Smooth Away is the $10 As Seen on TV hair removal product hailing from Europe that guarantees silky smooth legs without the hassle of shaving. Women ogle the product in the store, but are hesitant to spend money on a product they’re skeptical about. Is smooth, hair-free skin really as easily obtainable as the commercials make it sound? From my experience, yes and no.
What is the Smooth Away?
The Smooth Away comes in a small pink- and green-themed box that contains 1 large applicator, 1 small applicator, 5 large flex-crystal replacements pads, 5 small flex-crystal replacement pads, and 1 travel case. Open the package, slap a flex-crystal pad onto an applicator, and you’re ready to buff. The instructions require that your legs are washed and completely dry, and that your leg hair is no longer than 1/4 an inch long. The product will not effectively remove hair if the hair is too long. This makes the product only useable as a touch-up device after you’ve shaved recently, and not something you can use if you haven’t shaved in a week or more (depending on how quickly your hair grows). Push the applicator onto your hand and rub the applicator on your leg clockwise 3 times, then counterclockwise 3 times, on one area, repeating until all hair has been removed.
The Smooth Away Experience
The applicators are not make of a soft plastic — they’re hard. If you have a particularly large hand, it may not fit under the applicator handle. The instructions note that men can use the product as well, although I can’t imagine how they could fit their hand into the applicator (or how masculine they would feel using the bright pink product). The large-sized applicator I received was curved slightly inward, perhaps to accommodate the contours of a lady’s leg. However, that shape would only work if you could scrub the applicator up and down on your leg. The instructions specifically warn against that motion, so you’re stuck moving the applicator in circles. The ridges of the applicator proved a little harsh on the skin. After 10 minutes of rigorous buffing, I managed to remove most of the hair on one leg. However, “smooth” is not the word I would use to describe the end result. There were still many pricklies left, particularly on the shin. The small applicator only slightly helped with the removal of leftover hairs. I decided to try the product on my other leg using only a flex-crystal pad, and not the applicator. This was a little bit easier, as I could mold the pad to the shape of my leg. Although this took less effort and time, I still found it difficult to remove all of the hair. The product’s package does boast an exfoliating experience while the product removes hair, and I can certainly agree with that; the flex-crystal pads contain the 3M label on the back, so use your imagination. My legs felt absolutely dry afterward, so I took the advice of the instructions and used a moisturizer on my legs. I have sensitive skin, so I was pleased to not experience any real irritation, although my legs did feel slightly tingly.
So, What’s the Bottom Line?
I wouldn’t call Smooth Away a complete failure, and acknowledge that the product works differently for different women and their unique hair types. I also only tested the product on my legs, and not on my face, underarms, forearms, bikini line, or other suggested areas. If no one is going to be giving your legs a rub-down, the product does remove most visual appearances of hair, while lending the legs an exfoliating experience. However, the use of the this product requires more time and effort than shaving. If you often knick yourself while shaving, Smooth Away may be the way to go. But if you’re crunched for time, or are worried about skin irritation, you can leave this product on the store’s shelf and try a different hair removal product.
Smooth Away is not recommended for diabetics. Do not use the product if you have a skin condition, sunburn, or open wounds. Consult your physician with any questions. Although this product can be used on the face, it’s not to be used on the head or men’s beards.