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During the COVID-19 quarantine, I found myself in need to remove unwanted hair. I decided to use a depilatory cream, and stumbled upon Nair “Glides Away.” What caught my attention was the fact that it looked like a stick of deodorant, and one of my trouble areas were my armpits. Perfect right?!
Before I choose any cosmetic product, I have to do my research. My main source has become The Environmental Working Group (EWG.com). They are a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. They provide a ratings of products based on the ingredients they contain. Knowing this information makes me feel more empowered when deciding on a product I use or recommend to any of my patients.
How did they rate Nair “Glides Away?”
EWG rated Nair “Glides Away” as a 6 which is considered “fair.” At first I thought ” A six on a scale of 1-10, this is BAD!” But after digging deep and looking at the break down, I calmed down and realized why.
The concerns is with the fragrance contained in the product. It can cause irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs). However, the product can still be safely used.
How can you safely use the product and still get the benefits?
Use the product only as directed. Make sure your skin is healthy before using this product. Applying this cream on broken skin increases your risk for irritation. Also, do not use if you have sensitive skin or are prone to allergic reactions from topical products.
Make sure you apply the cream for no more than then recommended time, which is 10 minutes total. Leaving on longer than that will increase your risk for irritation, as well as exposure.
In addition, make sure you rinse the cream of thoroughly. If the product is not completely removed, you are increasing your risk of exposure.
After using the product myself, I would definitely recommend (as long as your skin is healthy and you don’t have sensitive skin).
I got results within 3 minutes and it was very easy to use. I will continue to use until I can get in for a laser hair removal appointment!
Dr. Adrianna Shardey, PharmD