Confession: I Tried Shaving My Face

Confession: I Tried Shaving My Face

I don't remember what possessed me to scrape the tiny peach fuzz off my face, but it made for a better complexion, exfoliated my skin, and made my makeup go on smoother.

Using a blade to remove dead skin mimics dermaplaning by stimulating collagen production and softening fine lines over time. Contrary to popular belief, the "hair grows back thicker" theory is a myth. Shaving doesn't create more hair. However, some women with hormonal imbalances may be better off avoiding female shaving and using oral contraceptives or creams. Skin tone also makes a difference in how much facial hair is visible.

Shaving might exfoliate and keep your skin soft, but I would not recommend doing it daily. The main benefit of facial shaving for women is a smooth feeling afterward. Another great benefit is that it will help absorb your skincare products (unless they are toxic ones, which is another subject).

What in the peachy fluff other options do I have? You could try waxing, threading, and laser hair removal. For shaving, check out the tips below:

Steer clear of any active acne areas (if you have a lot, skip shaving altogether). Use a personal groomer, such as a small hand-held type of wand with a fine tiny razor, and place it against the hairy parts of your face to gently remove unwanted hairs. 

Wet your entire face first, and then apply a cream or gel shaving cream all over your face. 

Then, use your facial razor (don't suggest using your leg razor as pictured above) in the direction of your hair growth for a subtle shave and against their growth pattern.

Finally, rinse and moisturize your face. *For sanitary purposes, dip your razor in rubbing alcohol after each use.

As seen in Vintage Affair Magazine / Photography and an article by Stel Bailey