Charcoal Brighten & Smooth Leg Mask


In life there’s a catch-22 with everything, right? Take, for example, my hair. While I’m the lucky holder of the long-thick-hair gene, that also means the hair on my legs has the same gene. The hair on my head garners tons of compliments, while the hair on my leg is the reason why I seem to hate shaved-leg season more than other people I know. Things get prickly within 24 hours of shaving and there’s almost always a hint of dark hair follicle (forget it if I’m using self tanner).

Recently, a TV ad spot for Nair’s new leg mask and hair removal product got me hook, line, and sinker. It made the pretty stellar point that we spend so much time and money on masks for our faces, but ignore the more extensive expanse of skin on our hard-working legs. What about taking care of them? Anyway, I figured I’d give it a try. Though I’ve been tricked by ads that over promise and under deliver plenty of times before, I’m always down to try a new product and happy to report this one did not disappoint. What did I love?

First things first, now I can go longer between leg shaves.

It’s a depilatory just like any other Nair products (so it’s not just about moisturizing and exfoliating legs) and while I’ve never used it on super furry legs (just time-to-shave legs) after I rinsed off in the shower, I definitely felt like my legs needed to be shaved less. I’d still go over them with a razor, but could probably get away with skipping if I was in a rush.

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The after-effect is what I love the most. Pre-Nair leg mask, I’d shower and shave on a Tuesday night and by Wednesday afternoon already feel a little spiky. Post-Nair, I’d go to bed on Wednesday feeling like I just shaved. It’s truly revolutionary for someone who’s never, ever gotten much mileage from the normal routine.

There’s a nice me-element to the whole thing.

This is where my shower starts. I close the dogs out of the bathroom (important if your dogs also seem compelled to lick anything foreign on your skin), set a timer, and read for 10 minutes. There’s a subtle Nair smell, but the other ingredients help temper it. It feels cool, similarly to what you expect from a mud mask on your face (I’ve only used the charcoal version, so can’t speak to the other formulations).

My legs look better.

My relationship with my legs is one of respect and love: I have two functioning legs that are strong and take me where I need to go, and I love them for that. But, they aren’t pretty. Happily, the exfoliating and moisturizing combo here did give my skin the boost you expect from a great face mask. They’re still my legs, but they’re a little glowier.

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