If you’ve thought about shaving your face, chances are you may have been put off by the common misconception that haunts women from playground days – that shaved hair grows back faster, darker and coarser. The fact is that shaving will not change the number of hair follicles in the skin or the rate of your hair growth. It’s just not possible!
There are many ways you can remove body hair, but shaving is by far the cheapest, the most fuss-free and painless. It’s perfect for when time is short – you can simply slot it into your morning beauty routine.
Why try shaving your face?
We might have reassured you, but why would you want to add shaving your face to your beauty regime? All women naturally have facial hair. But, for some women facial hair can be more noticeable, making them want to remove it…
What about dermaplaning?
Alternatively, you may not have obvious facial hair, but you’ve heard about ‘dermaplaning’ – a salon treatment which removes the downy fuzz from the face. Beauty bloggers often refer to it as ‘peach fuzz’, although the technical term is vellus hair.
As anyone who has ever browsed the beauty tags on Instagram will know, dermaplaning (also known as dermablading or face shaving) isn’t a new phenomenon, but it is one of this year’s hot beauty topics.
Basically, dermaplaning is a face shaving technique for women done in a salon, but it is also something you can do in your own home.
The benefits of shaving your face
When it comes to your skin, facial shaving can help in several ways. Because it involves gently scraping dead skin away, shaving essentially acts like an exfoliant. When dead skin builds up it can result in blocked pores and breakouts, so getting rid of it can help with conditions like acne and rosacea.
From a beauty perspective, fans swear facial shaving gives your skin instant smoothness and a natural glow. It’ll also improve your make-up application – foundation glides on and stays put, and is less likely to look powdery.
How to shave at home
Whatever your reason for shaving, all you need is the right tool and our ‘how to’ guide…
What should you use?
You need only one thing to try facial shaving at home: a good quality blade that’s well suited to removing fine hairs from the face. Our Intuition Perfect Finish Eyebrow Styling and Facial Shaving is a safe tool that’s perfect for the job. It’s handy and can be easily used anywhere on the face. For exact eyebrow styling, the pack also comes with a precision cap.
How do you do it?
Once you’ve got your head around the concept, there are a couple of things to keep in mind before you try shaving your face. First, most experts advise you to never use any water, so keep your face dry. And second, be careful – but don’t be scared. We shave many other parts of our bodies, after all, and people have been doing it for years. Not just men, either: Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and historical icon Cleopatra all apparently shaved their faces.
Ready to try it? Here’s our step-by-step guide:
- >Wash and dry your face thoroughly before starting.
- Identify the area you want to shave (for example, the forehead or upper lip) and pull the skin taut, like you might if you were waxing your bikini line. Get hold of your razor. It’s best to hold it at about a 45-degree angle. Don’t go for a horizontal hold as you’re more likely to cut yourself.
- Now apply the blade. Remember, it’s not like shaving your legs – you don’t need to stroke it downwards in one long line, and you really don’t need to apply much pressure. Be really gentle. It’s more about rubbing the blade against the skin than anything else. In fact, think of it as softly scraping your skin, rather than shaving it.
- Go back and forth over the area if you like; you’ll soon see the dead skin and hair coming away.
- That’s basically it! When you’re finished, it’s a good idea to apply a moisturiser or serum as if you were exfoliating, to add nourishment back into your skin.
- When you’ve finished, sterilise your blades or dispose of them, in case they’re blunt. You need to make sure the blade is clean before using it again in order to avoid shaving rash.