Updated: May 7, 2020
The practice of shaving the face has been around for a long time, originally popular in Asia, followed by the US and now the UK. Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor have both admitted to be fans of shaving their face in order to improve their overrall appearance. Today, it seems there isn’t a b/vlogger out there that has not discussed or tried out a razor on their face. Dermaplaning, the professional version of the treatment, became the hottest aesthetic treatment of 2017 in the UK as snaps of our dead skin cells and before and after’s flooded Instagram and more and more clinics and salons around the clinic are introducing the treatment to their list.
Why is face shaving so popular?
For so many reasons! By shaving the face and removing the fluffy, vellus hair that everyone of us has, it enables a smoother application of make-up and deeper penetration of the skincare we are using. The service is affordable; even if you decide to go to a salon or clinic to have it done professionally. The result most importantly, is instant making the practice versatile and easy enough to carry out regularly.
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But wait, won’t the hairs grow back thicker?
Despite the stigma attached to shaving, shaving the hairs will NOT make the hairs grow back thicker. It is physically impossible for shaving to affect the number of hair follicles and rate of growth.
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How often would I need to shave if I started?
One thing I will say is that this practice becomes a little addictive in the same way that when you use any great product, you want to re-use and buy it again and again. The regularity of shaving will depend on factors such as how fast your hair growth is – it can be anywhere between every few days, to every few weeks.
Is shaving better for you than other hair removal methods like waxing and threading?
Shaving is a lot gentler for the skin than most hair removal methods that work by taking the hair straight from the follicle. Over time, waxing and threading can lead to hyperpigmentation and skin hypersensitivity.
How can I get started?
There are many ways in which you can shave the face. Some favour using a standard or intimate razor, but in recent years there has been a flourish of specifically design facial razor tools like these:
I suggest to perform a cleanse first on the skin, followed by an application of a shaving foam or cleanser so that the skin is lubricated well enough for the blade to glide easily on the skin. If you are nervous about shaving your face but want to experience the results, consider a dermaplaning treatment.