I am scared of bleaches because I have attempted bleaching my whole face two to three times before (with different brands) and it has given me bad reactions even if I leave it for the shortest time, but bleaching is indispensable for me. I bleach selectively on my neck and upper lip area to lighten dark hair there. This way, I do not mess up my facial skin and get lightened hair too. But, bleaching has been such a “misconstrued” word. Even advertisements show the bleaching products as something you should try to become gori gori, which is misleading. Natural bleaching can be done with papaya and lime+honey+tomato mixture, but for lightening and softening the texture of facial hair, chemical bleaching is the best option available. I have been using Fem bleach for my facial hair, but when I saw this tagline “Healthy Way to Bleach” for Oxybleach, I had to try it. Also, I wanted to know how the prebleach cream that comes in the Oxybleach pack made a difference.
What the Official Website Says About Oxybleach
FEM presents Oxybleach, the world’s first bleach with a unique pre-bleach cream. Probably the healthiest bleach in the world today, Oxybleach not only provides you with fairer, healthier skin, its pre-bleach cream also forms a protective shield for even the most sensitive skin, giving you a safe and enhanced bleaching experience. When skin is exposed to stress, harsh sunlight and high levels of pollution, it starts looking pale. This indicates a lack of oxygen in the skin and time for oxygenation. Oxybleach liberates immense oxygen during the bleaching process, thereby providing much needed Oxygenation to the skin, nourishing and energizing it in the process. No wonders, leading beauty professionals and parlours recommend Oxybleach as a healthy way to bleach.
Price: Rs. 30 for 7 g pack, Rs. 60 for 25 gm pack, and larger packs also are available.
Bleach Cream, Hydrogen Peroxide. Powder Activator: Persulphates.
My Experience With Oxybleach
Bleaches available in the market come with many fancy tags such as fruit bleach, organic bleach, natural bleach, golden bleach, herbal bleach, and now this “healthy bleach”, but all bleaches basically have hydrogen peroxide and persulphates which work chemically to treat and bleach hair. Oxybleach is available in varying quantities starting from one time use to multiple uses pack. For trial purpose, I got this 9 g pack, which costed me Rs. 30.
Oxybleach comes in a sky blue pack with a small tub containing the bleach cream, an even smaller container with the blue bleach powder, a spatula, and a sealed packet containing pre-bleach cream.
This small pack for one-time use contains 7 g bleach cream, 1 g powder activator, and 1 g pre-bleach cream.
There is an instruction leaflet, which comes along with this pack (which I have misplaced), which details about doing patch test and for how long to keep the bleach. Since, I have really sensitive skin, I chose to keep the bleach only for about 10 minutes.
First, I applied and massaged the pre-bleach cream on to my upper lip area, which is supposed to enhance the bleaching process.
I took two pinches of powder activator into the bleach cream as instructed and kept mixing it with spatula for 2 minutes.
After mixing the cream and activator thoroughly, I applied the preparation on the upper lip area and kept it for 10 minutes. There is a slight tingling sensation as is usual with other bleaching creams.
After washing away the bleach, I noticed that not only had my facial hair got bleached to a matchable color, but also, that the area around the upper lip had lightened two to four shades lighter and had become tan free. I was kind of startled because I never had such kind of an experience with the fem bleaches and embarrassed because I had developed a white moustache area under my nose.
I didn’t want to risk applying the leftover bleach cream and opened up a new pack of Oxybleach to get the other parts my face bleached so that I don’t get teased for having a moustache. This time, I kept the bleach for around 6 to 7 minutes because I am very very scared of bleaching my face and I did notice that the skin tone had become at least 2 to 3 shades lighter.
Also, I did not see my skin react badly as it had with other bleaches. Overall, I think I will choose this bleach over the others for my once in a month facial bleaching.
PROs of Oxybleach
• Comes with a prebleach cream which conditions and enhances the bleaching effect.
• Bleaches dark hair to a nice golden colour within 10 minutes flat. With other bleaches, dark skinned/dark hair people need to keep the bleach on for more than 10 minutes.
• If you have tanned skin, this bleach effectively removes the tan and makes the skin tone lighter in 10 minutes.
• I did not have any bad reaction to the bleach.
• Price is very reasonable.
CONs of Oxybleach
• Do not know the mystery behind this oxygen releasing formula.
• Might turn the hair into copper toned colour if kept for longer than 10 minutes.
• Patch test is mandatory before trying it on the face because it may react on sensitive skin differently.
Will I Buy This Oxybleach Again: Yes, I have to coz it’s a necessity until I go through laser.
IMBB Star Rating: 3/5. -2 for the oxygen mystery.