I have tried it all. Wax that you heat in your microwave, smelly chemicals that remove my skin but leave the hair intact and all-natural products that are sticky, messy and rip the hair from the roots. I always fall back on the old-standby method of shaving.
Not that there is anything that horrible about shaving. As long as you exfoliate and use a good quality sharp razor you can get a decent shave. The problem is that with shaving it feels like you need to do it daily to keep your legs smooth. When I saw the commercial for Smooth Away I must admit I laughed. Not another product that promises to leave you hair-free with no pain at all! I was not going to try it and then I actually heard of someone who used it so I purchased it at my local drugstore.
For $19.99 plus tax the package of Smooth Away contains 1 travel case, 1 large applicator, 1 small applicator, 5 large and 5 small replacement pads and instructions on how it works. The applicators are flexible plastic with a molded area for your fingers or hands. The flex-crystal removal pads look like a smooth sandpaper and stick onto the applicator. After peeling the protective backing from the pad and sticking it to the applicator I was ready to give it a try.
My biggest issue is my legs. I have darker, coarse hair and I admit that I do not always exfoliate as often as I should and because of that I have problems with ingrown hairs. It would be great to find a product that really works as easily as this one says it does.
I read the directions which tell you to apply pressure and rotate the pad in small circles. The directions say to go clockwise 3 times and then counter clockwise 3 times. I do this and immediately notice my legs appear whiter. This is due to exfoliated dead skin cells and applying moisturizer will bring your skin tone back to normal. I repeat this process of circles and only seem to accomplish getting rid of a whole lot of dead skin. I am disappointed plus my arms are tired! I had stubble and after running my palm up and down my leg, I still have stubble. Aggravated I put the applicator back in the box and forget about it.
A few weeks later I am watching television when I see a commercial for Smooth Away. In this commercial they show a rather hairy man rubbing the applicator on his chest. Next scene he has a patch of baldness on his chest and I think to myself that maybe the hair I was trying to remove was too short. Not having anything better to do at the moment, I grab the applicator from the drawer where I left it and take another shot at this product.
This time the aim is my forearms. Being of Eastern European descent, I am a woman with rather hairy arms. It used to bother me when I was young but shaving left too much stubble. I grab the applicator and go through the process. There is a little bit of white powder that comes off this time but also I notice baldness! Wow! I can hardly believe it. I do one arm and when I am done, I apply some lotion. I put my arms side by side and compare. A definite difference. I found the key to success. Apparently it works better on longer hair than it does on stubble. I show my husband, my teenage daughter and my adult daughter the proof. They are not as impressed as I am but at the time I just feel success. I do the other arm and proudly sit back and admire my smooth, hairless arms.
It is now about 2 weeks since that evening and my arms have a slight bit of re-growth. I cannot believe it and if I hadn’t seen it myself I wouldn’t. This product works. I have not tried it again on my legs as it is summer and I am not going to let the hair grow that long. Perhaps when swimsuit season is over I will give it a go.
I do not know how long the applicator pads will last. I guess it depends upon how much you use them. I can honestly say that this product Smooth Away does remove hair. Yes it does it painlessly. Is it the end to shaving? For me, sadly, probably not but for annoying hair it works wonders. I would also recommend to look for Trusted Laser Hair Removal Specialist.