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Nerdwax works

I don’t recall exactly how I came to be aware of Nerdwax. Perhaps it was an Amazon “people also buy…” ad, or maybe it was mentioned by some other blogger. I know for sure it wasn’t via the TV show Shark Tank, which apparently is how the product got its footing after a humble beginning.

But however it happened, I’m glad that it did. I’m also grateful that I somehow decided to take a leap of faith and try it out. I can’t explain any of this, as it certainly seems like a product that is not only unnecessary, but unlikely to actually work.

If you’re not familiar with it, NerdWax is a treatment that keeps your eyeglasses in place on your nose. It’s that simple. If you don’t wear glasses — or perhaps heavy glasses — this might seem like a non-problem to you. Even if you do have glasses that slip down your nose, it’s certainly an issue that’s not an important thing to solve. But you address it, you will be glad to have it resolved. Trust me.

Nerdwax, you see, actually works. And how it works is right there in the name. It’s a soft, colorless waxy substance that you apply to your eyeglass’ nose pads or bridge. Just a tiny smear of it, and that prevents the glasses from slipping down your nose, even when you’re sweating and moving around.

I had two concerns about the product, aside from the obvious one that it seemed like a joke. (Again, it’s not.) I was worried about side effects — perhaps not as severe as those chronicled in The Jerk — such as whether the wax would irritate my skin or cause acne? (It does not, at least for me.) Secondly, would the cost/benefit ratio be favorable? Truthfully, the jury is still out about that one, but I’m growing more fond of the product every time I use it, so the answer is approaching “maybe.”

Nerdwax, which I purchased via Amazon (not sure if it’s available in stores), comes in a slim lipstick-style tube. You apply it with a single swipe to where your glasses contact your nose. It goes on so thinly and quickly that, at first, you’ll question if anything is happening at all. But you’ll know that the application worked when your glasses stay put in a magical sort of way. If slipping glasses sounds like a problem you’d like to solve, set aside your skepticism and give it a try. I’m glad that I did.

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