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The 5 Surprising Ways You’ll Benefit From Shaving Your Face

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Dermaplaning has gotten quite popular as a facial treatment over the last couple of years! And while it may sound complex and scientific, “dermaplaning” is just a fancy dermatology term for shaving your face. (There’s a little more to it than that, but not much!)

After doing some research about the benefits of shaving your face, I was game to give it a try. And while at first shaving my face felt a bit strange, but now that I know how soft and smooth it makes my skin look and feel, I’m a full-fledged believer!

(And speaking of which, I recently found a facial razor I like so much that I decided to make it available in the By Jillee Shop! More on razors later in this post, but you can check out my brand new folding facial razor here.)

In case you’ve been curious about what all the buzz is about, I thought I’d give you scoop here today! By the end of this post, you’ll not only know about all the best benefits of shaving your face, you’ll also know exactly how to do it so you can give it a try for yourself!

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5 Benefits Of Shaving Your Face

1. Eliminates 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. Makes Makeup 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!

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3. Promotes 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. Enhances Effects Of Skincare Products

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.

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5. Easier Than Other Hair Removal Methods

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!

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Will Shaving Make My Hair Grow Back Darker Or 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.

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Step 1 – Cleanse And Dry Your Face

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 Shaving 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. You could also use good old fashioned aloe vera gel, which is moisturizing and will help the blade glide extra smoothly over your skin. :-)

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Step 3 – Shave!

Using a fresh, sharp razor is one of the best ways to avoid razor burn. Another way to avoid razor burn is to use a single-bladed facial razor, which I recently started offering in my online shop!

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These affordable razors won’t irritate your skin, and they fold closed for safe and compact storage. (They even come with a replacement razor head you can attach if your blade ever loses its edge!)

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To use a facial razor, 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!

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Step 4 – Apply A Moisturizer

Hydration is key after shaving, because you just uncovered a fresh, new layer of skin and you want to keep it moisturized! A moisturizer that has aloe vera in it (like this one) can help freshly shaved skin, but I prefer to use a few drops of rosehip oil instead.

Rosehip oil is not only soothing, but is packed with nourishing vitamins and fatty acids that can help improve the appearance of skin over time.

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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! :-)

Do you shave your face?

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  • I had the upper lip stuff & bleached or waxed it. Several yrs. ago, I was sprouting all over my face. I went for electrolysis & lucked out. The person I went to was also a registered nurse. She took a medical record and I have half a thyroid. She treated my problem differently. It took a few years but it was done – a couple of times a year for “clean-up”. Then came COVID & shut everything down. I’ve taken to this razor trick recently. It’s ok but not impressed. Reading this (where I found out about razors!), I do hold my skin taut but the hairs don’t go in one direction. I haven’t tried it with any type of cream but will – maybe it will be better. And yes, I do love the rose oil/rosewater on my face – it’s refreshing, especially with this heat!

  • i have 1/2 a thyroid. I had hair on my lip for years that I bleached/waxed. I’ve always had good skin but the older I got, the more hair appeared on my face. I rarely wear make-up but I became self-conscious because it was dark.I finally went to an electrologist and lucked out. She was also an R.N. The 1st time we met, she sat down & we went over my medical history. She examined my face and told me she would do a different type of electrology because of my thyroid. Have to say, it didn’t hurt. it took a couple of years and the visits were shorter. I was going to her once in a while for a quick clean-up on the sides. With Covid, it put her out of business. My understanding of laser is that the hair, at some point, will come back. I have a few strays that I pluck and use a hair remover cream for the sides every few weeks.I shave my legs (yes, above the knee, despite what everybody says) and it doesn’t grow back the same way as the legs. It grows slower & softer. I’m not ready to shave my face – I’ll stick to the cream!!

  • Do you know how to tell when your “of a certain age?” When you wake up and find hair where you never wanted it and less hair where you are supposed to have it! And then to beat all, women have always groomed themselves in hiding, since “shaving” has the stigma of being for men! But if you notice, men have fewer skin breakouts, etc. due to the frequent exfoliation that comes with shaving. Sometimes they look a bit younger for it! I figure this much, women have shaved their legs for years, and MANY women have groomed other “parts & areas?” ;-) of their body that most people never see, so why be ashamed of the fact that we are informed about the ways to look and feel like the beautiful species we are?! Right up front for all to enjoy and admire! Time to come out of hiding, ladies! You’ve come a LONG way! God bless all…:-)

  • Due to an old medication that I was advised to take for seizures after a brain tumor was removed I lost all the hair on my body and caused thinner hair on my head. The doc had developed that med and wanted all his patients to use it for seizures. Thus, I have no “peach fuzz” on my face, but many wrinkles, I doubt that shaving what is not there will remove those wrinkles. Fortunately, another neurologist suggested a much older but less expensive med for the seizures and I have not lost more hair on my head and no seizures since 1999.

    • Hi, Bev. The hairs come as we age, not as a consequence of shaving. You may also be paying more attention to your face and notice things more. As the shaved hairs grow in they feel prickly, less smooth and tapered as Jillee noted.

  • Would geranium rose oil work instead of rosehip? I have been using the Finishing Touch Flawless contraption! I would like to try this as my 65 y/o skin needs all the help it can get! Thank you Jillee for all that you do, and your products and DIYs.

  • Hi, everyone! Great information! Why do you think that “men age better and slower than women”? Because they shave their faces nearly every day! I do this very frequently, and especially before putting makeup on. Too bad that there has always been such a stigma attached to this. I think women have done this sort of thing secretly and behind closed doors forever, but it is nice that they can sort of “come out” about it and feel no shame! What we go through for beauty! ;-)

  • OMG! I’d be afraid I’d look like the “Bearded Lady” from the fair if I shaved my face! For those of you that do shave your face, what does your face look like if you miss a few days?

    • Marie, if you read all of the comments below and my post, you will see that you won’t look like the “Bearded Lady”! It is an old wives tale that your hair will grow back thicker and darker. There are many benefits to shaving! Just a couple… It is good for your complexion and your makeup will will go on smoother.

    • What do I look like after? The same as I did before! Believe me, you have the very same hairs on your face BEFORE you shave as you do after! The thing is, you don’t feel them quite as much, but people may see them and you haven’t even noticed. It really is good for your skin. We exfoliate every other part of their bodies, why not our face? Some women shave other, uh..eh..um “parts” that only they see so why not the face that is the first thing others see?

  • I thought I was the only one doing this! When I went to a dermatologist to see about face fillers, I was told that I’d look a lot younger if I got rid of the fine, blonde fuzz on my cheeks/jowls. I’ve been using these “eyebrow” razors for a few years with great results and absolutely no stubble. If you’re curious but cautious, get one (they are pretty cheap) and try it on a small patch.

  • I shave my face with excellent results. I too was told by a dermatologist that this is good for my skin and of course it gets rid of stray hairs. I only need to do it once a month or so. Waxing is way too painful for me.

  • I had electrolysis to shape my eyebrows and remove unwanted dark hairs on other parts of my face years ago. They didn’t come back. She said the best thing to do for peach fuzz is dry shave it off. I do that every 6ish weeks or so and have no issues. Most people think I am younger than my age.

    • Me too! I was always told that dry shaving is really effective for getting the dead skin off. I seldom use any shaving cream or anything and just use a good moisturizer afterward.

  • I’ve been shaving the peach fuzz off my face for years! And the little chin stubble that bugs me. I do it every morning in the shower. Good to know it’s actually an “acceptable” thing for women to do. I will continue without embarrassment, ha ha. This is great information, as always. Thank you!

  • I have dark hair, hirsutism and PCOS, so did my mother and her grandmother and now also my daughter. I have been shaving my face since I was 12, I’m now 60. Had my thyroid (hypothyroidism) removed and now my eyebrows and eyelashes are gone, hairs still growing on my face haha can’t win! I’ve never had acne and my skin is and always have been soft, smooth and clear with very few wrinkles so maybe I inherited that from them too or the shaving has helped. .

  • I have been shaving off the peach fuzz for several years, and do it about once a month. I can’t afford laser treatment or electrolysis. It doesn’t grow back darker, or courser, though it does feel a bit ‘stubbly’ on my upper lip when it starts growing back in. It’s not noticeable to anyone but me.

    I have never heard of ‘derma-planing’ and have shaved ‘on the sly’. I didn’t know it was a ‘thing’. Though I have told my husband I do it, I have never let my him see me doing it, as I’ve been a bit ashamed. Thank you so much for this post.

  • I had laser hair removal done years ago on my legs, underarms and above my lip and I’m so glad that I did, but I still have a few strays on my face (hormonal) so I was very interested in your article about shaving and am going to give it a try. Thank you.

  • I remember seeing something years ago that Japanese Women Shave their faces and they make adorable shaving kits marketed just for them. They speculated that is why they tend to show signs of aging much less then we do. Have always remembered this and now that I am 51 this couldn’t be more timely. I don’t have hair on my face but am curious about the exfoliating properties!

    • It is the fact. that their skin is just a bit darker is why they do not wrinkle. Those who have even darker skin have even more protection from the sun. .A friend told me that she has no wrinkles because “Black Don’t Crack.” :-)

    • I lived in a small town outside of Tokyo for over 10 years, from 2003-20014 . There was a barber shop on the corner that had a sign saying, “ Lady’s Shaving,” and showed a pretty young thing with what I assumed to be a warm pink towel around her face and an eye mask. The Japanese make everything a pleasant experience.

  • I began shaving my chin when I was in my 50s and my sister is older than I am and she still plucks. Shaving for me has ALWAYS been a daily routine that HAS to be done and I use the best of tools before and after. My mom who shaved into her 90’s also had to do it daily unless she stayed at home. How I wish it could be once a month!!! The side of my face does seem to last a little longer but now there’s more hair than ever. Good luck to those of you who are brave enough to try it.

  • Additionally…i use a quite warm wash cloth and lay across face to open pores…sometimes i use shaving cream or a good facial soap like Cetaphil…after rinsing with luke warm water i use COLD WATER!! Then of course moisturize afterwards …lightly!!! Think i will buy one of those little shavers though…SAFER haha!

  • I have been shaving my face for at least 20 yrs!!! It looks so smooth and younger without my blonde peach fuzz !! I use an actual razor and just am very careful! Do above and below and around mouth. I puff my cheeks up to do below and lower part of cheeks. Maybe every couple months….whenever i notice fuzz and a dull look to skin!!

  • I’ve been using a small battery operated mustache and nose hair trimmer on my face for years! I have the female version but it really isn’t different than my husband’s, except for the color. I don’t use the guard but you can use a length guard that doesn’t shave you to the skin. Shaving my face and neck (and nose hairs) is maybe a twice monthly thing – not daily. Years ago I had electrolysis for renegade whiskers during menopause. Twenty years later and I still have basically peach fuzz, an occasional stiff hair that I pluck, and smooth skin for a 67 year old. Don’t be afraid to shave – just try the gentle battery version first. Oh, and is that why my expensive foundation lasts so much longer than my friends’ who don’t shave? ;)

  • I started shaving my face about a year or so ago, because of both having numerous thick dark hair on my chin and because my peach fuzz is about an inch long. I didn’t know if any other women shaved their faces and didn’t care. I’m happier. I do have to shave my chin every day but shave my face once a week.

  • I have been shaving my face for years. I’m complimented often because I’ve got such smooth skin. I follow it up w/ice cold witch hazel I keep in the refrig. People think it’ll come back thicker. Not true. Try it, you’ll look so much better.

  • Have Hirsutism and have had to shave since I’ve been a teenager, I’m 58 now. I’ve always exfoliated prior to shaving and added moisturizer after I shave. My skin has always been smooth, clear and healthy, no acne at all. I do think that exfoliating and moisturizer are key. Wish I didn’t have to shave but no one is perfect!

    • Well, Kelly…not a one of us are perfect, either then! So we’re all right there with ya’! Remember, in the eyes of our Maker, we are all a little piece of perfect (maybe not our behavior!), with every little freckle!

  • I shave my face daily as I have facial hair not just fuzz — I do have to pluck too but much less now that I shave – not only is my face smooth where I have hair but my skin in general has cleared up so much. I do also use soap with tea tree oils in it – I still have scars left from acne but no more acne… I wasn’t sure if shaving would really benefit my skin but it really has. My daughter also has issues with facial hair but has not benefited from shaving … I guess we are all different ? I use a Venus razor and lavender shaving lotion which is like a moisturizer more than foam- I love it.

  • I used to pluck my eyebrows every day for years, until recently I started shaving them & felt secretly weird or guilty about it, so now I feel better. Thanks! I don’t have a problem with hair on my face itself & already I shave enough of my body but I will definitely share this with a friend who, now in her 40s, STILL has not shaved her thighs because her mother told her it would grow in thicker, & an aunt who has A LOT of peach fuzz (more than I’ve ever seen on a women!) on her face… though I don’t know how to bring it up. Hmmm…..

    • mention this article. Face hair is something my friends didn’t talk about, but when we started to fess up…just about everyone plucked, waxed or shaved. It will take a celeb to talk about this and I’ll bet a lot of “closet shavers” will come out!

  • I’ve never had much of an issue with facial hair (being of Irish descent), but I’m now considering shaving for the skin benefits, alone! I hadn’t heard about this trend, before. Thank you, Jillee, for the enlightenment!

  • I’ve been shaving parts of my face like upper lip and neck since spring and I.Love.It. Life changing in that you can do it whenever, wherever and you always have a smooth skin. I shave about twice a month, in the summer more often though, as hair seems to grow faster, and no! hair doesn’t grow back thicker, blacker or more! Total myth!

  • My “peach fuzz” has gotten quite noticeable and I’ve been wondering about removing it somehow, so this was a timely post for me – thanks!

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