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Tesco Ready To Use Wax Strips
Member Name: GPuddleduck
Tesco Ready To Use Wax Strips
Advantages: Lasts longer than shaving
Disadvantages: It hurts and I wasn't left with silky soft skin as I expected
Whilst my husband was away with work I decided it would be the perfect opportunity to grow the hairs on my legs and have a go at home leg waxing. I had tried it once before with one of my friends when I was about 13 and I didn't remember it being that painful - it was! I've tried hair-removing creams but have never found them to be that effective.
I browsed around the isles is Tesco and came across the Tesco brand of ready to use leg waxing strips. They were £3.50, which was about half the price of the other available brand at £6.60. For your £3.50 you get 20 ready to use waxing strips, 4 finishing wipes and an instruction leaflet. The hairs on your legs need to be about 4mm long for the product to be effective. It doesn't say this on the packaging, it is only mentioned in the instruction leaflet.
I built up the courage and sat down to try the first strip. 2 strips are faced together (wax on wax) you rub the strips between your hands for about 30 seconds, to warm up the wax, then gently peel them apart. I warmed them between my hands for about 1 minutes. Place one of the strips on your leg, pressing downwards. Do not leave on your legs for more than a few seconds. Using your other hand taught your skin and in one quick movement rip the strip off as close to your leg as possible to avoid bruising.
After the first strip, I decided that I would stop there and leave it for a day to make sure my skin didn't react badly - plus I couldn't face another strip! I had no reaction and continued the next, after also seeking some advice on how to make it less painful. Top tips are - shower or bath first to soften your skin, pores and hair. Then take a paracetamol or ibruprofen half an hour before you begin - it does help. Your legs must be dry and free from oils.
Each strip can be used up to 4 times, which is a bonus. After you have used 2 strips, stick them back together wax facing wax, warm them in your hands again and then repeat.
Overall I wasn't that impressed. My legs were not as smooth as I thought they would be and it hurt - A LOT! However I have been told that home waxing is never as effective as getting it done professionally. I am convinced that if I continue to do it, it will get better and easier. I wasn't really left with much wax residue but I did use a couple of the finishing strips to be sure there wasn't any. On my test run I just used some baby oil on cotton wool as I was told it has the same effect.
Moisturise your legs well after completion and I was told to exfoliate you legs when bathing and showering to avoid any ingrown hairs.
In the end I only used about 10 of the strips because I used each one more than once and only did up to my knees. Therefore I still have another 10 to use the next time I manage to build up the courage to do it. At £3.50 I think this is really good value for money.
Summary: Not a bad product. Easy to use and no mess.
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