These Are the Hair Removal Products We Use to Get Smooth Skin From Head to Toe (2024)

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Hair removal can be a pain (often both literally and figuratively). Shaving is oftentimes a tedious and time-consuming task while waxing can be painful and expensive (and not to mention a bad idea if you also use a retinoid in your skincare routine). But if your seventh-grade self learned anything from those experiments with smelly depilatories, it’s that at-home hair removal products were seldom the solution. But there’s a new crop of hair removal options that are challenging that notion. Whether you’re looking to temporarily or permanently get rid of hair on your face or body, there’s a product (or two) out there you’re going to want to try.

To find the best hair removal products on the market, we conducted hours of research and we tested some of our selections at home, evaluating each product based on how efficiently, quickly, and painlessly they could remove hair. We also checked for other benefits, such as whether they were exfoliating or moisturizing. Finally, after considering dozens of products, we landed on these high-quality picks.

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Best Overall

Dermaflash Luxe+ Dermaplaning Kit

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What We Like

  • Includes everything you need

  • Easy to use

  • Long battery life

What We Don't Like

  • Might irritate sensitive skin

A multistep system, this esthetician-recommended package has everything you need to get rid of unwanted peach fuzz from start to finish. It allows you to prep your hair, remove it, and then soothe the area after the fact.

First, use the included cleanser to prepare your skin for hair removal. This is formulated with salicylic acid and papaya enzymes to exfoliate the skin while willow bark and niacinamide soothe the skin and strengthen the skin barrier. The dermaplaning head can then be used in short feathery strokes to remove dead skin cells and peach fuzz. Lastly, calm the skin with the Hydrating Moisturizer.The result? Smoother, brighter, and more youthful skin.

Who It’s For

This is suitable for anyone that wants to remove very fine, ‘peach fuzz’ hair on the face while also targeting aging signs. This can be used on all skin types but is not recommended for sensitive skin.

Best Budget

Sephora Collection 4 Piece Facial Razor Set

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What We Like

  • Affordable

  • Portable

What We Don't Like

  • May not be ideal for sensitive skin

It’s cost-friendly to dermaplane at home. Sephora’s disposable razors allow you to exfoliate and remove excess hair on the face for smoother, younger-looking skin that’s also unobstructed for better product absorption. Each razor features an ergonomic design that’s easy to control and handle with a stainless steel head. As they are quite sharp, we’d suggest only using them if you’re confident in dermaplaning–testers say they can scratch if your technique isn’t on point. It kind of goes without saying, but they need to be kept well out of reach from children, too.

Who It’s For

These razors are suitable for anyone who wants to remove very fine hair on the face. They’re suitable for all skin types, apart from those with sensitivity or eczema.

What We Like

  • Affordable

  • Portable

  • Can be used daily

What We Don't Like

  • Battery life could be longer

Hair removal isn’t the most glamorous concept, but this discreet white-and-rose-gold device makes the process a little bit chicer. If you've ever tried to remove fuzz from your upper lip area, you know just how painful it can be. But this new hair removal device is designed to gently remove facial hair without redness or irritation thanks to an 18-karat gold-plated tip and LED light—it’s even safe enough to use every day. We’ve been using one of these little gizmos for the past two years and it’s made our (very painful) monthly threading appointments a thing of the past. It’s totally painless and the results are very long-lasting. It was our best-kept secret, until now.

Who It’s For

Hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested, this hair removal device is safe and suitable to be used by all skin types. It can be used all over the face – from the eyebrows, to the upper lips, face and chin.

Best for Facial Hair

Bliss Poetic Waxing Straight-From-The-Spa Hair Removal Kit

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What We Like

  • Safe for sensitive skin

  • Includes everything you need

  • Hardens fast

What We Don't Like

  • Takes a while to melt/warm up

This wax infused with chamomile oil is soothing and safe to use on sensitive skin. The cute kit includes spatulas and a pre-and post-waxing oil. To use, first microwave the cup in 30-second intervals until its consistency is similar to that of thick honey. Make sure to stir the wax gently between each interval. After heating, use the spatula and check the temperature of the wax on the inside of your wrist. If all feels right, apply the wax against the direction of hair growth, let sit until it hardens, and go to town. The wax contains a host of soothing ingredients including purifying rosin that removes dead skin cells, cruelty-free beeswax and lanolin, paraffin wax (known for its low melting point), and soothing chamomile flower. Salon results from the comfort of your home? We’re in.

Who It’s For

The chamomile oil in this wax means that it’s gentle enough to be used on all skin types, including sensitive. It can be used anywhere on the body – from the eyebrows to the legs.

Best Disposable Razor

Gillette Venus Platinum Extra Smooth Razor

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What We Like

  • Moisturizing

  • Comfortable grip

  • Affordable

What We Don't Like

  • Some may not like the weighted handle

Is shaving your go-to way to remove pesky stubble? If so, we found your new favorite razor, courtesy of Gillette. Each razor has five blades, which are surrounded by a moisturizing lotion for extra hydration, and a microcomb that leaves the skin feeling super smooth. Also, its grip is comfortable and it glides easily, so you don't have to worry about nicking your skin from pressing too hard. One blade should last up to 30 days and each pack comes with two heads.

Who It’s For

A razor blade is one of the simplest forms of hair removal and is suitable for all. Use it to remove unwanted hair from the armpits, legs and bikini line.

Best Safety Razor

Oui The People Rose Gold Sensitive Skin Razor

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What We Like

  • Safe for sensitive skin

  • Prevents razor burn

  • Provides a close shave

What We Don't Like

  • Can rust if left in the shower

Before you decide that you're done with shaving, this weighted single blade straight razor, made in Germany from stainless steel, could be worth a try. A noted Byrdie team favorite, it provides a close shave without all of the hair-pulling and after-burn often associated with razors, even for those with thick, curly hair. It’s designed with the ritual of shaving in mind, so you're going to want to take your time with this weighty razor. (Your smooth skin will thank you for it). Each razor comes with 10 blades, too, so you’ll be set for quite a few months.

Who It’s For

As the razor’s name suggests, this is a great pick for those with sensitive skin but it can be used by all. It’s also ideal for those that suffer with strawberry skin after shaving as it can help to reduce bumps and irritation.

Best Splurge

Remington iLIGHT Body Hair Removal System

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What We Like

  • Fast results

  • 90-day money back guarantee

  • Works anywhere under the neck

What We Don't Like

  • Takes multiple treatments to see results

If you're looking for more of a permanent solution, this at-home hair removal device uses intense pulsed light (IPL) technology to zap away unwanted hair. It's not exactly the cheapest in the bunch, but with a 94% reduction of hair in three uses, it's worth every penny. Before getting started, use the skin tone tester to make sure it’s suitable for wider use and find the power level that’s right for you. (Rest assured, it’s clinically proven and FDA approved). If you're worried about giving up using retinoids on your skin, a more permanent method of hair removal means that it won't be an issue for you for too long.

Who It’s For

This device is for anyone that wants to permanently remove unwanted body hair. It can be used anywhere below the neck including the armpits, bikini line, legs, back, and chest.

What We Like

  • Portable

  • Easy to use

  • Prevents cuts

What We Don't Like

  • Works better on pre-shaved hair

Whether you love being by the pool, beach, or just laying out in your backyard, this handy tool is your new best friend when it's time to start showing some more skin. The 90-degree angled head allows for total precision and maneuverability, making trimming your bikini line quick and easy. It follows the body’s natural curves and prevents any cuts along the way. The compact design is also travel-friendly, so you can conveniently pop it into your check-in bag on the way to a tropical location. It gets extra points for being battery-operated, so no extra wires or chargers are needed.

Who It’s For

This handy shaver is designed to trim and shape unwanted pubic hair safely and easily. It’s ideal for anyone who wants a more affordable and less painful alternative to a bikini wax.

Best for Underarms

Nair Sensitive Formula Glides Away

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What We Like

  • Safe for sensitive skin

  • Mess-free

What We Don't Like

  • Strong smell

Infused with natural coconut oil and vitamin E, this hair removal formula is designed for sensitive, hard-to-reach areas like your underarms. Plus, applying it is completely mess-free—just twist the dial to dispense the cream, smooth it onto your skin using the top of the applicator, leave it be for six minutes, rinse it off, and you'll be set with smooth underarms for up to six days.

Who It’s For

If you find daily shaving under your arms causes irritation, this is a great alternative. It won’t leave you with any bumpy bits either.

Best For Legs

Veet Legs & Body Gel Cream Hair Remover

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What We Like

  • Moisturizing

  • Smells good

  • Includes applicator

What We Don't Like

  • Long application time

Unlike other hair growth inhibitors of the past, this one doesn’t smell like rotten eggs. (That statement, alone, deserves a standing ovation). With soothing superstars like vitamin E and aloe, the formula glides on easily and performs its disappearing act in five minutes. It penetrates the skin and eliminates the hair follicle as close to the root as possible, revealing super-sleek legs with no stubble in sight. You can even use it on short stubble which is ideal if you don’t like to grow out your leg hair. To apply, take the included spatula and spread an even layer of cream to coat every strand. After 5-10 minutes, remove the cream using the same spatula and rinse the skin with warm water. Voila, vacation-ready legs!

Who It’s For

Dermatologist tested, this formula is suitable for sensitive skin and safe for all, including pregnant women. It can also be used on stubble and longer body hair.

Best Lotion

Completely Bare Don't Grow THERE Hair Inhibitor

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What We Like

  • Moisturizing

  • Smells good

  • Affordable

What We Don't Like

  • Must use consistently to see results

This cruelty-free lotion wears many hats, so to speak. First of all, it reduces hair growth with two ingredients: cb tri-complex and cap slow. These are clinically proven to reduce hair growth by 55 percent, hair density by 50 percent, and hair length by 30 percent. But the benefits don’t stop there. With ingredients like shea butter and white willow bark, it hydrates and soothes the skin while enhancing cell turnover leaving you with super-smooth legs. Plus, it has a super refreshing scent, thanks to lemongrass and green tea extract. For best results, apply the cream twice a day.

Who It’s For

This cream is for anyone who loves the look and feel of super smooth, hair-free legs but doesn’t want to shave every day. It can also be used anywhere on the body.

Best Epilator

Braun Silk-Epil 9 9-890 Epilator

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What We Like

  • Long-lasting results

  • Can be used wet or dry

  • Includes different caps for different areas

What We Don't Like

  • Doesn't have the best battery life

Wet or dry, this virtually painless epilator grabs onto even the shortest hairs that waxing and shaving miss. And the best part? It can remove hair four times shorter than is needed for waxing and, since it's basically a quicker version of tweezing, you don't have to pass on this new hair removal device if you also use a retinoid. It also comes with a number of attachments including a facial cap and a bikini trimmer so you can use it from head to toe, even in the bath or shower. Enjoy the results of a wax (up to four weeks of smooth, hairless skin) without all the fuss.

Who It’s For

With extra attachments for the face and bikini line along with the standard shaver and trimmer, this is for anyone that wants one gadget to do everything, hair-removal wise. Epilation is more painful than other options in this list but if you don’t mind that, this is an excellent multi-tasker.

Best Mask

Nair Leg Mask with Charcoal

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What We Like

  • Affordable

  • Moisturizing

What We Don't Like

  • Long application time

You treat your hair, your face, and your eyes to a mask, but what about your legs? Hair removal has a bad reputation for being painful and uncomfortable, but this treatment uses clay and charcoal to not only exfoliate and moisturize the skin but effortlessly remove hair and stubble, too. Just smooth the cream onto the area you want to treat, leave on for 5-10 minutes, and wipe off. Soft, smooth skin is yours.

Who It’s For

This can be used on all skin types but a patch test is recommended before using on a large area like the legs. It’s also a good option for anyone who hates the discomfort associated with waxing and epilating as it’s pain free.

Best for Brazilian

GiGi Brazilian Bikini Wax Kit

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What We Like

  • Includes everything you need

  • Safe for sensitive skin

  • No muslin strips needed

What We Don't Like

  • Reviewers note it is painful to remove

This kit has everything you need for a Brazilian wax in the comfort of your own home. This wax hardens—no need for muslin strips—and conveniently heats up right in your microwave.

The system comes with the wax, two pre-wax treatments, two post-wax treatments, and 10 applicators. Basically, with this kit in your arsenal, you are your own wax technician. Users like how effective the product is at removing hair from such a sensitive area but a word of warning–it is painful.

Who It’s For

This is for anyone who loves the very thorough hair-removal results of a Brazilian wax but doesn’t want to commit to the salon price tag. If you do want to remove hair from all the areas involved in a classic Brazilian, however, you’ll probably use most of the wax in the container.

Best Long-Term Option

Silk'n Infinity Hair Removal Device

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What We Like

  • Painless

  • Doesn't need to be replaced

  • Safe to use on all skin tones

What We Don't Like

  • Has to be plugged in to use

Although many hair removal devices are called “lasers,” many don’t actually use them. Instead, they use Intense Pulse Light (IPL) technology, which actually targets hair’s melanin to banish the follicle. Desired results usually occur after repeated treatment. Its biggest benefit: It’s completely painless.

This system, in particular, has a lifetime’s worth of pulses—approximately 400,000—which means you never have to replace the cartridge, which makes the hefty price tag well worth it. When gently moved across the skin, galvanic energy is released to open the pores, allowing for more speedy removal.

Who It’s For

Unlike many other devices, this one is safe to use on all skin tones. The brand states on its website that it’s ideal for use with lighter skin tones (I to V on the Fitzpatrick Skin Tone Classification Scale) and brown-to-black hair. It may work on blonde, grey, or red hair if there is enough pigment.

Best Long-Term Option, Runner-Up

nood The Flasher 2.0

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What We Like

  • 10 minute treatments

  • Painless

  • FDA-approved

What We Don't Like

  • Might irritate sensitive skin

Another (and more affordable) at-home IPL option is this pick from Nood. Each treatment only takes 10 minutes at a time, and you should expect results in less than 8 weeks. Another pro: it's been FDA-approved to be safe for the skin, so you don't have to worry about any damaging side effects. The LED display makes using it super easy and you can switch between modes to treat smaller and larger surface areas. Testers say, however, that it can be irritating on sensitive skin so we’d recommend a patch test before using on larger areas.

Who It’s For

This handy gadget is suitable for anyone that wants long-lasting hair removal without any associated pain. It may not be suitable for very sensitive and compromised skin.

What to Look For in Hair Removal Products

  • Removal Type: When looking for hair removal products, you should consider what type of removal you prefer or want to try. There are razors, hair removal creams, dermaplanes, waxes, and IPL systems that work in different ways to remove hair. Pros and cons exist for each type of removal process. Razors are convenient, affordable, and quick to use, but the results do not last long, and some people may experience ingrown hairs or breakouts when using razors on their sensitive pubic areas or faces. Hair removal creams take a long time to use but can provide more lasting results. However, they cannot be used on more sensitive pubic areas and often, not on the face. Dermaplanes and different types of waxes may work best on the face, although some people with sensitive skin may end up with breakouts. Dermaplanes are only useful for fine hair, typically only on the face. IPL systems, on the other hand, are expensive and can often only be used below the neck. They also take a long time to provide lasting results. People with darker skin or lighter skin with light hair may not see satisfying results.
  • Hair Type: The type of hair you want to remove is central to what hair removal product you choose. Fine and thin hairs will respond better to dermaplaning and hair removal creams, while longer, thicker hairs will require an epilator, razor, or IPL technology. Some products, such as hair removal creams, cannot be used in the pubic area, although they can work well along the bikini line. Look for hair removal products that make sense for the hair you wish to remove, from your eyebrows to your legs.
  • Use Frequency: Consider how often and how long you have to dedicate to the hair removal process. If near-daily quick removal suits your schedule, razors and dermaplanes are an excellent choice. However, consider if you’d rather remove hair for a longer time and can devote a longer initial removal process to achieving this. In that case, hair removal creams and IPL technology provide varying levels of effective hair removal, especially with repeated use. Some hair will require more frequent removal, such as eyebrow and upper lip hair. For these areas, consider waxes that are gentle on the skin or single small blade razors that are quick to use.


  • What product can remove hair permanently?

    IPL (intense pulsed light) technology can remove hair permanently. However, this process takes longer due to the hair’s growth cycle, which must be interrupted at every stage. This can take a few months, but some devices can remove 94% of hair with only three uses.

  • Which product is best for pubic hair removal?

    A razor is a safe and practical choice for pubic hair removal in the sensitive genital area. Some waxes may be suitable for the pubic area but beware of very sensitive and thin skin in the genital area.

  • Which hair removal method lasts the longest?

    IPL technology is the longest-lasting hair removal method that can be safely performed at home. For a less expensive and time-consuming option, you can try waxing or hair removal creams that last longer than shaving. The best epilators also typically create results that last longer than shaving.

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These Are the Hair Removal Products We Use to Get Smooth Skin From Head to Toe (2024)


What are hair removal products called? ›

Depilatory creams and shaving are both pain-free options for at-home hair removal. Both methods remove hair at the skin's surface.

What is the smoothest hair removal method? ›

Epilating: mess-free and long-lasting

Its unique ceramic discs remove even the finest hairs – even those four times shorter than waxing. The skin stays smooth for two to three weeks, so stubble is only visible for a short time between treatments.

What is the most effective hair removal products? ›

The Veet Spray on Cream is our top pick for the best spray hair removal cream for its convenience and efficacy. This formula is enriched with aloe vera and vitamin E, which provides a nourishing sensation on the skin.

What is head hair removal called? ›

Hair removal, also known as epilation or depilation, is the deliberate removal of body hair or head hair.

What are 3 types of permanent hair removal? ›

The three most popular permanent hair removal methods are laser, IPL, and electrolysis.

What are the two types of hair removal? ›

Hair removal methods can be divided into two categories: 1) depilation, which involves removing the hair shaft and includes shaving and chemical depilatories, and 2) epilation, which involves removing the hair shaft, follicle, and bulb, and includes plucking, threading, waxing, sugaring, lasers, intense pulsed light ...

What is the best way to remove hair forever? ›

Electrolysis can permanently remove unwanted hair. Once your hair is gone, you won't need maintenance treatments. It works on all hair types, including light-colored hairs, which lasers cannot remove.

What is the least painful method of hair removal? ›

If done properly, laser hair removal can be painless. Most people can agree that it hurts far less than waxing. Laser hair removal is chosen above other alternatives for its precision, speed, and predictability. The lasers can selectively target dark, coarse hairs while leaving the surrounding skin undamaged.

What is the most efficient permanent hair removal? ›

Best Diode Laser: Tria Beauty Hair Removal Laser 4X

“It's one of the most powerful and effective at-home laser hair removal devices available,” says Dendy Engelman, MD, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City. In fact, it's the same laser technology used in dermatology practices versus the usual IPL.

How can I remove facial hair at home in 5 minutes without? ›

Ways to naturally remove facial hair
  1. Sugar and lemon juice. You need to mix two tablespoons of sugar and lemon juice along with 35 ml of water. ...
  2. Lemon and honey. Start by mixing one tablespoon of honey, two tablespoons of sugar and lemon juice. ...
  3. Egg white and rice flour. ...
  4. Oatmeal and banana. ...
  5. Papaya and turmeric.
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What is the best facial hair remover? ›

Schick Hydro Silk Touch-Up Razor

This is a classic dermaplaning razor, not an electric device. If you want something electric, we recommend the Dermaflash Luxe+ Dermaplaning Kit or the Gillette Venus Mini Facial Hair Remover.

How can I remove facial hair permanently? ›

Even laser hair removal cannot permanently remove hair from the face. The only advanced technique for hair removal that can permanently remove facial hair is electrolysis. Electrolysis involves using an electric current to permanently destroy the hair follicle.

Do crystal hair erasers really work? ›

Crystal hair eraser advertisers have made some really big promises. In some cases — for some people — they deliver on them. But they aren't revolutionary. In fact, they don't even really change the game: The results are very similar to shaving, take longer to achieve and leave hair and dead skin cells everywhere.

How can I stop my head from growing hair? ›

The 2 main treatments are:
  1. electrolysis – where an electric current is used to stop your hair growing.
  2. laser hair removal.

Does Crystal hair remover remove hair permanently? ›

Designed for whole body use, such as on the back, legs, arms, underarms, ect. While crystal smooth hair remover may not permanently remove hair, it does dramatically reduce hair growth, so you can stop shaving or waxing for months to years.

What is the difference between a depilatory and an epilator? ›

And though the words are similar, the difference between them is huge. During depilation, only the part of the hair above the skin is removed, while epilators remove hair with roots and follicles themselves. One of the most commonly used depilatory devices is a regular razor.

What are hair waxers called? ›

Cerologist. A technical term for a wax specialist. Cera- comes from the Latin term for 'wax' and -ologist meaning 'professional'. Hot Wax. Hot wax is also known as Hard wax.

What is the most popular hair removal method? ›

Cheung note, shaving is probably the most commonly utilized method of hair removal because it's inexpensive, convenient and fast. It can be done on large areas of hair and is easy to learn. It's often less painful than something like waxing, unless you cut yourself.

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