The taboo has finally been broken. Women shaving their faces is one beauty ritual that has been done for decades behind closed doors. Both Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, two of the most legendary beauties in Hollywood, were fans of the hair removal technique. Facial shaving removes peach fuzz and takes off the top layer of dead skin, which allows skincare to absorb better and makeup to sit more naturally on your face. Shaving also increases cell turnover rates, essentially acting as an excellent anti-aging tool and exfoliator – ever wonder why men tend to look about five years younger than they really are? All kidding aside, keep reading to learn about facial shaving and see if it’s right for you.
Shaving is not a taboo topic in other parts of the world. In Japan, there are special salons devoted entirely to ‘kao sori,’ which translates to ‘shaved face.’ Women go there in the hopes of achieving brighter, smoother skin. It’s just another spa treatment. It’s also done by many dermatologists and spas in America, but they don’t refer to it as shaving. You might’ve heard of dermaplaning: it’s when a dermatologist takes a small blade resembling a scalpel and removes the top surface of your skin, as well as your hair. Same concept.
One of the most common concerns regarding women shaving is that famous question: “will it grow back darker/thicker/coarser?” The answer is no. Think about it…do your leg hairs grow back thicker? Mine don’t. Your hair will grow back the same way it naturally is, so if you have dark hair, dark hair will grow back…if you have blonde hair, it will come in blonde.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The entire process is actually very simple; there’s not much to it. You actually only need one tool. Purchase a mini single-edge, single-blade razor. One of the most popular ones out there is the Tinkle Eyebrow Razor. It’s affordable (you can find it on Amazon for under five dollars) and effective. To minimize the risk of nicking yourself (it is a razor, after all!), look for something curved. Straight edges can potentially cut you. I would hope this goes without saying, but do not use a men’s razor or the same razor you would use to shave your legs!! There are specific ones made for your face for a reason.
The process is easy as 1-2-3. You don’t need shaving cream or anything like that, but you could use a lotion afterwards to moisturize and soothe your skin. To remove your hair, gently pull your (dry) skin upwards, and begin shaving in a downward motion in short, little strokes. Hold the razor at a forty five degree angle – the blade should touch your skin. Since your face is so delicate, you don’t want to shave against the direction of your hair growth, like you would your legs. It’s key to shave downward. You’ll be amazed at how much fuzz will come off!
Here’s a video by Carli Bybel showing the technique. Definitely watch this to get a better idea of the proper way to shave:
Some things to think about:
-Since these razors aren’t super sharp to begin with, toss them after three uses or so.
-Shave as needed. I would recommend doing it no more than once a week, just like exfoliating. If you do it too much, it can irritate your skin. Obviously, this is a case-by-case situtation – if your hair grows back exceptionally fast, you can shave more regularly.
-I wouldn’t recommend shaving above your cheekbones or anywhere near your eyes. The skin around your eyes is too delicate for shaving, and don’t even think about shaping or grooming your brows! This method is better for areas that don’t require too much precision. You don’t want to be the girl who can say, “I accidentally shaved off my eyebrow one time…”
-If you have extremely sensitive or acne-prone skin, shaving probably isn’t right for you. You don’t want to further irritate already delicate areas.
-If you’ve shaved and your skin is feeling a bit raw or looking red, calm it down with a soothing lotion. Mario Badescu Aloe Moisturizer, Eucerin Redness Relief Lotion and Origins Mega-Mushroom Soothing Face Lotion are three great options.
Whether you choose to go the shaving route, stick with more common methods like waxing and threading or something more perm
There’s no ‘right way’ to remove facial hair. You can go the shaving route, stick with more common methods like waxing and threading, or do something more permanent like electrolysis. It’s all up to you and what you’re comfortable with…and if you’re okay with a little bit of peach fuzz, more power to you!
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