Nair vs Veet: Which is the Best Hair Removal Cream?

Imagine yourself in the skincare section of the department store. You’re looking for a hair removal cream, but what you find are shelves of hair removal creams. They come in all shapes and sizes, different brands, and now you have no idea what to do. Which cream do you need? Which one is better than the rest? Is there one for your entire body?

There are a few things you need to take into consideration before committing to one brand. Based on the reviews, there are two very popular and effective brands of hair removal creams: Nair and Veet. Both are available all over the world, and both will get the job done. But which is more compatible with you and your skin type. Here is a comparison between the two.


While both are depilatory creams that remove hair in a painless manner, the chemical formula is the biggest difference between Nair and Veet. Nair is known to be quicker and more effective, and this is due to it having a stronger formula than Veet. The fact that it is stronger does not necessarily mean that it will more likely leave you with chemical burns, but it is a factor you need to take into consideration, especially if you have very sensitive skin. The harsher chemical formula is evident in the smell of the product, as many people are often repulsed by the strong smell of Nair’s hair removal products.

Veet used potassium hydroxide and thioglycolic acid as their active ingredients, which are both common in many hair removal products. The concentration of these chemicals, however, are more diluted than others like Nair. The weaker formula might suggest that the product will take longer to be effective, which is the case. Some even claim that you may have to repeat the process as not all the hair is removed during the first take. Unfortunately, this is the price you have to pay if you have very sensitive skin in order to avoid a bad reaction.


If you are working with a larger surface area, you’re probably hoping for a product that does not take too long to work. Most people prefer to use Nair on their legs due to the fact that you only have to wait 3-5 minutes for the hair removal cream to take effect. The stronger formula allows you to cover a larger area and for a shorter time.

If you have the unfortunate gene of growing coarse hair on your legs, then you should probably opt for the stronger formula of Nair (as long as you are not too sensitive for it). The stronger formula offers better effectiveness as opposed to Veet. People with coarse hair often claim that Veet is ineffective, even when they leave it on for the full length of time allowed, or even when they repeat the whole process – it’s just not strong enough for thicker hair.

Another reason to go with Nair is due to the variety of products available just for your legs. There are lotions, creams, and even gels that can be used in the shower. You can take your pick of which product suits your routine or preference.


In this case, both brands offer a specific product just for your face. As the face is considered to be more sensitive, both formulas are mild enough that you are unlikely to experience any side effects.

Nair offers a facial hair removal cream that can be used on the upper lip, cheeks, and chin. The product only needs about 5 minutes to take effect before needing to be wiped away with a damp cloth. The face cream already includes a moisturizer in the form of almond oil as one of the ingredients so that your skin is left smooth.

On the other hand, Veet offers a facial hair removal kit that consists of the depilatory cream and finishing cream. Everything you need for the hair removal process is already included in the kit, like the spatula to apply the depilatory cream and the remover. This cream can also be used on the upper lip, cheeks, and chin. What’s great about Veet’s formula is that it already includes vitamin E and aloe vera, which is not only there to moisturize your skin, but it also helps with the odor of the product, making it more bearable.


When you’re dealing with the incredibly sensitive skin of your private area, it’s best to go with a product that has a gentler formula. Fortunately, both Nair and Veet have a specific product for the bikini area, both with gentler formulas.

Nair’s Bikini Cream is already made with a gentler formula as compared to its other hair removal products. It also consists of green tea extracts for nourishments. Nonetheless, if you are concerned about using a chemical product around your sensitive parts, it would be best if you settled for the most gentle formula of them all, which is the Veet BodyCurv Bikini and Underarms Hair Removal Cream. This is probably the mildest formula of all the hair removal cream products out there.

The problem with a very gentle formula is that it might not be effective on the thicker and coarser hair of your genital region. The mistake that people tend to make is to leave it on longer, but this is a big no-no. To be honest, if you have very coarse pubic hair, it would be best to find another method of hair removal for your private area, as many experts do not recommend using chemical creams in that region.


At the end of the day, it all depends on how sensitive your skin is. If you aren’t too sensitive to Nair, nor do you have an allergic reaction to the chemical ingredients, then why not go for the stronger product that is more effective in a shorter time? However, if you have sensitive skin, then you better go with the milder formula of Veet. You will still walk away with silky smooth skin, it will just take a few more minutes to achieve your goal. Just make sure to do a spot test before committing to the product, just to make sure you don’t have a negative reaction to the chemicals.

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