I hate shaving. Chances are, I'm not alone on this. It's a daily (or weekly, depending on the temperature) ritual that everyone hates. I could definitely do without it!
That's why my interest was piqued when I saw a commercial for Smooth Away. This product guarantees smooth legs with minimal effort and no pain. When my friend Mary Beth came back from Thanksgiving break with a pack of them, I knew I had to try them for myself!
Smooth Away: My Experience
The kit comes with two sizes: A body-sized applicator that's three inches long and two inches wide, and a smaller applicator for facial hair that's two inches long and half an inch wide. Along with the Smooth Away applicators, the kit also comes with four refill pads. All of this conveniently comes in a small travel pouch.
After a day of growth, I was ready to finally try this "miracle" product. The instructions say to buff three times clockwise, and three times counterclockwise. Using the body-sized applicator, I did this for about five minutes, or the time it would take me to shave my entire leg. To my horror, I looked down to find my entire leg covered in what looked like white chalk.
Smooth Away Results
I really, really, really wanted to like this product. Honestly, it seemed like the answer to all of my problems: I'd stop wasting all that money on razor blades (site note: why are they so expensive?!) and I would save my skin from the nicks I still sometimes get.
I expected my skin to be 100% smooth after this product, but instead my legs felt as if I'd shaved 12 hours ago. Smooth-ish, but with a little growth. The more delicate areas of my legs, like my ankles, were especially hard to work. At one point, I had to rub so hard that I got something that resembled razor burn on my shins that burned for hours. A male friend of mine tried it on his chest, and experienced the same kind of pain that I did. Not only was it painful, but the "crystals" seem to dull after a few uses!
Smooth Away - My Overall Review:
The fact that Smooth Away turned my legs to chalk, caused me the pain of shaving with a dull razor, took a much longer time and didn't even give me smooth legs prompts me to tell you guys not to buy this! The only reason I can think of that you'd need this product is if you'd need to be clean-shaven as you're getting off an airplane. Save your $10 and buy some mascara instead!
What do you guys think?
Have you ever used this product? What was your experience? Do you know of any other as-seen-on-TV products that didn't live up to your expectations? Tell me in the comments!