The best facial hair removal products that won’t irritate your skin
From a quick fix to permanent at-home results
Beauty Crew Contributing Editor / December 11 2018
We love the hair on our head - we will gladly spend a lot of effort styling, treating and colouring it. But hair anywhere else, we can’t say we’re a big fan. Especially facial hair (sans our glorious brows, that is!). Most women who have facial hair are mighty keen to get rid of it. But this isn’t an area of the body where you want to risk things going wrong, like wax burns, red bumps and skin irritation rashes. So you need to have full faith in the facial hair removal product you’re using.
While there are plenty of options for facial hair removal for women (read our full rundown on how to get rid of facial hair here), if you’d prefer to take matters into your own hands, then you’ll need a good at-home product. We’ve rounded up some of the best facial hair removal products around so you can remove your unwanted facial hair without worrying about the whole world knowing about it (read: no telltale redness).
#7 / Nad's Facial Hair Removal Cream
If waxing, epilating or even tweezing is too painful for you, then a depilatory cream is the way to go. All you need to do is apply this formula to the area where you want to remove your facial hair, leave it for four minutes, then wipe away the cream...and your hairs (it works by dissolving the hairs). The cream is enriched with softening almond and soothing calendula oil so it’s extra gentle and suitable for use on the face, chin and upper lip.
The review: “Nad's Facial Hair Removal Cream is my preferred treatment. It’s quick, pain-free and leaves my skin soft and silky smooth. Not to mention it’s also Australian-made.” Amanda, SUPERcrew member
#6 / Manicare Tweezers
A good pair of tweezers should always be on hand for plucking those rogue hairs on your face, including your brow hairs. And we are big fans of this budget-friendly one by Manicare. The slanted tip makes it easy to grab onto each hair and gives you ultimate control as you pluck it from the root, plus it’s made with stainless steel so it’ll last for ages.
The review: “You’d think all tweezers would be created equal, but there are just some that grab the hairs so much more effortlessly, and pull them out in one go. These tweezers are among the best I’ve ever used. And they’re so affordable. I also love that they’re constantly collaborating with fashion designers to bring out new prints - I have the We Are Handsome one and absolutely adore it!” Chelsea Tromans, Beauty Crew’s Contributing Editor
#5 / Nair Sensitive Mini Wax Strips
Enriched with rice bran oil and cherry blossom extract, these easy-to-use wax strips have been specifically formulated for sensitive skin, so you know it’s not going to cause any redness. The strips are also ready to go straight from the box, with no need to warm them up. If you like waxing, this is a great product to stock up on.
The review: “These are a game-changer for me. A quick rub between your hands, separate them and apply to the desired area. I use these on my mo', eyebrows and sides of face; they are so simple even my husband uses them on me.” Anne, SUPERcrew member
#4 / Braun FaceSpa Pro with Smart Detection SE911
This nifty device actually comes with three attachments - a cleansing brush, a metal toning head to improve skin care product application and penetration, and an epilator. All three are great, but for the purpose of removing facial hairs, the latter is the one you need. The word epilator may scare you, but this one is pretty gentle. It has 10 micro-openings to capture extra-fine hairs down to 0.2mm wide and only 0.5mm high, which is pretty impressive (and means you barely need to let your hairs grow before plucking them again). The head also moves fast, with 200 movements per second, which makes it efficient and effective. Oh, and this gadget boasts 105 five-star reviews on the Shaver Shop website, which we think speaks for itself!
The review: “Very happy with my purchase. The epilation head was my main reason for buying and I am so happy with the results of using it. My skin feels and is looking so good since using the cleansing brush. Applying liquid skin care products to my face with the MicroVibration head has certainly improved my skin’s appearance as well.” Jilly, Shaver Shop customer
#3 / Nad’s Facial Wand Eyebrow Shaper
It can be tricky applying wax around the contours of your face, which is why we love this applicator. It’s a lot easier to get precise results, especially around curved areas like under the brows and above your lip. You just twist the pen to release the wax, glide the tip over the area to be treated, pop a cotton strip over the wax, hold your skin taut and pull the strip off in the opposite direction to your hair growth. If you accidentally apply wax somewhere it’s not supposed to be, you can simply wash it off with water. We also like that the formula is hypoallergenic, all-natural and delivers hair-free results for up to eight weeks.
The review: “I am lucky and don't really have to facial wax, except for my eyebrows and maybe a hair or two above my lip. For these issues, I use Nad’s Facial Wand, and it works like a charm. The small applicator applies the wax to even the smallest areas fairly precisely, and the included wax strips can be washed and re-used for personal use again, therefore it is economical to use until all the wax in the applicator is gone (which, FYI, is about 6-7 times for both eyebrows and upper lip area each time). It is easy to apply and not messy (unlike hot wax).” Jacqui, SUPERcrew member
#2 / SmoothSkin Bare
At-home laser hair removal devices may come with a high price tag, but think about the permanent results you’ll get over time. The only drawback is you need to have dark hairs for this type of treatment to work (why? We have the answer to this and all your other at-home laser hair removal questions over here). We love this at-home laser hair removal product because it’s light and compact to use and you don’t need to swap between attachments - just use the stamp mode as it’s better suited to treating small areas like the face. This device works on upper lip hair, the jawline and side burns, plus you can use it to tackle unwanted hair on other parts of your body, which makes the investment even more worthwhile.
The review: “I bought this laser a few weeks ago. It’s amazing. It really works. I was sceptical but it worked on my chin and jawline from week 1. Larger areas such as legs take a little longer to see results but my hair growth has slowed and can’t wait until they have stopped altogether. This Bare IPL Laser has unlimited flashes so it will never stop working.” LJxo18, Shaver Shop customer
#1 / Finishing Touch Flawless Facial Hair Remover
This facial hair removal tool has 95 five-star reviews on the Shaver Shop’s website! And it only costs $39.95. What impresses us most about this ladies face shaver is the German engineered technology that’s gone into it - it has no sharp edges, so no risk of nasty knicks on your face; as well as how effortlessly, painlessly and instantly it removes hairs. It’s especially great for peach fuzz - you know, those fine, soft hairs that wax just never seems to grab onto and are generally too fine for epilators to pick up. While it doesn’t provide long-term results, it’s really simple to use and is so gentle you can actually use it daily, if need be.
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Chelsea is BEAUTYcrew’s Contributing Editor. She has a sweet spot for anything that claims to make skin glow and won’t leave the house without a slick of mascara. Chelsea has 10 years of experience as a beauty editor and her words can be found on BEAUTYcrew, Women’s Health, Daily Addict, The Joye and Primped.