Grooming your body hair can be one of the most arduous life-admin tasks going.
From nicks in... sensitive areas, or the searing pain when ripping off a wax strip, it’s not always an easy process.
Whichever of these ordeals you’ve experienced, your manscaping journey is about to get a whole lot better with hair removal cream. They work by using chemicals to dissolve the protein structure of the hair at the root, so it can be rubbed away at skin level and leave you hair free for up to four weeks.
To use, simply leave it on for the required time, and then either scrape it or wash it off in the shower. When the hair grows back, it will be finer than it would be after shaving. And you’re less likely to have ingrown hairs too. We would recommend in-shower creams, purely because it’s quicker, easier and less messy - although they’ll both do the job.
When it comes to choosing a cream, you’ll need to know what area you are intending to groom. Some are meant for general body areas including chest, back, arms, and legs, while others, like Nads For Men, Down Under are specific if you’re looking to, er, tidy up the basement. We’ll let you know which are which in our reviews.
Make sure you always follow the instructions on the product and don’t leave it on for too long, or you risk irritated skin or even a chemical burn (baboon bum, anyone?). Better yet, play it safe and do a patch test at least 24 hours before use on a small section of skin to make sure you don’t have a bad reaction.
So, we’ve rounded up the best available to buy now that will get you looking as smooth as a Love Island lothario in no time (one of them is even endorsed by the show…).
Hoosh In Shower Hair Removal Cream
Best for: a great scent
For a cream that smells good, works quickly, and boasts vegan credentials, look no further than Hoosh. Formulated with provitamin B5 and witch hazel for a cooling and soothing experience, aloe vera with its antiseptic and moisturising properties, and neroli for a delicious orange blossom scent, once you use it, you’ll never look back.
Suitable for arms, legs, back, chest and armpits, all you need to do is leave it on for three to six minutes, wash it off in the shower, and you’ll be silky smooth before you know it.
Get 10 per cent off with the code ES10.
Buy now £7.50, Hoosh
Veet For Men Pump 400ml
Best for: sensitive skin (and Love Island fans)
If your skin is on the sensitive side, this Veet formula is the cream for you. Not only will it leave you silky smooth, but it will hydrate at the same time. You can use it on your back, chest, arms, legs, underarms and groin line, but not on your face, genitals, or nipples. Endorsed by the Love Island villa, you’ll be feeling like a hairless hunk in minutes.
Buy now £12.99, Boots
Nad's for Men Down Under Hair Removal Cream 150ml
Best for: pubic hair
Let’s face it, we’ve all had our fair share of wounds from grooming our intimate areas, and Nads for Men is the solution to this very specific but painful problem. After applying it to the area, leave it for at least four minutes and test a small area for hair removal, and if it doesn’t come away easily you can leave it for up to a further six minutes (although maybe don’t risk the full 10 mins for the first time - ouchy). When you’re done, wipe it off in the shower and you’ll be feeling fresh and ready to go.
Buy now £10.99, Boots
Nair for Men Hair Remover Body Cream, 13oz
Best for: in shower removal
If you want an in-shower cream to avoid any messy clean up, Nair for Men should be on hand in your bathroom cabinet. As one of the biggest names in the hair removal world, it’s a tried and tested formula that’s great for use on thick, coarse hair, but make sure you stick to using it on your back, chest, arms and legs. What’s more, it contains aloe vera to soothe the skin after use, leaving you silky smooth for days.
Buy now £15.32, Amazon
No Hair Crew Body Hair Removal Cream – Depilatory Cream 200 ml
Best for: coarse hair
As a brand that’s entirely dedicated to hair removal for men, No Hair Crew is one of the specialists on hair removal for coarser hair that has stronger and deeper roots. A vegan and cruelty free product, this cream has soothing ingredients and provides optimum results for legs, chest, back, arms, and pits. If you’re in the market for grooming your netherregions, go for their intimate hair removal cream instead.
Buy now £9.45, Amazon
Veet for Men In-Shower Hair Removal Cream for Normal Skin
Best for: a great all rounder
An easy rinse-off formula, Veet’s In-Shower cream is a great option if you’ve got a busy routine. With water-resistant ingredients, you only need to wait two minutes before stepping into the shower and then a further three before testing whether the hair comes away easily, meaning you don’t have to stand around clock-watching. Just make sure you set a timer so you don’t exceed 10 minutes while washing.
Buy now £4.66, Amazon