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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??
It’s amazing what we think about in terms of improving our physical appearance! I have three boys and barely a minute to shower and so I won’t be adding shaving my face to my regime any time soon – but it sounds interesting – and beneficial!
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
I have never shaved my face. I actually thought the hair would come back thicker like leg hair. This is an interesting idea, though.
I do! In all honesty here, I have PCOS and the hair growth on my face was getting ridiculous. I’ve tried laser hair treatments, but nothing removed the peach fuzz like I wanted it to. SO I use the exact razor you have listed above! it’s such a taboo topic amongst women and I wish it wasn’t!!
I’m totally trying it tonight!!! I can’t wait!!
Nancy at Whispered Inspirations says
I don’t know, it is something I have thought about. It’s a great thing to discuss though. I know people who do and look great.
Claudia Krusch says
I’ve never shaved my face. I’ve always heard that when you do that, the hair becomes darker and thicker!
Actually it doesn’t! I talked about this in the post but the hair on your face (vellus hair) is completely different than the hair on your legs or any other body part and it doesn’t grow back darker or thicker. It just stays peach fuzzy…is that even a term?? LOL!
Rebecca Swenor says
Shaving my face is something I would have never ever thought of til I read this post. I find it very interesting and the thing I love about it is that it promotes cellular turnover. Thanks for sharing the information and I will have to get the Tinkle Razor. This is something I will have to share with my sisters too.
No, I don’t shave my face. I would never shave my face either. This is certainly interesting though.
Chubskulit Rose says
I don’t even shave my legs so that is not a possibility for me. This might be good for those who has visible hairs in their face.
Nicole Etolen says
I haven’t shave my head. This is one of the things that I am not considering to do.
I had no idea a product like this even existed. Sounds very helpful. This really sounds like it an help women be more confident and feel better about themselves.
Vera Sweeney says
I am not sure this is something I could do! I had no idea that this was around for women to shave their faces with.
Ann Bacciaglia says
I have never shaved my face but I have heard of it. I can see how it would be good for your skin.
Jesica H says
Those are points I had never considered! I figured people shaved there face because they have facial hair they wish to remove! It makes sense! Whether or not I will give it a try is still up for debate ;-)
Lori Felix says
I have never shaved my face because I was always worried that it would come in thicker and darker. Now that I know that’s not the case, I may give it a try. I already have the “eyebrow” razors that I bought one time to do my eyebrows with but then got too nervous to do them myself.