How to Use Veet to Remove Body Hair

Want to get rid of body hair fast, but don’t feel like shaving? Veet hair removal cream is an easy way to get rid of unwanted body hair without the pain of using a razor. Or, if you prefer a longer-lasting hair removal method, you could try Veet’s ready-to-use wax strips. Either way, we’ll give you step by step instructions on using Veet products to remove hair without irritation.

Things You Should Know

  • To use Veet hair removal cream, apply the cream to your skin, then wait 3 minutes. Gently scrape the cream off with the spatula and rinse your skin.
  • To use Veet wax strips, apply the strip to your skin and rub it in the direction your hair grows. Quickly pull the strip back to remove hair.
  • If you experience any redness or irritation while using Veet products, rinse your skin right away with warm water.
Method 1
Method 1 of 2:

Veet Hair Removal Cream

  1. 1
    Do a patch test 24 hours before using the cream. Hair removal creams can cause redness and irritation, so it’s important to test them before you use them on your skin. Apply a small drop of the cream to the area you want to treat, wait 3 minutes, then wash it off. Wait for 24 hours to see if you have any redness or irritation.[1]
    • If you do experience any redness, irritation, swelling, or pain, don’t use this cream on the rest of your body.
    • If your skin shows no irritation, continue using the cream.
    • Do not use the cream if the tube it comes in is damaged, since the product may be old or unsafe to use.
  2. 2
    Wash your skin and pat it dry. It’s easiest to use this cream after you’ve gotten out of the shower, since your skin will be smooth and your hair will be soft. Wash your skin thoroughly with soap and warm water, then pat your skin dry with a towel.[2]
    • Don’t rub or exfoliate your skin before using Veet. Hair removal creams can be slightly irritating, so avoid agitating your skin too much before you use the product.
  3. 3
    Spread the cream onto your skin with the spatula. Grab your bottle of Veet and apply a quarter-sized amount of cream onto your skin. Use the included spatula in the box to spread the cream evenly over your skin. You can add more cream if it doesn’t fully cover the hair that you’re trying to remove.[3]
    • You can use Veet hair removal cream on your legs, arms, underarms, and bikini area. Do not use the cream on your face, head, breasts, or genitals, as it could cause severe irritation.
    • If you have sensitive skin, use Veet’s sensitive skin line. It’s less irritating and is gentle on sensitive, delicate skin.
    • Don't apply the cream to moles, scars, spotty, irritated or sunburnt skin. Avoid contact with skin that has been shaved in the last 72 hours.
  4. 4
    Leave the cream on for 3 to 5 minutes. Hair removal creams break down the hair near the follicle, causing the hair to fall off and out of your skin. Set a timer for 3 to 5 minutes, and wait for the cream to do its magic.[4]
    • Leaving the cream on too long can cause irritation, so keep a close eye on the time.
    • If you experience any stinging or tingling during use, remove the cream immediately and rinse thoroughly with water.[5]
  5. 5
    Scrape the cream away gently with the spatula. Grab the spatula again and carefully scrape the cream off of your skin, going against the direction that your hair grows. You’ll notice that most of your hair glides right off with the cream, which means the product worked.[6]
    • Use a soft sponge or washcloth to remove the cream if the spatula is too abrasive.
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    Rinse your skin thoroughly with warm water. Rinse Veet off in the shower to wash away the residual cream and any stray hairs. Use warm water, not hot, to avoid irritating your skin.[7]
  7. 7
    Pat yourself dry with a soft towel. Do this gently as the area may still be tender after using the removal cream.[8] If a cotton towel is too rough, try a microfiber towel instead.
    • Always wait 72 hours between cream applications. This will reduce irritation and inflammation.[9]
    • If your skin feels dry or itchy, apply a fragrance-free moisturizer to the area.[10]
    • Do not apply antiperspirant or perfume to the treated area, or sunbathe before 24 hours has passed. Your skin may be tender and will be especially sensitive to the sun or to the chemicals for about a day.
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Method 2
Method 2 of 2:

Veet Ready-To-Use Wax Strips

  1. 1
    Exfoliate your skin 24 hours before waxing. Exfoliating helps remove dead skin cells for a smooth, even wax with less irritation. Use a chemical exfoliant or a physical exfoliant on the area you want to wax, then rinse your skin and pat it dry.[11]
    • Chemical exfoliants are better for sensitive areas, like your bikini area. You can use physical exfoliants on areas like your legs or your arms.
    • If you’ve just shaved your skin, don’t wax immediately. Ideally, wait until your hair is 2 to 5 mm long so the wax can adhere to it.
  2. 2
    Wash and dry your skin. Either shower or use a washcloth to scrub away any dirt or residue that may be on your skin. Then, pat your skin dry with a towel.[12]
    • Wet skin will cause the wax to slip and not adhere well. Be sure to dry your skin thoroughly before moving on.
  3. 3
    Rub the wax strip between your hands for 10 seconds. Grab a wax strip out of the box, but don’t peel off the packaging yet. Rub the wax strip between both of your hands to warm it up and prepare it to bond to your hair.[13]
    • Traditional hair waxing techniques usually involve heating a thick wax solution in the microwave or in warm water. Since this wax strip is “ready-to-use,” you just need to warm it up with your hands first.
  4. 4
    Peel the wax strips apart. Pull the top of the strips apart to separate the 2 that are connected. Set 1 wax strip aside to use later.[14]
    • You can reuse a single strip until it loses its stickiness. After that, switch to the second strip.
  5. 5
    Place a strip onto your skin and rub it repeatedly. Carefully stick the strip to your skin, then smooth it down with your hand. Rub the strip in the direction that your hair grows to adhere the wax to your hair.[15]
    • Don't apply the wax strips to varicose veins, moles, scars, or irritated skin. Wax can make irritation worse, especially on broken skin.
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    Pull the strip back on itself. Hold your skin taut with 1 hand, and make sure you keep the strip parallel to your skin. Grab the center of the top of the strip and pull it in the opposite direction of your hair growth. The quicker you pull the strip off, the higher your chances are of removing most of the hair.[16]
    • Avoid pulling the strips outward or in the direction that your hair grows, since this will break the hairs instead of pulling them out.
  7. 7
    Keep waxing the entire area with the same strip. You can reuse the same strip you just used until it isn’t sticky anymore. Place the strip down on another part of your skin, rub it in the direction your hair grows, then pull it back on itself.[17]
    • When that strip isn’t sticky anymore, grab the other strip that you set aside to keep waxing.
  8. 8
    Wipe the waxed area with a Perfect Finish cloth. Check in the box of wax strips to find your included Perfect Finish wipe. Use the wipe to remove any waxy residue from your skin and soothe irritation.[18]
    • You can also use oil to remove any leftover wax from your skin. Once all the wax is removed, wash the oil away with dish detergent.
    • If your skin feels dry or itchy, apply a fragrance-free moisturizer to the area.[19]
    • After waxing, it will take about 4 weeks for your hair to grow back.
    • Wait 24 hours before applying antiperspirant and perfume products, or before sunbathing. Since waxed skin may still be tender, doing these things may cause irritation or discomfort.
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  • Question
    I heard that Veet hair removal cream would darken the area where it is used. Is that true?
    Wiki English: Community Answer
    Community Answer
    Yes, especially if you have darker skin. Many people find that their underarms get darker after using the cream.
  • Question
    I am using Veet In-Shower Cream for the first time - should I wait until my hair grows out? (i.e., I shaved this morning; can I use it tomorrow?)
    Wiki English: Community Answer
    Community Answer
    You should wait until your hair grows out for the best effect. Veet works best if your hair is fully grown out.
  • Question
    I have tried Veet to remove hair, but it does not seem to get the roots, only the surface hair. Should I use waxing strips to remove the roots?
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    Community Answer
    Yes, but do not use them immediately after the Veet, as this may cause a painful burning sensation.
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Wiki English: Melissa Jannes
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This article was co-authored by Melissa Jannes and by Wiki English staff writer, Hannah Madden. Melissa Jannes is a Licensed Esthetician and the owner of Maebee's Beauty Studio in Philadelphia, a single practitioner space providing quality services with individualized attention. Melissa is also a National Educator for Universal Companies. She received her esthetics degree at The Beauty School of Middletown in 2008 and is licensed in both New York and Pennsylvania. Melissa won the "Best of Beauty" award from Allure magazine in 2012 for the quality of her bikini waxing. This article has been viewed 1,028,157 times.
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To use Veet, start by spreading it over the area of your skin where you want to remove hair using the spatula that came with the cream. The cream only needs to be on the surface of your skin, so don't worry about rubbing it in. Once you've applied the cream, leave it on for 3 minutes before gently scraping it off with the spatula. When you're finished, rinse your skin with warm water and pat it dry. To learn how to use Veet wax strips, scroll down!

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How to Use Veet to Remove Body Hair - Wiki English

Want to get rid of body hair fast, but don’t feel like shaving? Veet hair removal cream is an easy way to get rid of unwanted body hair without the pain of using a razor. Or, if you prefer a longer-lasting hair removal method, you could try Veet’s ready-to-use wax strips. Either way, we’ll give you step by step instructions on using Veet products to remove hair without irritation.

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