Women shaving their faces is the new beauty craze, but it’s not just a new fad. Did you know that Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor both shaved their faces and had amazing skin because of it?
Dermaplaning is the clinical term for using a straight-edge-like facial razor on facial skin to mechanically exfoliate it instead of chemically (ie. scrubs).
Here are some of the reasons you should consider dermaplaning:
1. It removes deep layers of dead skin cells thoroughly (rather than moving them around on your face as you exfoliate, which can happen with scrubs).
2. It gets rid of the vellus hairs (the tiny peach fuzz that covers your face) that can make your complexion look lackluster and can even contribute to clogged pores that cause acne.
3. It’s like a mild form of microdermabrasion, thus encouraging collagen production, which reduces wrinkles.
4. It makes your skin smoother and allows any moisturizers or serums you apply after to penetrate deeper. Make-up also goes on more evenly and easily.
5. It promotes cellular turnover, which is one of the reasons men always look years younger than their age, since they’re constantly exfoliating through shaving and encouraging new cells to the surface of your skin.
6. It’s cheap, it takes seconds to do, and you get fast results.
If you’re thinking about shaving your face but are worried that it may cause the hair in your face to grow back thicker, worry not. “Cutting off hair above the root won’t cause any feedback to the follicle, which is the live part that produces the hair and sits below the skin, dermatologist Dr. Neal Schultz told The Daily Mail. “People might think hair looks thicker because it comes out at a different angle or blunt, rather than tapered to a natural point, but it won’t be changed on a cellular level.
Before you start dermaplaning, here are some tips to follow for the best results:
1. Wet your entire face first to soften the hairs.
2. Use shaving cream instead of soap. Shaving creams have soothing, anti-inflammatory, and skin-protecting ingredients that allow for a cleaner shave with the least amount of irritation.
3. Use your facial razor in the direction your hairs grow for a subtle shave and against their growth pattern for an even closer shave.
4. To lessen the degree of skin irritation, shave in the direction of the hair growth first to remove the majority of the hair. Then do one very gentle pass against the direction of the hair growth to get the closest shave possible.
5. For sanitary purposes, make sure to wash your razor every time you use it and dip it in 90 percent rubbing alcohol after each use.
6. Because these razors are duller than the ones you’re used to, only use them three times before tossing them for the best results.