Okay hear me out….Shaving your face is one of those don’t bash it until you try it things. I’ve been shaving my face for almost a year now, not that I want everyone to know that, but um, I guess it’s too late for that? I started shaving my face because I have a surprising amount of peach fuzz on the sides of my face. I blame it on the ovarian cysts. Damn those little monsters. Anyway I freaking love it. It’s done wonders for my skin and it has so many amazing benefits.
Have you heard of dermaplaning? It’s the latest craze. Dermaplaning is a skin care treatment that removes dead skin cells and vellus hair (peach fuzz) by scraping the surface with a scalpel. Sounds a little scary right? It’s completely harmless when done by a professional. Dermaplaning costs around $150 to $250 and can’t be done if you have sensitive skin, acne, etc. Among dermaplaning as a hair removal option is waxing, sugaring, threading, and many more. They’re all great options, but not all options work for everyone. Along with dermaplaning, waxing and sugaring also can’t be done if you have acne or sensitive skin. That’s a real bummer if you’re like me and unfortunately have both. Shaving is a cheaper, easier option, and can be done regardless of your skin type or acne. I’m not talking about running into the bathroom, lathing up the shave cream, and going to town either.
Here’s what you’ll need to get started:
-You don’t want to use a razor like the one you use on your legs. The razors I use are the eyebrow shapers (pictured below, also I have used these and I know I need to get new ones). I paid around $5 for a 3-pack. When picking a razor, make sure they have a round or covered edge to ensure you don’t cut yourself.
-No shaving cream needed. Shaving your face is a dry process. It’ll help take off all the peach fuzz and exfoliate at the same time.
The process of shaving your face is easier than you think. When you start shaving your face start off slow and in the direction of hair growth. It will help cut back on irritation and ingrown hairs. I’ve never had a problem with either, but you never know. Pull the skin a little to make it tighter and help avoid any creases that may cause you to cut yourself. I only cut myself the first time and I definitely didn’t pull my skin tight. My bad. Angle the razor to smoothly slide down your face and start shaving. You’ll figure out what angle and strokes work best for you as you begin.
The benefits. Oh girl you don’t know what you’re missing out on. Shaving your face has so many benefits. Many of them I didn’t even know about when I started shaving myself. Shaving removes unwanted facial hair, removes dead skin cells, and exfoliates the skin leaving it smooth and glowing. It helps with acne and breakouts. Increases the absorption of skin care products and helps your foundation/makeup go on smoother. New face, who dis? Oh just you over there with your beautiful glowing skin and flawless makeup looking like a snack.
Heard the myth about hair growing back thicker and darker? Yeah that’s not true. The hair will feel thicker as it grows back because you are feeling the blunt end of a shaved hair instead of a thin pointed end (natural state). It in fact doesn’t get thicker. For some women the hair may appear darker when it grows back, but it’s not actually darker. The vellus shaved off the first time is sun bleached hair many women have had on their faces basically their whole lives. When it’s shaved and grows back it just hasn’t seen the sun yet. As someone who’s shaved their face for a year now, I can say this is true. My hair isn’t any darker or thicker than it was before I started shaving.
How often will I need to shave my face? Well that really depends on your preference. Never more than once a week. I do mine solely based on how my makeup looks. Once it starts to build up on the hair and not on my face, I shave. That’s usually every 3 to 4 weeks. Have I convinced you yet? Are you ready to run out and start shaving? Probably not, but hey it was worth a shot. I don’t think women should shave their face for any reason other than they want to, those benefits though….tempting. If you do decide to give it a try don’t forget to moisturize after. Check out my before and after. The difference is crazy.