Product Type: Avon Hair Removal
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Avon Soft & Smooth Shower Off Hair Removal Cream
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Avon Soft & Smooth Shower Off Hair Removal Cream
Date: 13/10/11, updated on 24/06/13 (111 review reads)
Advantages: Efficient hair remover that is easy to apply without leaving cuts!
Disadvantages: Contains strong potent compounds that may irritate sensitive skin!
The 125 ml product comes packaged in a fairly sturdy box adorned with the Skin So Soft logo in a combination of sky blue and off white shades and has a twelve month shelf life. Also enclosed in the packaging is a three inch x 1 ½ sponge, soft on one side and rough on the other. This tool is for removing the cream from a small area of the skin after three minutes to see if the lotion can be withdrawn or left on to work further. The reverse of the package and inner product tube advises to 'follow the instructions on the insert carefully' with an added warning that the product contains 'Thioglycolate and Alkali. Avoid contact with eyes in the event of contact immediately flush with lukewarm water and seek medical attention'.
As a matter of interest, Thioglycolate is a pretty potent organic compound that is often found in products such as hair removers and hair perming agents among others. In the structure of hair removers, Thioglycolate basically chemically disintegrates the hair so the fibres can be easily removed. As the Alkali here is mentioned under a 'warning' heading, it is no doubt one of the stronger alkalis that are corrosive. Under strict compliance with the usage directions, these compounds are viewed as acceptable in the cosmetic industry.
But, as noted on the insert enclosed in the box, 'to test for skin reaction, before use apply as directed' under the 'to use' section, but 'to a small, quarter size area of the skin where hair is to be removed. Wait 24 hours. If skin appears normal proceed with entire application. I would like to take the opportunity here to apologize if the comments I have made on the ingredients Thioglycolate and Alkali, you were already aware of. I am simply interested in chemistry having studied the subject at Uni. My conscience wouldn't feel comfortable not mentioning such matters when reviewing a product that contains such potent components. Co-incidental to this, the manufacturer goes on to mention obvious sensitive areas the product must not come into contact with! :~)
My Usage Experience ~ Hair today...gone tomorrow! :~)
1) As I have never had a reaction to the ingredients of such hair removal products, I did not perform a skin test prior to use. Following the manufacturer's instructions to the letter, I applied a thick coating of the pure white rich textured cream onto the palm of my hand to spread onto a section of my leg which I ensured was completely dry. I generally start my hair removal task from my lower calf and systematically work up my legs. In performing the task in sections, I can ensure each portion of my skin is well covered, but keeping an eye on the time from when I began the procedure to ensure safe application! Avon advises that the hair remover must not be left on the skin longer than eight minutes.
2) The cream comes out of the soft plastic tube in a slow and thick flow. The aroma has a pleasant slightly chemical but sweet bouquet and cool to the touch. The lotion spreads easily onto my skin like a luxuriant and ample moisturizer. Upon the company's instructions, I avoid rubbing in the contents, but simply light spread the bountiful balm on my skin.
3) Immediately after I have completely covered my legs with the lotion, I wash my hands thoroughly with plenty of soap and water. Avon note that the consumer should check, using the sponge but as I have stubborn hair fibres, I tend to wait seven minutes and then remove the entire application. Around seven minutes after the initial application, I pop into the shower, set the water to powerful flow and rinse my legs until all traces of the product has been removed.
4) Unfortunately, there are always obstinate areas on my skin when some fibres remain. I simply reapply the hair remover over these sections, and find that the hair soon comes off easily after around a further four minutes. The sponge can be used again to assist in the removal of the applied areas, but for me, it is too tiny an implement to be of any practical use so I tend to use a soft cotton flannel that has been set aside solely for this purpose.
5) The results are excellent. Although I need to reapply the hair remover on certain patches of my legs, the product always manages to work effectively after a second shorter application. My skin is left feeling wonderfully silky smooth. Even though Avon notes that the product contains a 'moisturising complex', my skin doesn't feel particularly hydrated. This is not a concern as I use body moisturizers after bathing. With lightly toweled dried skin, I am free to apply the after shower moisturizer.
Recommend? ~ 'Keep Your Hair On'...Not with this little gem! :~)
Yes, I would certainly recommend this easy to apply hair remover. For me, it is a quicker task than shaving, affording no cuts or abrasions. The cream hair remover is no messier than using a shaving tool and rinses off fairly quickly. Those with sensitive skin should certainly do the 'skin test' due to the certain ingredients included in the formation of this product.
I purchased my Skin So Soft, Soft & Smooth shower off hair removal cream from my local Avon representative. I managed to obtain the product on offer price for £3.50 from the Avon brochure campaign 15. The product can be purchased through your local Avon rep or on Avon's online website, www.avon.uk.com
Thank you for taking the time to read my review on Skin So Soft, Soft & Smooth shower off hair removal cream. I hope it was beneficial :~) xXx
Summary: Affordable and effective hair remover leaving skin velvety smooth