PSA ladies: Face-shaving is not just for men anymore, and we’re totally here for it!
Historically, women have been expected to shave everything except our faces. However the results of the practice have more recently been seen to have some serious benefits. Shaving your face not only removes the peach-fuzz, but it also helps to lightly exfoliate the skin, reduce the appearance of scars, allows for a flawless makeup base, and helps skin care products penetrate more deeply into the skin. See why we like it?
If you are thinking about shaving your face but aren’t sure what the process is or if you should do it, we have compiled a few common details about the practice below.
One big thing to know when shaving your face is that you should not use your usual razor. Instead, pick up a clean, sharp razor that has been designed specifically for delicate peach-fuzz and make sure you’re changing these facial razors after two or three uses. These women's facial razors can be found in many drugstores, supermarkets, and online stores. As a female, the hair that grows on our faces is not typically as coarse as males, so a regular razor is a definite no-go when shaving your face as it can cause serious irritation, razor burn and ingrown hairs. Ouch!
When shaving, it is recommended that you use a light shaving cream or gel on damp skin to get the best result. Once this is applied, use your hand to pull the skin tight and hold your facial razor at roughly a 45 degree angle against your skin. Then, using short, light strokes, shave the hair in the direction that it grows. Shaving with the grain is extremely important as it further prevents ingrown hairs and irritation - which we established above is not ideal.
Once you are satisfied with your face shaving job, make sure to gently wash your face with a clean, damp cloth and immediately apply a super-hydrating serum or moisturiser so the product can penetrate deeply to prevent any itching or redness.
Although shaving your face will not cause the hair to grow back thicker or darker, you may notice the slightly blunt feel of the hair as it grows back through. This typically doesn’t happen for a few days, so you get to enjoy your baby-soft skin for a while before the process can be done again. On that note - if you want to incorporate face shaving into your routine, we recommend doing it roughly every ten days depending on your hair growth speed. Otherwise, just do it when you’re feeling like a little bit of extra TLC. After all, who doesn’t love a little face exfoliation massage?