My preferred method of hair removal is threading–on my face, anyway. Up until a few years ago, I frequented a lovely threading salon in downtown Philly. But then it closed, which is a real shame because there aren’t a lot of threading places near me. Since then, I’ve been patronizing those threading kiosks at the mall. They do a great (and cheap) job. However, it’s one thing to get your brows shaped in the middle of the mall and it’s an entirely different thing (aka mortifying experience) to have your upper lip and chinny chin chin hairs ripped out in front of passersby.
I tried to suck it up, close my eyes and pretend that onlookers weren’t snickering at me. But I’m much too self-conscious for that kind of public humiliation. So I had to come up with a more private method of hair removal. Luckily, I didn’t have to search very hard because Olay did the work for me.
I was recently sent a sample of Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo and it’s so genius that I couldn’t wait to write this review. The simple two-step system gently, yet effectively, removes even stubborn facial hair.
First, you apply a thin layer of the balm to the areas you’re going to target and massage it in. The balm acts as a barrier, preventing irritation. Next, you apply a thin layer of the depilatory cream on top of the balm. You let it sit for 6-8 minutes (it doesn’t smell too bad and it stays put, so you can do other things while it marinates), wipe it off with a tissue and rinse with water to reveal a smooth, defuzzified face. I mean, really smooth…baby butt smooth, with no irritation whatsoever (and I have sensitive skin). It was the easiest thing ever and it beats the hell out of public shaming.
Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo is available in two formulas: for Fine to Medium Hair and for Medium to Coarse Hair.