It's what's on the inside that counts, and that's especially true with Tend Skin, a product that's old-school packaging doesn't stop it from doing what it promises: getting rid of painful (and very annoying) razor burn.
The solution, which was discovered purely on accident by a dentist in 1985, has been helping both men and women prevent and get rid of their red, bumpy skin everywhere on the body, from face to armpits to the oh-so-sensitive bikini line.
The cult beauty product has somehow flown under the radar for years. The blue bottle — which comes in both liquid and roll-on versions — sells for $15 to $25 at major stores like Target and Walgreens. But does something affordable that's been around for ages really work well enough to deserve special attention? We think so.
When we tried the liquid skincare solution, we were skeptical, as is our wont. But the underground beauty product lived up to the hype, even on our sensitive skin. We were beyond impressed with how effectively it prevented razor burn and redness, and although we weren't able to test it on any ingrown hairs, it's supposed to help with those, as well. Imagine finally being able to rock your bikini without the embarrassing aftermath of trying to get a close shave — and without the searing pain that comes with many topical razor burn treatments. Yeah, that's why we're telling you about it.
So What's In It?
Let's break it down:
- Isopropyl Alcohol, aka rubbing alcohol, (don't panic, even with this ingredient applying Tend Skin really didn't hurt!) which keeps the skin clean
- Butylene Glycol, a product thinning agent and skin conditioner
- Acetylsalicylic Acid, which treats pain and inflammation
- Cyclomethicone, which gives the product a smooth texture and makes it easier to apply to your skin
- Glycerin, which attracts moisture to your skin
- Diglycerin, a commonly used moisturizer in cosmetics
- Polysorbate 80, which helps dissolve all the ingredients to make them blend together more easily
How to Use It
After testing it on a small area of skin for five minutes both before and after shaving to ensure you won't have any allergic reactions to the product, it's time to let it do its thing.
Take the product — we used the liquid version — and squirt it onto a cotton ball or tissue, then dab it (don't rub or pull your skin) everywhere you shaved. (Just be sure you shave correctly!) It smells like rubbing alcohol, but it won't burn — it might just feel a little cold and tingly for a second.
The product will help reduce the appearance of ingrown hairs for up to 48 hours. And even if you still have a couple tiny red bumps, they'll be significantly smaller in size and barely noticeable compared to what you're probably used to. Also, the more you use it, the better it works. Even though we had a couple little bumps the first time, the second time there were none in sight.
Ready to master the art of smooth, soft, bump-free skin this summer? Snag an 8 oz. bottle ($19, amazon.com), and just try not to gawk at all the glowing customer reviews. The before-and-afters don't lie.