A hair removal stone has gone viral, but does it actually work?

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by Ruby Barry |

Shaving is certifiably the worst, right? First, you've got to dedicate a whole evening to managing the mammoth task, finding spare time in between your hair washing days and your sitting-on-the-shower-floor-letting-the-water-hit-you-thinking about-life shower days. Then, there's exfoliating, scrubbing, and foam, even before the business at hand. Finally, when you get down to the shaving part, you have to find a place to balance yourself, looking like some sort of lathered-up ninja, and oh, be careful - don't cut yourself otherwise you'll be covered in plasters by tomorrow morning. And then...shudder...strawberry legs. Deep breaths...

We can always rely on TikTok to suggest new and unique products to solve our problems, such as the viral crystal hair removal stone - but do they work, and are they worth buying?

Yes, we know you've been seeing these TikTok #ads everywhere on your FYP. It all started with @mybleame sharing its now-viral video about inventing a hair removal stone. It's fair to say, people were intrigued, and it wasn't long before different types of hair removal stones were popping up all over TikTok and Amazon. Bleame claims that its Crystal Hair Eraser ($39) is the first of its kind, with a crystal base that shaves and exfoliates all at once. But is it all it's cracked up to be?

Hair removal stone: how does it work?

Responding to the comment "How does it work???", Bleame's account replied that its hair removal stone "uses Nano-Crystalline technology" that "makes the hairs clump and break from the surface. Also prevents razor bumps and ingrown hairs by shaving right at the surface level of the skin." Of course, its idea has been replicated by many different companies now, so they all use this same revolutionary technology.

Indeed, there have been many a hair removal stone like this in the past, but they were mostly composed of sandpaper which... we don't even want to think about. But with a crystal base, shaving using this stone is supposedly pain-free. Looking back over time, women in the 1930s DIYed depilation with pumice stones, an ancient technique from our female ancestors. Now, of course, we have Amazon - so we have to do less of the DIY stuff.

This is a UK hair removal stone alternative on Amazon from MOREASE. It says that "With the latest nano glass technology, dead skin cells and your hair are gently removed layer by layer so that only a small invisible hair tip remains close to the skin surface (micro cuticle abrasion). This minimizes the risk of ingrowth and reduces the rate of regrowth! All you have to do is slide...over your skin in a circular motion. This rarely takes longer than 5 minutes!"

What do the positive reviews say?

A reviewer by the name of Twirlydoughnut is obsessed, stating that it seemed "too good to be true", but that their "legs have never felt so smooth", and that this "little piece of magic is amazing" for even shaving your underarms.

Another reviewer by the name of Arthur stated, that they were "in awe", and while they were "sceptical", their "hair actually disappeared" and their "legs felt so smooth".

Paula added, that it "really does remove hair although would only advise it on legs", as it left their armpit stinging and caused some grazing on their arms and legs - their verdict? It's not for those with sensitive skin.

What do the negative reviews say?

As with most skincare tools, what works for some, won't work for all, and since the viral fuss has died down, a number of negative reviews have made their way to the Amazon listing.

Shopper Daniel explained, "It does the job, it removes the hair and exfoliates the dead skin, legs have never felt so smooth, plus it is pain-free! But it is very difficult to get all the hair. It also left painful burns (which defeats the point of painless) similar to dry shaving burns and made my strawberry legs even worse. Overall, it’s not worth it, just use a razor."

Lorna added, "Bought this on the back of reviews on This Morning. I used it the first time on my legs and was suitably impressed. Second time, just covers you in a white powder but doesn’t actually remove the hair. It’s like a one-time use which is expensive."

Yet again, the sensitive areas didn't bode well, with one Amazon customer writing, "It does wax your hair like a razor, but it has the effect of peeling. The touching is nice on the bottom leg or some strong part, but please do not use it on delicate skin like bikini or back... I have been in pain for days."

Verdict:

Some users have reported uncomfortable grazing, itching and redness, so it's worth approaching this tool with caution, doing a patch test, and refraining from use if your skin reacts badly. What's more, we'd advise against using this type of tool on your face, bikini area, and underarms - even some of the best hair removal tools aren't suitable for use on such a sensitive areas.

In truth, there probably isn't a hair removal tool that exists which will painlessly remove hair for good - especially not for under £20. If it sounds too good to be true - it probably is.

Looking for other hair removal tools to do the job? Here are some that come top-rated from Amazon.

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