Do Hair-Minimizing Body Lotions and Butters Really Work? 2 Experts Weigh In
Waxing, laser, shaving — there's no shortage of hair-removal methods out there, but when it comes to budget-friendly, store-bought products (aside from shaving, of course), the options get a bit more limited. You can give at-home waxing kits a go, but they take a little practice to get the hang of. Not to mention, it takes a strong mind and determination to rip a waxing strip off of yourself; it's not for everyone. Which leaves the question: do hair-minimizing body butters and lotions work?
How Hair-Minimizing Body Lotions Work
"[Hair-minimizing lotions] usually work by altering the structure of the hair follicle, making it weak in order to slow down the production of hair," said dermatologist Dennis Gross, MD. There are different ingredients that can be used in products to minimize hair growth, but capislow is one of his favorites.
Karly Fitzgerald, the senior manager of product strategy and development at European Wax Center, further explained how the brand's products work. "The hair-minimizing ingredients work by slowing hair regrowth at the root," she said. "This means that the technology only works on skin that has been waxed or plucked because waxing pulls hair out directly from the root, vs. shaving, which simply cuts it off at the skin's surface." These products use naturally derived narcissus tazetta bulb extract to slow regrowth.