The Pros and Cons of Smooth Away
The commercials are all over the television, claiming that Smooth Away is the best new way to remove unwanted hair; they say that it is simple, easy to use and painless, and even exfoliates your skin. But what are the cons to this ‘miracle’ product, is this really the end to razor blades and shaving gel, bumps and dry, ‘knicked’ up skin, or should we not be so quick to toss those blades in the bin?
Upon receiving my Smooth Away system, I had recently shaved my legs and decided to wait for the hair to fully re-grow before testing the new product. The advertisements say that millions of tiny micro crystals finely remove hair, since I didn’t really understand what that meant;
I wasn’t sure where the ‘crystalized’ hair would go. I decided that I would sit on the floor of the bathroom with an old towel under my legs.
The instructions said that I should rub one way in a circular motion and then in the other way, and that the legs would be smooth, hairless and exfoliated. As I proceeded to do this it quickly became apparent that a significant amount of pressure would need to be applied while rubbing the pad in the circular motion in order to see the results. I have to admit it really was quite amazing, the hair was disappearing, although I’m not really sure where it went, and my skin on my leg was so exfoliated that it was a different color than my other leg, it even had that tingly sensation you get after a facial at the spa. However this was after 10 minutes of circular rubbing in opposite directions, and I was only done one leg!
My husband decided to try it on his beard and chest, as the commercial says that it is ideal for men as well. My Husband being of African American descent has a thicker, coarser hair than mine. He found that it was very difficult almost impossible on his rougher beard, and still difficult but manageable on his chest hair. As he regularly has his ankles taped for sports he regularly shaves them as well, and found that the Smooth Away system worked for his ankles. However the time factor, as well as the less than perfect results he experienced, discouraged him from replacing his razor.
I asked a girlfriend, of East Indian descent, if she would try it on her arms and legs, while her hair is straight, it is thick and and plentiful. She did not find it any more difficult than I had, and also enjoyed the exfoliation part of the process. However also like myself, she was discouraged by the lengthy amount of time it took, as well, with the amount of work needed to see the results.
The Smooth Away system is a great alternative to shaving, or other hair removal methods, however when purchasing the product I wouldn’t be so quick to assume shaving is a thing of the past. While the exfoliation aspect of the Smooth Away, and its low cost, make it an ideal addition to your beauty routine, there are numerous negative aspects that add fault to it.
Firstly, in order to see results you need to apply significant pressure to the pad while using it, therefore some may say it is a lot of work, however to determine just how much work it is; you would need to determine someone’s definition of a lot of work! Secondly, from start to finish the process of removing hair is very time consuming, and could not be done properly if you only had a few minutes to get out the door!
Lastly, the crystal pads used to remove the hair wear out after time and need to be replaced, depending on where and when you purchase the system, you get a number of replacement pads, however when they run out they need to be ordered, which is time consuming, costly, and a bit of a hassle.
I believe that the Smooth Away system is a great compliment to your hair removal products; it most likely will not replace anything for you. I personally use mine less than I thought I would, however I find that I get my total money’s worth, when I use it prior to hitting the beach, since the dead skin has been removed, your legs tan easier and faster!