Product Type: Boots in Beauty
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Seems Like Such A Good Idea But Ends In Tears (well, a rash).
Boots Expert Exfoliating Mitt
Member Name: probablyedible
Boots Expert Exfoliating Mitt
Advantages: Quick, Easy, Convenient, Portable, Affordable.
Disadvantages: Irritation, Possible skin damage, Uncomfortable, Skin highly sensitive, Causes painful rash.
I received these exfoliating mitts as a gift along with loads of other bath and beauty goodies at Christmas. It took me a while to get around to using them as I kept forgetting I had the pack. One evening I came across them and thought it would be a good time to try them out as I had run out of disposable razors.
Now, I'll just take a sec to tell you what you have to do before I go on to my experience with them:
Basically you gently buff your legs in circular motions which removes hairs and exfoliates your skin.
You are told that, "Boots Expert Exfoliating Mitt leaves your legs feeling and looking great".
The mitts themselves are cardboard with one rough side not dissimilar to fine sandpaper. They come in a cardboard wallet with instructions on the back to help you get the best results, it also says that they can be reused. So, after checking that I knew what I was doing I plunged in!
My skin can be pretty sensitive but seeing as they were marked as suitable for all skin types I went ahead and did both legs straight away.
Initially I was pretty impressed as the hairs disappeared quickly and without too much discomfort, (although it was closer to sanding than buffing), plus a LOT of dead skin came away leaving my legs feeling unbelievably smooth!
Unfortunately for me this was too good to be true. Whenever I finish shaving or waxing my legs I apply a moisturiser for sensitive skin to help prevent any irritation or razor burn. I did the same after the exfoliation process and nearly jumped through the roof!
The small area I had applied the moisturiser to was stinging very badly, on the verge of burning. I quickly washed it off with luke warm water which offered some relief but didn't completely calm my skin down. At this point I realised the skin on the rest of my legs was feeling quite sore and was coming up in a rash like bad razor burn.
My legs did not look or feel great...
At this point I decided to leave my poor legs alone and go to bed. Luckily the stinging did die down and by the morning the irritation looked worse than it felt. I tried my moisturiser again and this time it just felt cool and calming.
From then on my skin quickly felt better but looked red and blotchy for almost a week meaning that they needed to be shaved again before they looked good enough to be seen!
I can only assume that these mitts aren't suitable for sensitive skin like mine. Due to the abrasive nature I would think that you'd need pretty robust skin not to have some sort of physical reaction. Usually you exfoliate with a grainy gel or liquid on wet skin whereas this was a rough surface on dry skin.
I don't think I'd recommend these mitts as the potential risk of skin damage and discomfort outweighs the convenience of hair free legs.
However I have found another use for them. They are very good at removing hard skin from heels!
Just be gentle and don't use on the delicate skin on your foot and ankle.
Summary of pros and cons:
CONS: (May only apply to sensitive skin, my experience only).
Possible skin damage
Makes skin highly sensitive
Causes painful rash
Summary: Good idea, bad execution unfortunately.
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