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I like to think that I am pretty beauty savvy. I try to stay on top of the latest beauty trends even though I may not always incorporate them into my daily routine. I think it’s important to stay informed of the latest and greatest in new beauty products or services. I love trying new products and getting a good facial/spa service and will try pretty much anything at least once…and then sometimes you hear about something and you just think what in the world??
All of that being said this brings me to my topic today…
…shaving. And no, I’m not talking about shaving your legs I’m talking about women shaving their face! Apparently it’s a “thing” and I am just now becoming aware of it!! Apparently Marilyn Monroe, Betty Page, and Elizabeth Taylor all did it and you know how beautiful they are!!
The topic of women shaving their faces has been trending on my personal Facebook wall all week!! I have seen articles about the pros and cons of face shaving it, seen women asking questions about it and I have seen people ‘fessing up to actually doing it and so it got me thinking…how many women do I know that do it and should I??
First of all let’s talk about why in the world a woman would even think about shaving her face in the first place. All women’s faces are covered in vellus hair. You may know this hair as “peach fuzz” and while you can’t even see it most of the time or even think about it, it’s there. Trust me on this one. This vellus hair can make your face look dull and can actually clog your pores and make you break out. Not cool vellus hair, not cool!
So when a woman shaves her face not only is she getting rid of the vellus hair but she is also mechanically exfoliating her skin as well. I say mechanically because unlike face washes and scrubs that exfoliate your face this is you taking a razor to the surface of your skin and removing not only hair but deep layers of dead skin from the surface of your face. This promotes cellular turnover and allows your beauty products like moisturizers to get deeper into your skin and work a lot better. Shaving your face also helps your makeup go on smoother too!!
There are actually entire spa services dedicated to shaving women’s faces, it’s called dermaplaning and people pay big bucks for it!! Interesting…
Now most women know that when you have your legs or armpits or any other area of your body the hair can sometimes come back thicker and darker but this is not true about your face! Since the hair there is completely different from the rest of your body, remember it’s that fuzzy vellus hair, it won’t come back as a man beard or anything weird like that. Some women shave their face weekly and some once and then never again. It’s completely up to you and what you are comfortable with.
If you still reading at this point then I applaud you! HA! But really though…now that we have covered why in the world a woman would shave her face now we are going to cover the products you can use to shave your face with.
First up you will need a good facial razor. Do NOT use the same razor you use to shave your legs or borrow your dude’s razor, that is just nasty. Michelle Money (remember her from The Bachelor??) swears by the Tinkle Razor but really you can use any similar small, single blade razor. Some people call these eyebrow razors?? I have never shaved my brows but I could see how they would work for that.
Next you just need a good shave gel. I have seen people using coconut oil or jojoba oil. I wouldn’t use a regular shaving gel just because it’s super thick and you can’t really see what you are doing with it slathered all over your face. Know what I mean?? I ordered this Jojoba Oil from Amazon to try!
Now I haven’t actually shaved my face, yet, but from all the videos I have watched you just slather your face with oil and shave downward in short strokes. Most women start at their noses and go down and some shave their sideburns too if they have them. No shame in that game. How far you shave down is up to you but in the videos I have seen most women stop at their neck.
I know this may seem like information overload or you may be all WTF?? But I think this is something that needs to be discussed! I fully plan on trying it when my oil comes in and so now I want to know…
Do you shave your face??
If you don’t is this something you would ever try??