Friday, June 8, 2012

Should Women Be Shaving Their Face?

Now, what would you think if I told you that dermatologists and estheticians have been recommending shaving as a real alternative to the methods of hair removal for the face?

I bet there is panic on your face. It was my first reaction, too. No, I’m not shaving my face. What the hell are they talking about? How CRAZY!

OK, stop. Right there. Are you interested in anti-aging? You want to minimize lines and wrinkles? Exfoliation is important to you, right (it better be)? You want smooth glowing and radiant skin. Without some weird hair sprouting front and center from your chin, or a fine layer of dark fuzz setting up residence on your upper lip. OK, maybe it is light peach fuzz, but you still don’t want it, do you?  It allows your skincare products to penetrate more evenly and your makeup to look practically flawless. “It’s a well-kept secret of many beautiful women… just don’t let your husband catch you doing it!”

Aside from being a cheap easy way to manage facial hair, shaving has many other benefits for women. When done right, shaving is one of the best ways to:

•Exfoliate dead skin cells without over stimulating the skin

•Significantly reduce fine lines and wrinkles

•Minimize pore size

•Improve elasticity

•Lighten acne scars

•Balance skin tone

•Permanently remove blackheads


Try to do your shave at night or on a day you won't have to apply makeup straight after. Give your face at least 6 hours to reboot and adjust.

make sure your face is clean remove any traces of dirt or makeup.

Dry skin!

SIDEBURN AND CHEEK - Improve tone and elasticity

Starting at the side of the face closest to the ear (side burn), begin shaving using strokes no longer than an inch at a time moving toward the jaw line.

NOSE - Minimize pores and heal blackheads

Shave from the top of the nose to the tip. Just once is good enough. If your razor is small enough to shave each side of the nose then go ahead. If you have a tiny nose, don't risk it.

FOREHEAD - Reduce fine lines and wrinkles

Shave from the center of the forehead (between the eyes) out toward each temple.

Be careful not to whack the eye brow or hair line.


Push your tongue up under the upper lip and push outwards until the surface is firm and quite flat.

Tilt your razor on a slight diagonal and only use a small portion of it to shave with the lie of the hair which is staggered on a downward taper.


•Rinse the entire face with fresh warm water and then splash off with cool water.

•Pat face with clean towel so it's not dripping wet but still damp.

•Moisturize as usual.


•Don't over shave the face until it has acclimated to its new condition.

•Try to do your shave at night or on a day you won't have to apply makeup straight after. Give your face at least 6 hours to reboot and adjust.

•Because the hair is soft and quite long in places, you may be tempted to turn the razor against the hair to remove it more easily. DON'T DO IT! The point is to gradually remove skin cells. It will get easier and better over time.

•Women should only shave their entire face a maximum of one time a week. In most cases, once every two weeks should suffice.

"What about the hair growing back thicker? " you ask,  there’s no need for women to fear that the vellous hair on their face will grow back thicker after it’s been bladed because it won’t. Unlike terminal hairs, which are thicker (men’s facial hair, leg hair), vellous hairs grow back the same after they’ve been removed, as the structure of the hair does not become damaged.

What is dermaplaning?

Fromm razors from Sally Beauty Supply. This what they look like:,default,pd.html?green...


Susan S said...

That's a tough sell. I wouldn't be able to get over the fear of becoming the bearded lady :)

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