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It’s bare skin season. If you’re someone who prefers to wax, you might be grabbing a razor or scheduling a wax appointment before you put on your shorts, tank tops, and bathing suits. TikTokers and more than 14,000 Amazon buyers, however, will reach the Softsheen-Carson Magic Shave Powder to keep their skin smooth and soft this summer. It’s also only $1.
It might look like TikTokers are finding out all new products, but generally there is a longer origin story for anything that appears on the app. This brand has been around for 110 years and the Magic Shaving Powder, which is a chemical hair remover or epilator like your drugstore favorite Nair or Veet, has long been a favorite of shavers, especially black men. According to Mona Goharaa board-certified dermatologist,”men with deeper skin may be more prone to ingrown hairs and razor bumps“That’s why a depilatory is so useful. It uses a mixture of calcium thioglycolate, calcium carbonate and calcium hydroxide to painlessly break down the keratin structure of the hair follicle, so that the hair weakens and break when you remove the cream or powder It allows for a “closer shave” so there’s less chance of ingrown hairs or bumps It also allows results for up to four days so you can go longer days between waxings.
To use the product, scoop two teaspoons of powder and mix with equal amounts of water to create a paste. Apply to your legs, underarms or whenever you want to wax, wait five to seven minutes and wipe off with a damp washcloth for smooth, hair-free skin. Note: The brand recommends not shaving for at least 36 hours before trying this product and testing it on a small patch of skin to make sure you don’t get any irritation. It works so well that Amazon customers have dubbed it “hair removal magic potion.”
“I came across this product while looking for alternatives for Nair. I LOVE it,” said an Amazon customer. “I have very sensitive skin and Nair really irritates my skin. I thought I’d give it a try and ummmm where it’s been all my life!! My legs are so soft and they don’t irritate at all .”
“All the hair is out and my legs, armpits and…have never felt so soft in my life!” said another one. “No razor burn and no ingrown hairs. I will never take a blade off my body again.”
Customers with psoriasis, eczema, and other skin sensitivities say the shaving powder didn’t cause them any irritation or problems, even on the most sensitive body parts like the armpits and bikini line. The only real complaint is that the smell can be a bit overwhelming, but ultimately buyers say it’s manageable.