Have you heard about dermaplaning lately? I would be surprised if you hadn’t, because this facial treatment is very trendy at the moment! While it sounds complex and scientific, “dermaplaning” is just a fancy dermatology term for shaving your face. (Okay, so there’s a little more to it than that, but that’s the gist of it!)
After reading up about dermaplaning and the benefits of shaving your face, I was game to give it a try! At first shaving my face seemed a bit strange, but now I’m hooked. I really love how soft and smooth my skin looks now! So I thought I would pass the information along to you, in case you’ve been curious about what all the buzz is about. I’ll begin by sharing some of the best benefits of shaving your face, then I’ll break the process down for you step-by-step!
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5 Benefits Of Shaving Your Face
1. It Gets Rid Of Dark Hairs
You know those pesky dark, thick hairs that sprout out of various locations on your face and neck? Shaving is a quick way to get rid of them! And it’s often quicker than hunting each one down and plucking them individually.
2. Makeup Is Easier To Apply
Clearing your face of both dark hairs and peach fuzz can make it easier to put on makeup! Your foundation will glide smoothly and easily onto your hair-free face. Some women even say they end up using less makeup because it’s so easy to apply and blend!
3. Get Clearer Skin
In addition to removing hair, shaving also helps remove dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. This makes it much harder for dead skin to buildup over time and cause breakouts. It’s a great way to incorporate regular exfoliation into your beauty routine!
4. Skincare Products Are More Effective
Another benefit of shaving is that it can make your skincare products work better. The exfoliating effect of shaving allows products to dive deep into your skin to deliver vitamins, antioxidants, and other beneficial ingredients. And if your products work better, you can use less which will save you money over time.
5. It’s An Easy Alternative
There are plenty of options out there for removing hair and dead skin from your face, right? Plucking, waxing, dermaplaning, threading… this list goes on! But the advantage of shaving is that you can do it quickly and cheaply in your own home. Plus it doesn’t hurt, which is more than you can say about waxing and plucking!
Will Shaving Make My Hair Grow Back Darker/Thicker?
The answer is NO, shaving your face will not make your hair grow back darker, thicker, or coarser. This is many women’s biggest concern about shaving, but there’s no need to worry! According to Elizabeth K. Hale, a Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology at the NYU Langone Medical Center, “It is definitely a myth that shaving will make the hair coarser or darker.”
The reason why this myth is so pervasive because we perceive blunt hairs differently than tapered hairs. Shaving cuts hair off at the surface, leaving it with a blunt edge. Other hair removal methods remove hair from the root, causing it to grow back with a tapered edge. A blunt-edged hair can appear thicker than one with a tapered edge, though the color and thickness remains the same.
How To Shave Your Face
Now that we’re finished myth-busting, it’s time to get down to business! Here are a few helpful tips about shaving your face.
Step 1 – Cleanse
Starting with a clean face will help you get a close, comfortable shave! Use your favorite cleanser, then dry your face thoroughly with a clean towel.
Step 2 – Apply Cream/Gel
A good shaving cream or gel will help the razor glide comfortably across your skin. It will also help keep your skin hydrated and reduce irritation. One of the highest rated options on Amazon is Aveeno Therapeutic Shave Gel, a dermatologist recommended gel containing oat and vitamin E.
Step 3 – Shave
Using a fresh, sharp razor is the best way to avoid razor burn. It’s also best to use a razor that was designed for women’s faces, like the Schick Silk or Tinkle brand razors. These have smaller, single blades and are much easier to maneuver than larger multi-blade razors.
Pull your skin taught, and shave in the same direction as the hair is growing. Use light pressure and be extra careful until you’ve gotten the hang of it!
Step 4 – Moisturize
After shaving, it’s important to follow up with a moisturizer. You have gotten rid of dead skin cells and exposed new, fresh skin, so you want to make sure that new skin stays hydrated! Any moisturizer will do, but one that has aloe vera in it (like this one) can be extra soothing on freshly shaved skin.
How Often Should I Shave My Face?
It depends on how quickly your hair grows! Many women only shave once or twice a month, but some women prefer to shave their faces weekly.
There you have it, a not-so-brief overview on the subject of shaving your face! Whether you end up choosing to shave your face or not, hopefully you leave this post a bit more enlightened on the subject than you were before! :-)