You read that right!
I can’t believe I’m writing this, but it’s true. I shave my face, (my boyfriend is so lucky). Before I go into this more, I just want to stress that I don’t think women or men or anyone in between needs to shave their face – it is all about preference! If you do, that’s great! If not, that’s also great!
Now that being said, I don’t stand in front of the mirror every morning with shaving cream slathered on my face, with a men’s Gilette razor in my hand.
Apparently Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor used to shave their faces too, they swore it kept their face looking young.
I am naturally blonde, while it was still light – I did have ‘stache. I plucked, bleached and used Nair, all of which left my upper lip incredibly sensitive and swollen. In the fall of 2016, I watched a Buzzfeed video about girls shaving their face for the first time. It peaked my interest, so of course, I looked into it more.
Now there is a facial you can get called Dermaplaning, it’s a highly effective way to exfoliate the skin on your face, (haha obviously). In the easiest way to describe it is, it’s an incredibly sharp, sterile scalpel and it takes off the top layer of dead skin and peach fuzz.
Shaving at home, essentially does that – without the spa treatment. When I first started shaving my face, I used little $5 eyebrow razors from Forever21, and after reading SO MANY reviews and watching videos, I ordered the Tinkle off of amazon. I was sold, Tinkle is just as amazing as all the reviews made it out to be!
I had the same fear, as many of you will have reading this article; what if my facial hair grows back thicker and darker? According to Stephanie Kaulesar, hair removal specialist at Spruce & Bond, in two of her interviews (xx) she mentioned that the hair only seems thicker because you have cut it off at its thickest point. Kaulesar says that if you shave for a long enough time, the hair can actually slow down regrowth because of “repeated trauma”. As mentioned above, I am naturally blonde so my hair is lighter so here’s a couple of videos of people of colour shaving their face – Anoushka 2.0, Tina Yong, Chanel Ambrose.
I’ve been shaving my face now since late 2016, and it’s done wonders for my skin and makeup. Because it is taking off a layer of dead-skin, my pores aren’t getting clogged as much and my makeup is going on smoothly and evenly. And when I use products on my face now, there’s no more build up, which I appreciate. I personally shave all my face, that includes forehead and nose – just to get all the dead skin off of there as well!
Because I’ve just taken off a layer of dead skin and build up, I moisturize it to keep it soft and smooth! Just like if I exfoliate any other part of my body!
It’s recommended to shave once every 1-2 weeks or so, I shave my face pretty much every Sunday to prep my face for the upcoming week.
Obviously if you don’t want to shave, you don’t have to! I am in no way saying you have to shave, (I’m looking at you Michelle Money), but do whatever you’re comfortable with!