About five years ago, I was folding laundry and Good Morning America was on in the background. They did a beauty segment on women shaving their face and it caught my attention. At the time I thought nope, no way. They made some good points, but there was no way I was shaving my face.
Fast-forward to two kids and a lot of hormones later, and here I am to tell you about how I…you guessed it…shave my face.
For the past three years, my New Year’s Resolution was to take better care of my skin and have a legitimate skincare routine. Over the past year or so, I have seen the dermaplane facials become popular; I have even had one myself. In my opinion, dermaplaning is just a fancier way of shaving your face.
After spending a lot of time following dermatologists and other skin care professionals, here are some of the things and tips I have learned about shaving your face:
- It helps with skin cell renewal. Shaving your face helps get all the dead skin off your face. This allows for new skin cells to form, which helps prevent wrinkles. It is an amazing way to exfoliate.
- It helps your makeup go on better. Applying makeup is easier and your skin looks flawless.
- It doesn’t make your hair grow back thicker. This has been a myth for a while, but shaving does not make your hair grow back thicker. Shaving your face gets rid of the dark hair that pops up on your chin and neck. When you shave, it’s considered a “blunt” cut, so when the hair grows back, it feels and appears sharper, but it is the same.
- Use a men’s razor. For the best results, use a gentle facial cleanser and shave with a men’s razor. Don’t use anything with a gel or moisturizing strip as these things can irritate the skin. Hold your finger over your eye brow as you shave around it — you definitely don’t want to shave off one of those!
- Shave weekly. Most dermatologists and skin care professionals I follow recommend shaving weekly. But there is one pro tip they share: don’t let your husband see you. There are just some things they don’t need to see in action.
- Moisturize and apply skincare products after. After you shave, leave your face slightly damp and apply your moisturizer and complete your skin care routine. Having a cleanly shaven face allows your products to soak into your skin.