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!