Every face is unique, so it makes sense that every shaving routine should be unique too. That means there’s no totally definitive answer to the question of how often you should shave your face. Annoying, we know. But, we do have some advice on how you can develop a shaving routine that works for you.
How often should you shave your facial hair?
The facial hair style you prefer, the speed at which your facial hair grows and your skin type are key factors in determining how often you should be shaving. If you want to keep a style with some stubble, then you probably need to leave your facial hair for 2-3 days in between shaves. Meanwhile, if rough and rugged isn’t really your style, and you prefer a smooth, clean-shaven look, you probably need to shave every 1-2 days.
You’ll also need to factor in the colour of your facial hair. If you have dark coloured facial hair, your stubble probably starts to show quickly, particularly if you also have a medium or light skin tone. However, if your facial hair is light in colour, it will probably take longer for it to become visible.
Another thing to consider when working out how often to shave is how thick and fast your facial hair grows. This can depend on factors such as your diet, your hormones, and your genetics. Having higher levels of testosterone causes facial hair to grow thicker and faster, and those with healthy diets are also likely to see plentiful hair growth. Eating healthy makes you look and feel great, but it also might mean you have to shave more often!
What can happen if you shave your face too much?
It’s relatively rare for it to be necessary to shave every single day in order to maintain a relatively smooth face. Most of us find that shaving every other day enables us to keep a clean-shaven look, and every three days if we don’t mind a little stubble.
In fact, if possible, it’s way better for your skin if you can avoid shaving every day. Running a blade over your skin every morning can take a bit of a toll, and things can start feeling pretty dry and sore if you’re not careful. Every time you shave you’re getting rid of that top layer of dry or dead skin cells, and while that can be great every few days, if you shave every day, it can cause your skin to feel a bit raw.
What razor should you use depending on how often you shave?
Regardless of how often you shave, getting a razor that gives you the results you want while taking care of your skin is extremely important. If your facial hair grows fast, so you need to shave nearly every day, but you have sensitive skin which gets irritated by frequent shaving, that makes it even more vital.
For regular shavers, and anyone with more sensitive or irritation-prone skin, finding a razor with built-in technology which supports skin health should be your first consideration. Luckily, there are some great options.
For example, the lubrication system in the Hydro 5 Skin Protection Sensitive Razor contains Vitamin E and is great if you are shaving very regularly. The gel creates a barrier between the blade and the skin, reducing the amount of irritation and abrasion it causes.
If you don’t shave so often, and prefer to keep a bit of facial hair or stubble, you might be most attracted to a razor which is tailored for great performance when it comes to reaching tricky places or shaping and styling facial hair.
The Quattro Vintage Edition Razor is brilliant when you’re trying to create precise edges in tricky areas, such as around the sideburns or under the nose. It’s also equipped with a lubricating strip so that you still get the skin protection which anyone who shaves needs.