I must confess that there is ONE thing I envy about men – and no, it’s not what you’re thinking (although we’ll get back to that a little later on when we get to one of the products I’m reviewing here …) and it’s the fact that shaving is basically optional for them. And while I do prefer my man to be “scaped” to a certain degree, he can still get away with hairy legs and armpits — so NOT the case for us females. The battle to remove unwanted body and/or facial hair, has plagued womankind for decades and in our pursuit to be fuzz-free, we’ll endure vast amounts of pain (hello, Brazilian waxing anyone?), and empty our bank accounts (laser hair removal, I’m looking at you) to reach that goal.
STOP WHATEVER IT IS YOU’RE DOING, AND READ THIS.
With their almost instant success in the UK, Inhibitif products have finally made their way to this side of the pond, and I literally jumped at the chance to give them a try. Made with the highest concentrations of 3 critical ingredients that target hair follicles, these products aim to “slow down the apparent growth rate and density of unwanted hair”
- 0.41% Lauryl Isoquinolinium Bromide (double action technology reduces apparent hair density)
- 0.20% Dihydromycerin (targets the stimuli that boost follicular growth)
- 0.25% Pseudoalteromonas Ferment (offers a skin soothing effect)
- Maize Propanediol and Aloe (helps with absorption and skin comfort)
- Contains NO parabens, propylene glycol, urea-based derivatives or oil. Comes in a “mild field mint aroma” (still don’t know what that means, but it does happen to be pleasant) which completely eliminates any medicinal scents of its technologies
According to the company:
“Inhibitif’s technology is based on a triple-action approach on the selective inhibitory activity of its formula on the IGF-1-receptor tyrosine-kinase activity. This action prevents stimuli that boost follicular growth during the active hair growth phase. As a result, many hairs seem to never grow while using Inhibitif and many hairs seem to grow to a lesser degree. This action on hair cycle reduces the apparent density of hairs and impairs overall hair quality, thus minimizing the need for hair removal”
With results promised as early as after 2 weeks of use (I’m guessing that’s on the rarer end of the scale) and even more visible confirmation seen after 8 weeks, I was definitely on board – but first, I loaded up on skepticism. After all, this wouldn’t be the first time a product has made these claims, am I right?
About me (and my “unwanted hair”): I may not be the furriest girl on the block, but neither am I hirsute-free (thank God my parents hail from the Northern parts of Greece, where the folks there are known to be somewhat less “shaggy”. Just sayin). My preferred hair removal method is the razor, primarily because of the skin exfoliation benefits shaving offers, and because I feel that the stress which regular waxing places on the skin will somehow manifest into mega-sagging issues later on. I don’t even know if that’s true, but there you have it. Laser treatments are not an option right now (at least not until the prices drop down from the stratosphere). I had achieved really good results with another process I tried, especially on the bikini area which is still hair-free (read about it here), although I still have hair (reduced to a certain degree, but not gone) on my underarms and legs. Speaking of which, my underarm hair appears to resist any attempt to leave. Stubborn as a herd of donkeys, I tell you.
Ready to learn my results?
Inhibitif Hair-Free Deodorant & Hair-Free Face Serum
Inhibitif Hair-Free Deodorant
Inhibitif Hair-Free Deodorant (ingredients list)
Inhibitif Hair-Free Deodorant (directions & info)
Hair-Free Deodorant (CAN $9.99) – Ok, let’s get it out of the way: the bottle shape. Remind you of anything?! Finding a good & effective deodorant is another product women spend years hunting down (it’s funny that we never really talk about it though *shrugs*) and when I saw that this was a rollerball, it brought me right back to the 70’s (yes, I’m THAT old). According to the company, not only will daily use help to reduce the apparent hair growth rate, but provide anti-bacterial properties as well.
Meant to be applied on shaved and/or waxed underarms and then maintained daily, I have been using this deodorant consistently for about 8 weeks now. There’s an initial tingling felt upon first applying and it bears a not-unpleasant minty scent – neither of which seem to last too long, although the product itself is slower to dry than a conventional stick deodorant (something to keep in mind if you’re in a hurry, or don’t want to stain certain fabrics). The first 2 weeks, I noticed absolutely no change. I’m not sure if there was anything to report by the 4th week either (stubborn pits, remember?). Then, about the 6th week, I realized that something had indeed changed: the hair was not only much slower in growing back, but there was less of it and the texture was significantly softer. I’m still not hair-free, but there are definite positive results which encourages me to continue using this. Another plus: as far as deodorants go, I found this to be highly effective at keeping my underarms fairly dry and odour-free.
Inhibitif Hair-Free Deodorant
Inhibitif Hair-Free Deodorant (rollerball detail)
Inhibitif Hair-Free Face Serum
Inhibitif Hair-Free Face Serum (ingredients list)
Inhibitif Hair-Free Face Serum (directions & info)
Hair-Free Face Serum (CAN $24.99) – The directions say to “apply to shaved, waxed, or threaded skin” – none of which applies to me, as I was intending to use this serum on the upper lip area only, and my usual hair removal method there has been to use a depilatory cream. Still, I plunged ahead – all in the name of guinea pig-ness.
This clearish (there’s a very slight yellow tint) and slightly viscous liquid bears a similar minty scent to the deodorant, although no tingling sensation was detected. Meant to be applied twice a day for 8 weeks, and then used every other day after that, I confess that I was way less than vigilant here; in fact, I can honestly say that I probably applied it about 5 times the first week alone & may even have skipped a week after that, so to say my expectations were low, would be an understatement. Very unprofessional of me, not to mention having botched & tainted any expected results. BUT WAIT! Not even 2 weeks in, and I was blown away! Not only had the fuzz lessened, but in most areas it’s now COMPLETELY GONE! Incredible, right? If I didn’t experience it for myself, I wouldn’t believe it either. I’m not sure if I’m a fan of the dropper method and I wish that this product came with a small roller-ball as well, but at least this dispersal method offers control.
Inhibitif Hair-Free Face Serum
These products work, make no mistake about it. I’m curious to see if the results will be permanent, especially in the areas where I no longer see any hair growth, but even if some fuzz comes back, the low price point of Inhibitif products makes upkeep very easy to manage. After having had success with both the Hair-Free Deodorant and the Hair-Free Serum, I’m really looking forward to trying the Hair-Free Body Serum (CAN $29.99) – after all, it’s not going to be Winter forever and before you know it, bikini season will be staring you at the legs.
Oh yes, I have officially joined the #SmoothMovement
Inhibitif products are available in Canada through Shopper’s Drug Mart/Pharmaprix locations. Find more information via website/twitter/facebook
*Disclosure: Product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration