. When you rub off the cream and hair, you will also be naturally exfoliating your skin, so it will be softer and smoother than ever.

Hair removal creams and lotions work by dissolving the hairs, so it is important to follow the directions and watch the clock. If left on for too long, the creams can burn and dissolve the skin, making it sensitive. Start with the lowest amount of time recommended and build up from there, in order to reduce the chance of irritating your skin. If the first application does not remove all of the hair, wait to apply the second layer. Applying another layer immediately after the first application will burn and irritate the skin. It is also a good idea to perform a patch test on the forearm, where you test the product on a small area of the skin, before applying it to your whole body or face.

Top 5 hair removal creams

Veet Gel Hair Remover Cream

As Amazon’s #1 best seller in face and body hair removal cream, this Veet Gel Hair Remover Cream is effective even on short hair. Veet offers various different hair removal creams, which are consistently chosen as the best hair removal creams by various independent review sites. Along with removing any unwanted hair on the legs, knees, ankles, arms, underarms, and bikini line, it can also leave the skin perfectly moisturized, silky, and soft.

The sensitive formula contains aloe vera and vitamin E to help repair and soothe the skin. You can achieve smooth, soft, hair-free skin, with no nicks and bumps, in just about five minutes. It quickly penetrates the skin and dissolves hair closer to the root for smoothness that lasts up to twice as long as shaving.

The dermatologist-tested cream comes in a pump bottle with a convenient spatula for easy application and removal. Backed by over 80 years of experience, VEET offers a range of easy-to-use creams and waxes, chosen by more than 30 million women every year.

Currently $14.94 on Amazon

Veet Fast Acting Gel Cream Hair Removal

Veet offers various different hair removal solutions, which are consistently chosen as the best hair removal creams and waxes by various independent review sites, and this Veet Fast Acting Gel Cream is ideal for the legs and body. It offers a sensitive formula, enriched by aloe vera and an effective blend of essential oils and velvet rose to leave your skin hydrated, smooth, and delicately scented. It can also lead to less irritation, even for people with sensitive skin.

This product does not include a spatula, so after leaving an even layer of the cream on your skin for 5-10 minutes, simply wipe the cream away with a wet cloth. This Veet product received top marks from customers and various review sites, which dubbed it the all-around best hair removal cream. Most users found that the scent on this gel cream is significantly better than competing hair removal creams.

Currently $6.99 on Amazon

Sally Hansen Cream Hair Remover Kit

This affordable Sally Hansen Cream Hair Remover Duo Kit has remained one of the most popular pain-free hair removal creams for the face, upper lip, and chin area with women around the country for years. Dermatologist and salon tested, the moisturizing lotion quickly dissolves hair and stubble below the skin’s surface.

After using the gentle hair remover cream, you can use the extra care skin conditioning lotion to soothe and moisturize the skin. The kit is also enhanced by collagen and vitamin E to soften and smooth the skin, as well as willow herb and pumpkin seed extracts to reduce the appearance of hair regrowth. Many users found that the vanilla scent is much better than most other hair removal products.

Currently $5.98 on Amazon

Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo

The Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo is one of the top-rated “Best Of” beauty products on thanks to overwhelmingly positive reviews online. It features a Skin Guarding Balm and Hair Removal Cream, which work together to gently and effectively remove even the most stubborn facial hair from the upper lip, chin, cheek, and jaw areas in two easy steps. The skin guarding balm can help prepare and condition the skin, making it less prone to irritation. It is ideal for even sensitive skin, and will leave zero redness.

The dermatologist tested, specially formulated two-step system offers a smooth finish, which is especially ideal for women who use hair removal treatments every week, or frequently. The entire easy-to-use system should only take 6-8 minutes to complete, leaving you with soft, smooth, and hair-free skin.

Currently $33.90 on Amazon

Nair Cocoa Butter Lotion 

Nair is the #1 hair removal brand and this three-pack of Nair Cocoa Butter Lotion is the brand’s #1 hair remover lotion for both women and men. Ideal for the legs and body, this cocoa butter hair removal lotion takes only about three minutes to work. It features a fresh scent and can soften your skin with rich cocoa butter and vitamin E. It can quickly and effectively remove even the most stubborn hair, and leave you with results that last much longer than shaving.

Currently $14.82 on Amazon

And those are our recommendations for the best hair removal creams. As always, be sure to check Wise Bread's Buying Calendar to learn when and how to buy just about anything!

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Guest's picture

How can both Veet and Nair be the best? Which one lasts longer?

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Any suggestions for permanent hair removal without electrolysis or laser?

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I am an epilation fan, using a great epilator, which is Braun Silk epil model 7. I've tried for a few times some depilatory creams and the one that I liked the most was Veet. It is easy to apply and to remove, also, my skin didn't have any side effects from using it. But many people have some side effects, like burns or it isn't so efficient as it should be.

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Thank you for such a wonderful article dear. i am using styling lotion from long and its really effective.

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Crispin Benjamin

You guys are awesome!!! Please keep up the good work! Thanks for posting.

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sherina ali

i just heard about this nair hair removal cream that does not let the hair grow back fast it grows back longer but i was wondering can i buy from kroger if they carry it