Product Type: Nair Hair Removal
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Nair Sensitive Hair Removal Cream
Member Name: Wee_Jackie_163
Nair Sensitive Hair Removal Cream
Date: 20/12/12, updated on 20/12/12 (93 review reads)
Disadvantages: It really doesn't work very well & It smells disgusting!
I paid around £3.50 for the boxed product, which contains 100ml of the hair removal cream in a plastic tube. I thought this price reflected reasonable enough value for money and I have seen a small range of Nair products available to buy in drugstores such as Savers and Superdrug.
Full instructions are provided with the product so I was in no doubt as to how it should be used on my skin. It is advised to carry out a "Patch Test" on my skin to ensure it wouldn't react with the product, and instructions are provided on how to do this. I am also advised on the product's box that this test should be done 'Before Each Use' of the product.
I did this and suffered no irritation or sensitivity during the test, so assumed the product was compatible to use with my sensitive skin.
To use, I have to apply the Nair cream in a rather thick layer on the skin's surface, ensuring that all hairs are covered. I found this didn't take very long to do, and the plastic tube dispensed the cream evenly and quite quickly, thanks to its flexible material, which makes the process quite easy. The cream feels very cold on my skin, and this took a little getting used to. The worst thing about the application process in my opinion however, is the disgusting smell that is evident throughout this time.
Unfortunately, I found the strong smell lingered in my bathroom long after the hair removal process was complete, and I was able to detect it for several hours in my home long after the cream had been used. This is a shame, because the aroma is rather vile and disgusting, being completely chemical in its fragrance, and being strong enough to almost induce a tear in my poor eye. Hilarious then, that the product's box carries the description "Delicate Fragrance"...!! I would wholeheartedly disagree with this claim, but this is rather what I had expected, given my past experiences of using hair removal creams and their assortment of unpleasant odours.
The cream has to be left on the skin for 5 or 6 minutes before testing a small area of the skin to see if the hairs come away easily. If it does, you can remove the remainder of the cream from the skin, but I tend to find that I need to leave the cream on for another few minutes before I am satisfied that the hair is coming away properly........ Or so I thought, at first. The first few times that I used the cream, I assumed that I had not left it on for enough time as the 'testing process' seemed to indicate that the hair was not coming away properly. Thus, I always resorted to leaving it on for another few minutes before removing it all, as instructed. It seems however, that this is in fact as good a result as one can expect - that is to say, that even when additional time is allowed, the cream does NOT effectively remove all of the hairs that it has been smothering. Some are removed yes - most even, I would say, have been removed but most definitely NOT all. This result allows for a rather 'patchy' end result that is not at all suitable to me, particularly if I am planning on wearing a dress or a skirt. Thus, I need to dig out my shaving foam and razor and give my legs a going over with these tools to ensure a hair-free end result. The performance of the Nair cream has subsequently led me to the conclusion that it does not work particularly well at removing hairs as promised and I cannot trust it, as a result. I actually still have about a third of my tube remaining as I have lost faith in the product and have chosen to use a razor and shaving gel in recent times instead of using the Nair cream. It feels like rather a significant waste of time to use such a product as a hair removal cream on my legs if I need to follow the process by shaving them with a razor.
On the plus side, I didn't feel the product was particularly harsh on my sensitive skin. To clarify, I found that it did cause my skin to tingle slightly when the cream's 'waiting time' was almost up, although this tingle did not turn into a burning sensation or anything of the sort, which IS something I have experienced with other hair removal cream products that I have used before. After rinsing the cream from my legs, I noticed that the rather unpleasant 'tingling' feeling was still present and this did continue for a short while after use, before subsiding completely. I found that using a good quality, unperfumed body cream product on the area helped it to feel soothed and rather nourished, and this too chased off the annoying tingles.
A short time later, I noticed that the skin on my legs looked rather 'blotchy' with unsightly red patches appearing around the knees, almost as if a rash was forming on the area again. This blotching did subside within a few hours however, and was not present the following day. Taking everything into account, I do feel that the Nair Cream IS formulated for use on sensitive skin, as the product did not react overly negatively with my hyper-sensitive skin, nor did it cause any unpleasant 'flare ups' of my eczema. I don't think it is the most gentle, nourishing product that could be used on sensitive skin of course, but again, in my experience, hair removal products are EXTREMELY harsh on any type of skin, so those of us who suffer already can expect to suffer a little more by using such a product.
In summary, I would not buy the Nair Sensitive Hair Removal Cream again. For me, it didn't perform well enough at removing unwanted hairs, and I found the aroma to be quite disgusting. I could put up with the smell, perhaps, if it was a convenient product that worked well and made my life easier, but sadly it is none of these things and I can only really award it one star in the product rating score, as a result of these negative findings.
Summary: I will NOT buy it again and suggest you buy something else instead!
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