Women, Shave Your Face!

I’ve accumulated lots of random, bad advice over the years about hair removal, and I’d be willing to bet I’m in good company. “Don’t shave above the knee.” “If you pluck one gray hair, two more will grow back.” “If you shave your face, you’ll get stubble like a man.” Sounds familiar, right? But, guess what, ladies: all this is rubbish!  Go ahead, shave above your knees. If you have any grays, pluck whichever ones you want. And, yes, by all means, shave your face. WHAT???

Apparently, one of the secrets that models have been hoarding for years is that they shave. Now, this is suddenly all the rage with aestheticians advocating “dermaplaning.” Never one to simply stand back and wonder, I decided to dive right in and have my face shaved dermaplaned. (Dermaplaning, which is more or less shaving, but with a technical-sounding name, is done with a single #10 surgical blade by a trained professional.) I have to say, I didn’t realize how much that peach fuzz was bothering me until was GONE. And, truth be told, I have never walked out of a facial with better looking skin.

Immediately after my facial, I went to have my eyebrows done. (Yes, it was a day of beauty.) My eyebrow guru, Sheila Davis Curtis, said my skin looked great and I told her my secret: no hair. This came as no surprise to Shelia, as she confirmed that shaving your face (starting at the cheekbones in a light, downward motion) once a month with a SINGLE blade razor (not your husband’s Mach 3) not only removes the peach fuzz most of us have, it also offers a nice exfoliation — both of which allow your skincare products to penetrate more evenly and your makeup to look practically flawless. “It’s a well-kept secret of many beautiful women… just don’t let your husband catch you doing it!”

I discovered after doing some online research that the message boards are FILLED with women advocating dermaplaning for the whole face, including the forehead, as it helps with wrinkles, scarring, pigmentation issues and does indeed make for better product penetration. This extreme exfoliation is apparently magical.

Did you know this? I have to say, I’m hooked, or so I think. One potential problem, though: acne.

If you have acne prone skin, this may not be the route for you. Those baby fine hairs actually help bring the oil out of your skin to prevent clogged pores. And, while I love how smooth my skin is with demaplaning, I have been fighting some cheek acne that is not typical for me. But, in general, I do fight breakouts as a part of life. So, if this is your skin situation, too, heed my caution. That said, I’m still hoping that these little cheek pimples will calm down, as I want to keep up this whole dermaplaning thing.

While some may do this this at home with a razor, I think I’ll  stick with the professional route – just add it onto a facial, as it’s not that much more.

Please know, your hair will not grow back thicker, darker or scarier. But, once all those little blonde hairs are gone, you will most likely be thinking, “Why haven’t I done this earlier!” And, those with a mustache? Dermaplane it off. No more wax or yucky smelly hair removal foam. Does this leave you wondering WHY these hairs don’t grow back thicker? In a nutshell, here’s what I found out after talking to several beauty pals and, of course, endless online research:

The fine, translucent hair on your face is vellous hair and is found on your face, chest and back. This is totally different from terminal hair, which is far coarser and grows on your head, underarms, pubic area and brows. Because vellous hair is so fine and different from terminal hair, cutting it does not make it grow in thicker or feel stubbly afterwards.  Men’s facial hair is terminal hair, ours is vellous.  Make sense?

Around here, we don’t keep secrets like those big time models do. We think we all deserve the inside track to beautiful skin. Shave away!

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