Product: Shiseido Facial Razor
What I love: Facial hair. I don't love it. On myself, that is.
If you've ever experienced unwanted hair, you know what a bummer it can be. If you've read this far, maybe you, too, have experienced that particular annoyance that is a stray chin whisker, or perhaps you developed a lady 'stache in adolescence that required monthly bleaching, or have been humbled by a fine layer of peach fuzz in your adulthood that knows no shame, taking up root on your cheeks, jawline, or forehead.
Having experienced all of the above in varying degrees of awefulness, and having investigated (and tried) myriad solutions over the years, I'll start by sharing the bad news: High tech can't help all of us here. Lasers only do their job if the color contrast between hair and skin color is distinct enough, which means having fair skin and very dark hair.
Electrolysis can help, but it's painful, takes a lot of time, and isn't a great solution for a downy layer of fine hair. (Though it will work on pesky moustache hairs if you only have a few.)
Waxing? Meh. It's OK, but leaves you red for hours and, sometimes, like it did for a friend, ignites skin problems such as rosacea or infections from recycled wax.
Bleach is OK, though it entails regularly slathering a layer of chemicals on your face. Ditto for hair-removal creams, which i confess to not having actually tried--only because the thought of that much chemical activity seems--on a personal level--extreme to the point of dermal abuse.
Recently, after a series of discreet queries among women- friends, I decided to investigate the facial razor. It sounds awful, right? Shaving? Your face? When you're a woman? Many of us have read or been told that shaving makes hair grow back thick and more bountiful, and whether on your legs, 'pits, or sideburns, will leave tell-tale, stubbly, "I'm-a-lady-who-shaves!" evidence for all the world to point and laugh at. I'm here to say it ain't so!
Just visit YouTube and search "Facial razor for women" and you'll see oodles of videos on the topic. Most all the woman brave enough to document and broadcast their experiences say they use one of the Japanese razors on the market. I bought the Shiseido razor on Amazon, and the pack of three razors arrived in pastel-colored glory about two weeks later (they were coming from Japan, afterall.)
So: How do they work? Well. Very well!
It's been four days since I tried it and my skin is still smooth and soft and hair-free. I'll report back after the hair starts growing back in to let you know how that part of the experiment works!
When Hairy Met Shiseido
Meet the Luxe Lounge Ladies:
Product-loving women who are invested in the idea of healthy living, plant-based eating, and cruelty-free beauty. They hereby swear to only offer their honest, unbiased reviews, and to only recommend products that they themselves would purchase and use on their own bodies.
Jacqui grew up in Latin America surrounded by beautiful landscapes, gorgeous beaches, and lovely people. She learned at a young age that you can make your own beauty products with simple ingredients like lemon, vinegar, papaya, and raw sugar. Her mom is well known for her perfectly arched Liz Taylor eyebrows, a skill Jacqui did not inherit and has yet to perfect.
Product Obsession: I have two--one I pay for: Sonage's Harmony, botanical glycol. Skin looks brighter and smoother! The other is free: An inner smile, which I'm convinced will keep you wrinkle-free longer!
Melissa gets a thrill every time she enters a Sephora, duty-free cosmetics shop, or even the local drug store (and in her current neighborhood, that just happens to be a super chic Pharmaca). She can spend hours perusing nail polish (the sparklier the better) and eyeshadow (she's always on the quest for the perfect shade of purple). Moisturizer with SPF, liquid liner, mascara, and lip gloss are her beauty essentials.
Product obsession: My oil-blotting papers from Yojiya. They come in the tiniest little package so they're super portable, but instantly tame any shiny spots.
Aurelia has been crazy about skin creams since the age of 12, when she began reading fashion magazines and fretting about future wrinkles. Today, she's still a sucker for serums, moisturizers, and anti-wrinkle creams, which she uses alongside adult-acne ointments (no magazines touched that subject!) and hyperpigmentation treatments (all-natural, of course).
Definitely perfume. I never leave home without a spritz of my signature scent, Diorella.