My lakeside/poolside vacation begins in t-minus four days and I am prepping my bikini line and underarm areas for a lot more exposure than they’re used to. This means hair removal, and hair removal means fighting the scourge of ingrown hairs.
I’ve used a lot of weapons in this battle for a smooth, blemish-free bikini line. Some worked well but were too expensive to keep up long-term (see: Bliss Ingrown Eliminating Pads), others were effective in the beginning but faded over time (see: Whish Flawless Ingrown Serum). And every time that I wrote about a product that fought ingrown hair, someone would leave a comment saying that I should try Tend Skin. So I decided to take your advice.
When you first apply Tend Skin to freshly waxed or shaved skin, the sensation is a little like pouring Listerine on an open mouth sore. And should it make contact with broken skin, I will not blame you at all if you burst into tears. Lord knows I did. But the burning sensation means that it’s working. (At least, that’s what I tell myself.)
The primary ingredients in this product are alcohol and acetylsalicylic acid. So it kills bacteria and exfoliates like a dream. Last week, I developed an ingrown issue under one of my arms (never use a dull razor, lesson learned), and Tend Skin cleaned it up in just one application. Needless to say, I am very pleased with how well it works, but you do have to be diligent about applying it. I missed a couple of days and was really sorry that I did.
I chose the roll-on for two reasons: first, at 2.5 ounces, it conforms with the TSA’s draconian liquids policy, and second, it can be refilled from a larger bottle so you can save money. (A little goes a long way, I could probably bequeath this 8oz bottle to my grandchildren.) And I like that I can buy Tend Skin at the drugstore, so unlike the Bliss and Whish products, I can pick it up anywhere.
Final Verdict: Great product, good value, just ignore the burning sensation when used on freshly waxed skin…it’ll pass.
Editor’s note: If you have an aspirin allergy, do not use this product.