When I recently saw a print ad in a magazine for Olay Hair Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo, I knew I had to try it! I really don’t have a lot of facial hair (especially since I had what I did have lasered years ago), but I understand how it feels to have unwanted facial hair and this product sounded intriguing. I remember being in high school driving my car and looking in my rear view mirror and noticing a few dark hairs around my upper lip. I immediately went to the drugstore and bought Jolen Bleach and ran to my friend’s nearby house at lunch time. Ever since then I have been obsessed with facial hair!
According to a 2010 Olay global survey of 6,600 women: we are as concerned about unwanted facial hair as we are about our fine lines and wrinkles! 41% of American women think visible facial hair (in certain areas) is not socially acceptable; 85% of women remove facial hair occasionally and; 4% of women remove facial hair daily. Phew. We are clearly all on the same page about this.
So Olay introduced their first depilatory, Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo, a specially formulated two-step system designed to gently yet effectively remove fine to medium unwanted facial hair on the upper lip and jaw line, while minimizing irritation.
· Step 1 – Skin Guarding Balm: This pre-treatmen thelps prepare skin for hair removal by providing a thin guarding layer while still exposing hair. The Skin Guarding Balm is exclusive to the Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo. The Skin Guarding Balm contains: a wax blend (sefa cottonnate and beeswax) to help provide the balm’s structure and defend skin’s moisture barrier throughout the hair removal process; glossamer (modified Chinese wood and canola extract) to help form a thin protective layer on skin’s surfac; and emollients (soy and cotton seed esters) to help the balm blend smoothly and soften skin. Just apply it like chapstick.
· Step 2 – Hair Removal Cream: This water-based cream is built on standard high pH, calcium thioglycolate technology. Infused with a fresh, light scent, the Hair Removal Cream is applied over the guarding balm to weaken and effortlessly remove fine to medium hair.
Now, when I tried it I had no redness! I get my eyebrows waxed and shaped about once every two months and I always have to leave the salon with Jackie O sunglasses for fear I will scare small children with the redness around that area. So the fact I had no redness at all was completely surprising. I also appreciated that the removal cream did not smell disgusting. I just wiped it off with a cloth after 6 minutes and I was good to go! As in, I could have gone right out!
Olay Smooth Finish Facial Hair Removal Duo Kit, $24.79
– Lauren Dimet Waters
Disclosure: Sample received for review.