Every woman has facial hair. From downy soft peach fuzz to darker chin and upper lip hair, it’s as common as having hair on your arms and legs. Even the most blonde women have hair on their faces. But as kids we are taught, "Men have facial hair, not women," making any discovery of our own facial hair incredibly shameful as we grow up. But the rising popularity of face shaving might have you second-guessing the stigma.
Believe it or not, women have been shaving for many years; Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor are even rumored to have shaved their faces. This practice is hardly news to women in Japan, where shaving is considered to be a traditional beauty service. A quick Google search reveals more women than you would think are shaving their faces, and dermatologists are actually recommending it.
If you’re looking at your razor with new eyes, here are three major reasons why you should consider shaving your face.
01. It Will Not Make Your Hair Grow Back Thicker or Darker
This is the main reason why women refuse to shave their faces, so let's just get it out of the way. Dermatologists across the board have stated that shaving will not change your hair growth. Elizabeth K. Hake, a clinical associate professor of dermatology at the NYU Langone Medical Center confirmed to the New York Times times that, “It is definitely a myth that shaving will make the hair coarser or darker."
The hair follicles that are deep inside your skin determine your hair growth. Shaving can’t suddenly make more hair follicles appear or change the color of the hair. That would take a biological change, not a superficial change such as shaving. Women often mistake the stubble they feel as hair growing back thicker, but really, it’s the same amount of hair they had as before—just sharper because it’s been cut.
02. It Is Great for Your Skin
Facial shaving is actually performed by dermatologists, facialists, and estheticians all the time. Professionally known as "dermaplaning," this popular skin care treatment consists of the removal dead skin cells and vellus hair (peach fuzz) by using a small blade to swipe away the debris. The goal is exfoliation, which is necessary for keeping your pores unclogged and your skin rejuvenated.
Basically, shaving your face is a less intense version of dermaplaning. The razor removes excess skin cells and debris. Exfoliation of the dead skin cells encourages faster skin cell turnover, which helps your skin stay supple and glowing and can even prevent blemishes.
Better yet, exfoliation by shaving opens up your pores, so your skin can absorb your skin care products even more. Many dermatologists specifically recommend using an antioxidant moisturizer or serum to help your skin fight free radicals and premature aging.
03. It Allows Makeup to Go On Smoother
Ever wonder how beauty bloggers and makeup fanatics attain a perfectly smooth application of foundation when yours clings to your peach fuzz? Well, now you know—they might just shave. Hudda Kattan, one of the most influential women in the beauty industry (with twenty million Instagram followers), revealed that she shaves her face for a smoother canvas for her makeup. Another major beauty influencer, Carli Bybel, also showed her millions of followers how she shaves her face. There are tons of YouTube videos of women shaving their faces.
Ready to give it a try yourself? There are a couple ways to get the job done. You can either do a dry shave using the popular Tinkle razor and following Bybel's tutorial, or you can use shaving cream and a Gillette Venus Oceana razor, which has protective strips to prevent you from nicking yourself. You'll be amazed at how soft your face feels afterward.