How long do Smooth Away pads last?
By doobiegirl from Springfield, MO
Biggest waste of ten bucks. it only slightly trims down the hair to a poky stubble (should have just shaved to begin with), hair does NOT simply smooth away because the hair did NOT go away. it just left my skin red and irritated. so much for exfoliating. I would NOT recommend it.
I totally agree with the previous poster that it's a complete waste of money.
I have been using a similar "system" for many years on my legs. Only I didn't pay $10 for it.
I buy 260 grit sandpaper! I cut it into a size that's easy for me to handle and gently rub my legs with it. The first few times I did it my legs were left a little red and irritated, but they quickly became accustomed to it. Now I use this all the time instead of shaving at all. I haven't shaved in about 5 yrs now.
Also I've found that if I do this regularly, before long I don't have to do it as often because somehow it does seem to inhibit the growth. Don't know how or why but it does.
Gosh.. it is like using sandpaper! I won't even consider it! when I saw the ads on facebook, I was thinking, what are these people thinking!
Since World War II women have used sand paper for hair removal. This technique came about becasue due to rationing razor blades were virtually impossible to procure.
The best choice of abrasive is 600 grit sand paper as it is very fine and will not damage the skin.
Sorry..but OUCH to the 260 grit. I do not even use that when I do body work on my Trans Am. That has got to hurt like hell.
I have a Conair HB5R that has rotating discs which have the same abrasive material as Smooth Away. My machine is electrical and the discs are a two-component system: The center disc rotates in one direction and the outer disc rotates in the other. It is an easy process to remove all body and facial hair. Additionally, I only have to repeat the process every couple of weeks and I have the added benefit of skin exfoliation.
Because Conair no longer markets this device and has ceased to sell replacement discs I have come up with the perfect soultion: I buy 600 grit adhesive backed sanding discs and just apply them to the discs. I can also use Velcro backed discs. Either platform works just fine. Additionally, you can buy the Smooth Away replacement pads (generic from International sellers) which can be cut to fit the discs as well.
You can still get this device on Amazon or eBay. It comes in 3 platforms HB1R, HB5, and HB4R. The HB5R offeres the most diverse selection of discs. I have them all.
This process of hair removal can also be done manually. No matter which method you choose it must always be performed on completely dry skin.
Things You'll Need
600 grit sandpaper
Rinse skin with cool water. Pat skin dry with a towel. I always follow this step with some Thayer's Rose Petal With Hazel. It is alcohol free and ensures my skin is completely dry and free of any residue. Thayer's makes great alcohol free witch hazel and has a wide variety of fragrances that are light and pleasant.
Wrap a piece of 600 grit sandpaper around your index finger. The backside of the sandpaper should be against your finger and the abrasive side of the paper should be facing out.
Rub the abrasive side of the sandpaper gently on facial skin to remove hair. Working on one spot at a time, gently rub the skin with the sandpaper in a clockwise motion three times. Then change directions and gently rub the skin in a counter-clockwise motion three times. This process may need to be repeated several times to successfully remove hair.
Apply moisturizer to the skin. I make my own special moisturizer: shealoe butter mixed with 10% Honeyquat PF and 10% glycerin by weight.
Works just great for me.
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Does anyone know what kind of crystals "Smooth Away" is made from? Or any other ingredients used to make the surface of the pads?
Adaorah from Houston, TX
I've been wondering about that myself. I was considering going to an As Seen on TV store here in Atlanta just to see if I could find out. I hope someone has them and knows. (01/30/2009)
Here is a website concerning this product:
I would think it would be more expensive than shaving would be. I read where you have to buy a new pad every two times you use it on your legs. That sounds like too much money to me.
Personally speaking, there are so many toxins in the environment and in lotions etc that we put on our skin, I would hesitate to use any product that would irritate the skin the way this one says it does. Leaving the skin more vulnerable to chemicals, toxins etc. (02/01/2009)
By Robyn Fed
Watching that commercial today, I was pondering the careful use of very fine sandpaper. Emphasize the 'careful' part, as pressing hard might cause abrasions. (02/01/2009)
There are many confusing feedbacks on this product. I suggest trying it for yourself and seeing if it works for your skin. (02/02/2009)
I found these pads at a Walgreen's pharmacy saving the shipping and handling. I decided to try them at least once. I was pleasantly surprised as to how smooth they made my legs. I have very sensitive skin and showed no signs of irritation whatsoever. The polishing pads were very smooth and did not feel grainy at all. I was very careful not to apply too much pressure on my skin. I am not saying that everyone will be satisfied, but I certainly was. I intend to continue to use them at least until I use all the pads that came with the original package. (02/03/2009)
I bought something like this years ago at Ames. It was called Hair Off Mitten. I really liked it. I don't know if it's just like the Smooth Away Hair Removal Pad, but it was cheaper. I did a search for the Hair Off Mitten and found out that it is still sold today. (02/03/2009)
This product was no good for me. I couldn't get any hair to remove, all I got was red skin, and no results. I would not buy this product, as it's a waste of money. (02/09/2009)
I think shaving is much more economical. It takes me 20 seconds in the shower to shave. Why waste the money? (02/16/2009)
If you want to save a few more dollars, use conditioner instead of shaving cream. You use less of it and it leaves you really soft. (02/16/2009)
I had bought it three days ago and tried it today. When I used it, I realized it wasn't working. Then, I decided to try it on my armpits, and nothing was happening, so I tried harder, and then my skin became irritated. A few minutes later, it began burning, and now it has been about 5 hours and it's still burning. I don't recommend buying this rubbish. (02/19/2009)
By it burns
I bought this product yesterday and love it. It removes my facial hair wonderfully with almost no pressure and doesn't take long. I guess how long would depend on the type of one's hair. Haven't tried it on my legs and probably won't. The instructions say to remove all skincare products, etc. prior to use, so that may be the problem many people have encountered. Plus you have to use a circular motion. (03/16/2009)
I bought this product and read all the directions. I did exactly as they say and this did nothing but irritate my skin, even after using lotion my skin is still raw. But I still have hair. No matter where I tried it this did not work at all. I do not recommended this product for anyone. (03/16/2009)
I was thinking of trying this product. Now, I still don't know what to do. Some say yes, some say no. Reckon I'll stick to shaving! (03/16/2009)
Being it seems to work for some and not others, I think some skins might not be able to take it well. I got it for unwanted facial hair, and tried it out on my arm first. The hair came right off my arm without any problems. But when I tried it on my face, it was a real job, and to top it off, I'm stuck at home now with very dry, raw skin on my face. It hurt for the entire day that I did it, and now I have burn marks on my face. I don't blame them, it's like I said. Maybe some skin types can take it and some can't. (03/21/2009)
I would never ever recommend this product to anyone. I recently used it on my upper lip and am now suffering with a burn that is very visible and embarrassing. Does anyone have a number for them where I could get my money back? (04/13/2009)
I just bought my kit today. I gotta say, after spending $700 on laser hair removal a couple years ago and having it ALL grow back, it was worth it to spend $12 at Wal-Mart to give this a shot. Facial hair that's been shaved is too coarse to remove with Nair or any similar product. I could probably let it grow an inch long and try to have it waxed, but ouch! Short of shelling out a few more hundred dollars for electrolysis, this wasn't a big deal. I do feel bad for the people who bought it on an infomercial. Word to the wise: when something new comes out, wait a couple months then buy it at Wal-Mart.
I just finished using it and my skin is a little tingly, not too bad though. I put on some anti-acne cream to get down into the pores, so hopefully that will keep me from getting any kind of break-out. My chin and upper lip do feel smooth, but it did take quite awhile to get done, about one hour.
All in all, not a bad deal for $12. PS - Mine has a little vibrating egg that sits on the big pad, it's supposed to help speed up the process. (04/14/2009)
Oh my gosh, I bought these on Friday. The worst! There's a really funny play-by-play review of this product on RockstarMamaOnline.com, I wish I read that before wasting $12. It really hurt, and it didn't get rid of the hair. It's like a piece of sandpaper. Such a disappointment. (04/25/2009)
I purchased the smooth away kit from Dollar general for 10.00. I used as directed on my arms and it worked great. I got my legs waxed yesterday and that was awful so this seems like a better alternative. After my arms were really dry and itchy, but after lotion they felt great. It seems to be a great product but I do not think that I would ever put it on my face. If you have sensitive skin it may be a bad idea. My friend works at a laser hair removal place and she told me that their prices just went to over $4,000 for both legs, so this seems like a little investment to try. It does take longer than the commercial says but after I did the circular motion it worked great. Will keep using. (05/05/2009)