Monday, March 2, 2009

A Product Review: Smooth Away

How many of you have seen the commercials for Smooth Away? I bet many of you have. It looks simple enough to remove the hair on t.v. but I will be honest, many of the products advertised on t.v. look simple enough to use. So, when I was given the opportunity to try this product out, I was looking to be disappointed. I am a skeptical person by nature and not easily impressed.

After receiving my product in the mail, I had to wait a few days to try it out since I had already shaved that morning. It is pretty simple to use. The bigger pad is recommended for legs and arms and on men, the chest.
Smooth Away is recommended on clean and dry skin. So, after my shower, I dried myself off and went to work. The directions say to start out by gently buffing the area in a circular motion with slight pressure. Three times in a clockwise motion and then three times in a counter clockwise direction and repeat until the hair is gone. I have to admit that overweight people will spend at least 3 times as long getting all the hair removed. There is just more ground to cover and it took me almost an hour and a half to do just my legs. You also have to take into consideration the coarseness of your hair. The coarser the hair the longer it takes to remove. I am of German/Italian descent so, along with being overweight, my genetics was another strike against me.
Don't get me wrong, Smooth Away does work. It is painless, but it is time consuming. I just can't justify spending so much time removing hair with a product that takes me what seems like forever when I do not have the time to begin with. Shaving my legs takes me about 10 minutes in the shower to shave both my legs and underarms. Smooth Away also is about as effective as shaving when it come to the time it takes for the hair to grow back. Well.. for me it is anyway. I did try out the Hair Inhibitor Moisturizer that claims to need at least 61 days of daily use to notice a difference in the the time of hair re-growth and a more finer hair quality. I haven't used it long enough so I can't say whether it works or not. Although I do have my doubts. I just don't think I have the kind of hair that cooperates with this kind of hair removal. So this product will not work for me. I am sure that there are people out there that may benefit greatly from using Smooth Away. I am just not one of them.

One package of Smooth Away contains the following:
1 large and 1 small paddle
Four micro-crystalline replacement pads for each
Carrying/Storage case

I am not sure how long a box should last a person but I went through all four of my large pads in one setting. Like I said before, I am overweight and there is more ground and the pads do lose their effectivness quickly. They do remind me of fine grade of sandpaper so maybe that is why it exfoliates the skin as well. I wasn't really thrilled of "sanding" my skin either. It just doesn't sound all that appealing to me. Like I said I am very skeptical person to begin with.

The suggested retail value for this product is $9.99 and you can find it just about anywhere.

If you have the time to commit to this kind of beauty regimen than by all means you should try Smooth Away.


AmyD said...

I bought it too. I really like it, but have noticed, it doesn't work well on LONGER hair (heh) and I don't think it would work very well on the bikini line.

BUT! I did find that it works AWESOME for facial hair.

I like it for my legs, but if I forget to use it (and it takes a while, like you said) and the hair gets too long, it's back to my razor. :)

Mindy said...

AmyD: I know shaving can be a pain but I prefer it to almost anything out there. If I had the money I would have laser treatments everywhere!