Although necessary, shaving is not something I enjoy or look forward to doing. I jumped at the opportunity to try something different for hair removal. Most of us have seen the commercial for a product called Smooth Away. The concept is simple. A special applicator is rubbed onto the skin, and is supposed to remove the hair. It leaves the skin smooth, and over time the hair grows back finer.
The package I received included a travel case, large and small applicators, and large and small flex-crystal pads. The pads have adhesive backings and so they can be applied to the applicator to be used. I did receive several of the large and small pads. The directions say that skin should be prepared by washing and drying, and to be sure there are no creams or lotions on the skin. It also says for the product to work best, the hair should be no longer than 1/4" long. I also received a lotion that is used to inhibit hair growth.
The directions state that you should use the large applicator on areas such as legs and forearms. I used mine on both. You are to gently buff the area in circular motions with slight pressure. You are to go clockwise 3 times in one area, and then counter clockwise 3 times in the same area. You should repeat until all of the hair is removed.
Results: It works! I must say I wasn't really expecting much. I picked an area on my forearm. I did the circular rubbing a couple of times and didn't see much difference. The directions say to repeat until hair is removed, so I just kept with the 3 clockwise and then 3 counter clockwise motions. After about 4 sets of those, most of the hair where I was rubbing was gone and the skin did feel smooth. I did have to apply a good amount of pressure, but it wasn't painful. I used it on an area on my legs with similar results. I don't really have problems with hair on my face, so I did not use the smaller applicator. I also did not use the lotion, only because I'm pregnant and didn't want to put extra chemicals on my skin. I'm not sure if this is something I'll use regularly because I'm impatient and would probably just rather shave and be done with it. If the hair stays gone for awhile, though, it might definitely be something I'll use. I'll update this post at a later time regarding how long it takes for the hair to start growing back, and if it's something I'll continue to use.