It’s fair to say that we’re often looking for ways to do things on the cheap and the quick, in all areas of life.
Which is probably why this woman’s “awesome” TikTok tip for removing body hair has truly captured people’s imagination.
The TikToker, named Jules, who posts under the username @jules49of, has described how she removed the hair from her legs by using sandpaper.
It was her first ever TikTok (thought she admits to lurking on the platform for some time – we hear you), but the clip of the hack – which she tried after seeing other people on the platform do the same – quickly went viral.
She says: “I was watching one of these girls, she’s an ‘accountant’. I was learning about the business... and she’s talking about shaving her legs with sandpaper.”
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Holding up the sandpaper to the camera, she says: “What?! She used 600 grit sandpaper on her legs.”
She then starts to rub the sandpaper on her legs, saying:“She said: ‘In a circle this way 10 times, in a circle the other way 10 times’.
“I did it. My god, my skin is so soft, it’s awesome. And it works.”
Jules added: “I have been using a frickin’ razor all this time. Just some 600 grit sandpaper. Thank you accountants of TikTok.”
Viewers were amazed at the tip, although many said it was already a tried and tested part of their regime.
One said: “I use sandpaper blocks on my heels.”
Another added: “Ever since I started carpentry and as a person with super sensitive skin, sandpaper has been a blessing. Exfoliation AND hair removal? Yes please.”
But one said: “Alright I’m an esthetician, this will rub your skin raw, I wouldn’t recommend.” Some also raised concerns about possible infection.
We should point out here that we don’t know the ins and outs of this method, but it seems to be the case that it’s OK for tough skin (such as heels and legs) but not recommended for more sensitive areas, such as your face.
Jules later posted a follow-up video, thanking people for the response and answering some further questions, including how long it was before she got stubble (24 hours) and any other tips (use lots of lotion).
She also confirmed that she wouldn’t be venturing further north in her sandpaper activities, because ‘shaving’ that area with sandpaper might take some “aggressive rubbing”.
“If I’m going to make that area raw, it’s not going to be with sandpaper,” she joked.
Can’t say we blame you, Jules.