January 3, 2012
My Teenage Self would be horrified to know I now have to concern myself with FACIAL HAIR, but it’s true. Getting older, hormones, having children-my body has changed, that’s a fact. I mean, I don’t have a full-on beard or anything, but I do have some unsightly hair on my upper lip from time to time. While it’s not particularly noticeable to most people, *I* notice it, and it makes me a bit self-conscious, especially in the sunlight. EEK!
Every couple of months, I’ll schedule an appointment to have it waxed. I tried waxing it once myself, and it was not very successful. I ended up with a still hairy, red upper lip, and I maybe cried a little bit because OUCH. So now I pay someone to rip my upper lip hair out by the roots with hot wax. Sounds fun, right? Being a lady is SO GLAMOROUS, you guys.
I had a chance this week to try a new product, thanks to Olay Skin Care and BlogHer.
New Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo is a uniquely formulated two-step system designed to gently, yet effectively remove unwanted facial hair, leaving skin smooth, conditioned, and visibly hair free. This gentle hair removal system contains a Skin Guarding Balm, applied before the removal cream, that hydrates the skin to minimize irritation, redness, and other tell-tale signs associated with hair removal creams.
I was very excited at the prospect of finding an alternative to waxing because, let’s face it, it hurts. And if I can do it at home in less than ten minutes? Even better; with two small children, a busy husband, and a business to run, it’s not always easy for me to find the time to hit the salon.
The verdict based on my experience? You guys, it’s LOVELY! The product is easy to use. Two simple steps: apply the balm, then apply the removal cream. Wait a bit (check Twitter, read Facebook!) then wipe it off. It doesn’t have a strong odor like a lot of other hair removal products, just a light, pleasant smell like hand lotion. And it worked!
I had quite a bit of hair on my upper lip, and when I wiped off the removal cream, the hair went with it. There were a few stray hairs left behind, but I think that’s because I erred on the side of caution and stopped after 6 minutes, when the recommended time is 6-8 minutes. I was worried that since I’d never tried it before, it might irritate my skin if I went too long. But I had absolutely no redness or sensitivity, so I’d be comfortable leaving it on a minute or so longer next time.
So! No more moustache! Hooray for that! I feel SO much better having the hair gone, and it didn’t cost me a trip to the salon and the pain of waxing. Fabulous.
To make things even more awesome, one of my readers will be receiving a $50 gift card from the folks at BlogHer and Olay!
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While we’re on the subject of looking good, you might want to check out the “Looking Your Best” posts in the Life Well Lived section of BlogHer.com. There are some great tips and expert posts!
Disclaimer: I was compensated for my time in researching and preparing for this post. But my opinions are my own, and I would never recommend a product I wouldn’t purchase with my own money.