“ Brand: Boots / Removal Cream / Type: Face Cream / Subcategory: Hair Removal / Suitable for: Face / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Smoothes, „
I bought this in a rush because my usual hair removal cream was out of stock and although I'll use it until it runs out, I'd advise anyone using it to think twice before they apply it to their face.
I personally use it on the hair above my upper lip. I have sensitive skin, but the packaging says it is suitable. The hair removal cream comes out in lumps which are difficult to blend into the skin and this often results in me using too much at once. Although I use it for 3 minutes as stated, I have come out with a raw red mark all over the area in which I applied it, and found that I broke out in spots once after using it for only slightly longer than the 3 recommended minutes. The redness fades after a couple of hours but it does mean that you have to allow time for that if you know that your skin reacts this way, which is inconvenient. I also initially found it more painful than my usual cream; however, this has improved with time and now it only begins to tingle when it approaches 3 minutes.
The hair removal cream comes with a separate tube of moisturiser, which feels cooling when used with its pair but mixes so badly with my regular hair removal cream. I tried to use the moisturiser after using another brand and it felt like acid on my face! It sent me running to the sink to remove it.
So, the key question - does it actually remove everything? No, but mostly. It does about the same job as other brands I've tried, but with a lot more hassle and potential side effects like redness, spots and a burning sensation if it's not used exactly as recommended. If you have sensitive skin and aren't willing to carefully manage it to avoid damage, I'd stay well away.
I was starting to get a tad paranoid about a few hairs on my chin so decided to give this product ago to see if my paranoia subsided.
You can currently pick up the product for £2.33 from Boots, it is for normal skin and is supposed to be easy to use, leaving you hair free and moisturised in 5 minutes. The product comes in a cardboard box and contains two plastic tubes, one is the removal cream (25ml), which is pink and stinks of hair removing cream (why do they all have to smell so bad?), the second is a white cream, 15ml tube which is an after care cream. The box also comes with a million reasons why we should probably not use it, these include:
* Doing a patch test prior to use
* Not using hot water or soap immediately before using the product;
* Waiting 24 hours after application to apply creams or other products;
* Waiting 48 hours between applications;
* Not using on irritated skin
* Not to let the cream come into contact with fabrics, furnishing or household items as this may cause staining or damage (ok on the face though!)
I could go on. I did a patch test on the back of my ear and it did not fall off so I whet ahead and used the product.
But anyway to use the cream your skin must be clean, using tepid water and dry. To apply they provide you with a small spatula, a bit like one of those weird chip shop forks you can get, but without the prongs. All you need to do is apply the product to the hairy area, without rubbing it in and wait for 3 minutes (I used a digital clock for this as you are not supposed to guess the time), then you test to see if it has worked, if not leave it for a further two minutes, but never longer that 5 minutes, as this will turn you into a hairy ogre, or was it that your skin will be damaged? Then you rinse the product off using the spatula and tepid water, apply the finishing cream and that's that.
Did it work? Yes but there were consequences. The hair I was removing was very fair and soft, so it worked well at the actual removing part, it did not tingle or burn and as I was using it I felt ok. I used it before I went to bed and then did not use any products other that the finishing cream until the next morning. When I woke up my chin felt a bit numb, and after looking in the mirror I had developed a few tiny white spots on my chin, they took a few days to go, so rather than being hairy I was spotty!
Anyway, overall I wish I had not bothered with this product as the results were not great after all. The list of things that the cream should not be in contact with should really be a warning that it will not be good for your skin and I will not be using any hair removal creams again.
Like a lot of women I suffer from unwanted hair and not just on my body. I have a slight downy moustache which isn't terrible by any means but it isn't something that I want on my face as although it isn't noticeable unless you are really close up to my face I know it is there and also make-up sticks to it and highlights the face that there is hair there.
My hairline has also always been lower than ideal and I get hair coming down the side of my face which again is really downy but I don't like it so I always remove it.
I don't shave this area of my face obviously as I do not want it coming back stubble and besides I would just feel wrong with having to shave my face.
I use a facial hair remover cream from Veet now which I find works but in the past I have used a remover cream from Boot's called Smooth Facial Hair Remover which was absolutely useless and a complete waste of money as it didn't even work.
I bought it as I am always keen to find lower priced products and I have been lucky to find some really good own brand products but this wasn't one of them. The cream costs £3.49 so it is a little bit cheaper than a branded remover but I wouldn't waste your money trying it as my experience was that it was rubbish and didn't work on me.
You use the hair remover by using the provided spatula to spread an even layer of the cream to the hair you want removed and then leaving it for 3 to 5 minutes to work and then you use the spatula to remove the rest of the cream and take away the hair which in theory should have fallen out.
I used this a few times leaving it on and varying the amount of cream I used to try and get it right but no matter what I did it just didn't work and I was still left with hair. Now the hair on my face is not very long or dark so it should have been easy to remove it but the cream still left the majority of it on my face. It took a little bit off but just wouldn't budge the bit above my top lip. If it couldn't manage to get rid of all my fine hair then I seriously doubt that it would even manage to get rid of any if your hair is darker and thicker.
On top of not getting rid of the hair this also stung my skin and left it looking red and sore for ages after using it.
I was really disappointed with this and would never consider buying it again as I personally felt like it was a waste of time and money using it.
No girl wants to admit to upper lip hair but let's be honest, we all have it! Fortunately I am fair haired so I don't have to deal with a thick dark moustache, but I do get bothered when I spot pesky little hairs sprouting up on my face and this is why I first began using hair removal products a few years ago.
I'm not a big fan of tweezers as I find it takes a long time to get the job done, plus it's an extended length of pain. I wouldn't ever shave my face either - it would just come back twice as ghastly! I usually use facial wax strips which work wonders but really hurt. On a recent trip to Boots I decided to go for a less painful option - Boots Smooth Care Facial Hair Removing Cream...
**About Boots Smooth Care Facial Hair Removing Cream**
The cream is described as 'Fuss-free and easy to use' and claims to 'remove hair effectively and easily in just 3 minutes without causing irritation'.
The key points on the front of the box are 'quick and easy to use', 'with moisturising shea butter' and 'minimal odour'. It is suitable for those with 'normal skin'.
The cream comes in a smallish pink box. Inside is a 25ml tube of facial hair removal cream, 15ml tube of finishing cream and 1 plastic spatula. Instructions are on the back of the box.
**How to use**
The cream is fairly simple to use. Just apply the product evenly in vertical strips over the skin and use the back of the spatula to spread the product so that all of the hair is covered in a thick even layer (but do not rub it in). The cream should be left for 3 minutes and then a small patch tested with the spatula - if the hair comes away easily then the treatment is complete, if it doesn't come away easily then you should leave for a further 2 minutes (but no longer than 5 minutes). All of the cream should be removed and the area should be rinsed clean with water (no soap). The area should be pat dried with a towel and a thin layer of moisturising finishing cream should be rubbed in gently until absorbed.
**Price & Availability**
Boots Smooth Care Facial Hair Removing Cream is only available at Boots (and Boots.com) and costs just £3.39 (not a bad price for something which seems to last for ages).
I have used this cream on several occasions.
The first time I used the cream I applied a thick amount of cream to my upper lip and spread it across the 'affected' area. It was a really easy process that took a matter of seconds. I left the cream on for 3 minutes and tested a small area. No hair came away so I left it for another 2 minutes. The instructions warn you not to leave on for more than 5 minutes and advise that you use a timer, so I made sure I knew the exact time. I removed the cream with the spatula and to my disappointment I couldn't really see much difference. The amount of hair on the spatula was very minimal, so minimal infact that I could barely see it. By this point my upper lip was really starting to sting so I washed the cream off and noticed the area was red and quite puffy. I applied the finishing cream which seemed to cool down the area. The redness went down within about 10 minutes. I noticed afterwards that the very small amount of hair that was removed had turned quite 'stubbly' to touch - you couldn't see it but it wasn't a very nice sensation, very manly! (This doesn't happen when waxing or using tweezers...)
On the next couple of occasions I applied as before and left for 3 minutes and an extra 3 minutes in hope that an extra minute would make some difference, but it didn't really. I had to use tweezers to finish the job off instead. Thankfully my upper lip wasn't as red or puffy on these occasions but I still felt slight irritation. The stubbly effect was quite obvious again afterwards.
My last experience was slightly better. I left the cream on for a total of around 6 minutes and it seemed to remove slightly more hair than usual, with very little irritation. There was visible hair on the spatula and less visible hair on my upper lip. Although again the tweezers were still required to remove the few remaining hairs unfortunately. Surprisingly the stubbly effect wasn't as obvious on this occasion, but was still there to touch.
The cream is described as 'minimal odour' but when applied under my nose it doesn't smell too minimal! It has quite a strong chemically odour, not eye-wateringly strong but still very obvious. The finishing cream is quite nice - it cools down the area, moisturises and smells pleasant (a little coconutty - similar to sun cream in my opinion).
Overall, the good points of this cream are that it's quick and easy to apply/use, the finishing cream isn't bad and it's an almost painless way of removing hair. The bad points of this cream are that it's not hugely effective at removing hair, it has an odd stubbly effect and can irritate skin. Looks like it may be back to painful waxing for me!