Beauty Hack: Shaving Your Face
July 15, 2017
Shaving your face is all the rage right now in the beauty world, dermatologists swear by it and beauty gurus are promoting it... but why is this subject so taboo? Waxing and laser hair removal are considered a normal practice for women, but shaving the face… not so much... until NOW!
Many women are scared away by the thought of, “only men shave their face”. Although women around the world from Asian and Middle Eastern cultures have been shaving their faces for decades. Did you know Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor used to shave their faces as well? Gals, it’s time we put your fears to rest and talk facts so you can get all the benefits of shaving your face too.
Also referred to as dermaplaning which is the clinical term for applying a straight razor to the skin to exfoliate, without the use of any chemicals. Female face shaving has a multitude of benefits including exfoliation, the removal of dead skin cells, promotion of cellular turnover, increased product absorption and better makeup application.
Everyone has small hairs all over their face and body, which is often referred to as peach fuzz: the tiny, little baby hairs covering the skin. A common myth is that shaving the face, or any area of the body, will make the hair grow back thicker and darker. This is not true and may be holding you back from a future of soft, supple skin.
Shaving your face allows products to penetrate the skin more efficiently and deeply, they will absorb better without the tiny hairs in the way, rather than sitting on top of the skin. Shaving the face also allows foundation to apply more smoothly, giving a more perfected look with makeup on. Often foundation and other makeup products sit on top of the peach fuzz, making it impossible to get the smooth, natural look you are after.
So, how do you start shaving your face?
First you need to purchase a small facial razor, not the same type of razor used to shave your legs, it should be a mini, straight blade tool to ensure a close, smooth shave and avoid any nasty cuts, these can be purchased at drug stores and beauty supply retailers.
Your face must be very clean, I mean very! You do not want to risk breakouts or irritations from dirt build up on the skin surface. Once the face has been cleaned and dampened to soften the hair, you should dry off completely, then apply a small amount of coconut oil, or any other non-drying product (it is best to avoid conventional shaving-creams as these can have an ill effect on your skin). This will provide a barrier between your skin and the razor to avoid irritation and also moisturise your skin.
You should find the key areas on your face that need to be shaved, this is usually the cheek bones, hairline, upper lip, forehead and cheeks. Remember not to apply too much pressure and to get the hang of it slowly to avoid any accidents. It is recommended you start off shaving once per week, and increase if necessary. Combine this innovative technique with your exfoliating scrubs and moisturising products and remember to stop shaving immediately if you experience any skin irritations or ingrown hairs.
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Chantelle Bugeja for Body Blendz