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the work is never done

Like I said, there's always more dishes and laundry to do.

- call shrink
- dishes
- laundry

- upstairs bathroom
- shred assorted papers
- finish list of items donated on Saturday
- write

The new hair removal gizmo I tried yesterday is called Smooth Away ('ware annoying pop-up thing if you go to the site), and I would call it a success. I've been trying for years to find something that I could actually see myself using on a regular basis, and I think I've found it.

I've got the lovely combination of problems of relatively dark hair against very light skin, a very low pain tolerance, and very delicate skin, in part due to the fact that I have mild psoriasis. Shaving doesn't work for me because I'm blind enough that I'd have to do it outside of the shower, which is too much of a hassle. Waxing really doesn't work because of the whole pain tolerance issue; same for most of those long-term depillators that pluck the hair (Mum has one that's older than I am that she keeps trying to convince me to use). I'd resigned myself to the nastiness that is Nair (which I can't even use all the time because sometimes my skin doesn't like it), but then I saw this thing at Bed Bath & Beyond and persuaded Mum to spend the $10 on it.

The thing consists of two handles of varying sizes, to which you attach these adhesive flexible buffing pads. You make sure the skin you're going to use it on is clean, dry, and doesn't have any lotion or anything on it, and then you just rub the buffer over the skin, alternating clockwise and counter-clockwise. It took more than the three in each direction the packaging suggested, but it worked surprisingly well. It removed the hair without leaving any stubble or marks, and it exfoliates, too, so it even cleared up the ingrown hairs I'm really prone to (blame the psoriasis). I did both legs from ankle to hip, and it probably took me an hour, but I'm sure it would have been easier if I'd trimmed the hair on my legs first (I hadn't shaved them since A's grad party in December, and I'm a fuzzy person). It's important to apply lotion or moisturizer after, just like with anything that exfoliates.

The next day, I've got what feels like a little bit of friction burn, but my legs are still smooth and not discolored or anything. They're slightly stubbly to the touch, but I'm pretty sure touching them up wouldn't take too long. Obviously, if some other option works for you, go for it, but this definitely works for me.

Speaking of, I've now got three unopened bottles of raspberry-scented Nair to get rid of. Anyone local want them?


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May. 20th, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
A) I think you may want to unlink that site, it has an annoying, repetitive pop-up-esque window that keeps saying "are you sure you want to leave?"
B) Your sensitive skin doesn't react to NAIR? I have had crazy, week-long dermal rashes when I've used it.
C) I shave in the shower by sitting down on a shower stool so that I can get eye-level with my knees and see the strawberry-blonde leghair.
D) How would you define your leghair? All the reviews I read/watched said it didn't work on leghair because that is usually stiffer/coarser.
May. 20th, 2009 07:28 pm (UTC)
A) Unfortunately, it's the only site that has it. I'll put a warning on it, though.
B) Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't. For some reason I could never use Veet, though.
C) I'm so blind I practically need to be nose to skin, so I basically shave my underarms without looking and can only do my legs if I've got my glasses on.
D) It's coarser than the hair on my arms, but not a lot. It's certainly finer than my pubic hair, for example. All of my hair is relatively fine.
May. 20th, 2009 08:13 pm (UTC)
May I give one a whirl on a small patch of leg? I would love to see if it worked before doling out the moola.
May. 20th, 2009 08:14 pm (UTC)

So, what do you want to do this weekend?
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