Female Facial Shaving: Should You Shave Your Face?

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The trend of facial shaving offers a quick solution for removing facial hair and at home.

Female facial shaving has been practised in Japan for decades now.

Its popularity as a beauty and skin care trend only came to light a few years ago in the Western World.

Skin care experts like Kate Somerville and Huda Kattan, the founder of the famous makeup brand Huda Beauty brought more focus to this facial hair removal hack.

The pain of threading and waxing deters many women from availing these services at a salon.

While laser hair removal is a feasible solution, the expenses attached are not easy on the pocket.

This is where facial shaving comes in.

All you need to know is the right technique and use an appropriate tool for face shaving your way to smooth skin.

Why Are Women Shaving Their Face?

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Every person has hair follicles on their face that produce hair.

Now, this hair can be of varying thickness and colour.

In men, the hair is thicker and darker due to the male hormones.

But, when men shave their face, along with the hair, they also remove a layer of dead skin cells, excess oil, and grime.

So, the freshly shaved, clean look is not just because the facial hair is removed.

When this same logic is applied to women too as the same process of facial shaving can provide similar benefits.

Many women do use the usual methods of waxing, threading, and plucking to remove facial hair.

Chin hair removal and upper lip hair removal are the most common types of facial hair removal services at salons.

The pain associated with these benefits is a major disadvantage that face shaving avoids.

But, facial shaving is your own version the dermaplaning procedure that exfoliates the top layer of dead skin cells from your face.

So, female facial shaving is a great option.

Common Misconceptions Of Facial Shaving

Like any hair removal trend, facial shaving also has its own share of misconceptions attached.

We are calling them misconceptions because that is exactly what they are.

We are here to clear them once and for all for you.

Hair Will Grow Back Thicker And Faster

Not just facial shaving, this misconception is associated with shaving any hair from the body.

When you shave, the blade cuts the hair follicle at the surface of the skin.

Naturally, our hair strands taper when they grow out.

Cutting them at the skin’s surface level means this part of the hair is thicker than the tapered end you had felt before.

This makes people think that their hair is actually growing back thicker and/or faster.

However, this is far from the truth.

Facial shaving does not make your hair grow back thicker or faster at all.

Shaving Hurts

Absolutely not!

Just like your legs don’t hurt when you shave them, your face won’t either. 

Remember to hold the razor at a 45-degree angle and swipe it in the direction of your hair growth in short strokes.

A little practice to understand how to move the razor around the natural contours of your face is all you need.

Facial Shaving Reduces Wrinkles

This statement might not be a misconception 100% but it can still be regarded as one.

Face shaving, as many claims, does not improve collagen production in the skin.

It does not lead to your fine lines and wrinkles diminishing in appearance.

However, getting rid of the hair and the dead skin layer by means of facial shaving will help the anti-ageing skin care products you apply to be absorbed better by the skin.

Better absorption and the actual mechanism of action of these products will reduce wrinkles.

Advantages Of Facial Shaving

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Coming to the good parts about the one of the best facial hair removal technique.

It’s Quick and Easy

The most obvious advantage of face shaving is that it removes the hair from your face as and when you like it.

Use facial shaving all over the face or for specific areas such as chin hair removal, as per your liking.

This can be done at home easily and at any time as per your convenience.

It’s Painless

Face shaving is an absolutely painless procedure unlike other common hair removal methods like waxing and threading.

It Exfoliates The Skin

Female facial shaving will not only get rid of the excess hair on your face but also exfoliate your skin.

Since the top layer of dead skin cells is removed during shaving, your skin will appear brighter in complexion than before.

The dead skin cells that sit on the top of the skin often clog up pores and cause acne, but this can be avoided by facial shaving.

Exfoliation also helps in improving the absorption of moisturizers, serums, facial oils, and other skin care products that you apply on your face.

This translates to the skin care products performing their function better.

It Creates a Smooth Base For Makeup

An exfoliated and hairless face provides a smooth base for applying makeup.

Your foundation and other base products will go much more evenly and give your entire look a flawless finish.

Disadvantages Of Facial Shaving

The list of advantages of female facial shaving is rather long when compared to its disadvantages.

Nonetheless, these disadvantages need to be mentioned.

This way you are aware of all the pros and cons of this hair removal technique.

Ingrown Hair

The biggest disadvantage of female facial shaving is the risk of ingrown hair developing on the face.

This disadvantage is universal to shaving any part of the body.

It has deterred many men and women from using this hair removal method.

But, there is a way to minimize this risk.

Shaving your face in the direction of your hair growth reduces the friction generated.

It helps to lower the chances of annoying ingrown hair.

Skin Irritation

Shaving can cause razor burns or irritation, especially because the skin on the face is thinner than the rest of the body.

This, again, can be avoided by shaving the hairs direction to reduce friction and damage to the skin.

Shaving creams and foams can also be used in conjunction with the Tinkle razor (or any other facial razor) is also an easy hack to prevent irritation.

Shaving Again And Again

The repetition required with this technique is another disadvantage.

Depending on the rate of your hair growth, you may need to shave your face once every week even.

Many women often resort to the bi-weekly shaving cycle.

It’s Not As Efficient As Dermaplaning

Female facial shaving may be regarded as the at home and cheaper version of dermaplaning.

But, the effects are not 100% identical.

Dermaplaning offers a more thorough exfoliation.

It should be done professionally by a dermatologist or a certified aesthetician only.

Practice For Expertise

Some practice is definitely required with this method.

You need to learn how to move the razor around your facial contours easily and not nick your skin.

What Tool Should You Use?

A pink razor on a surface

For facial shaving, you pretty much need just one tool – a good facial razor.

Tinkle Razor

The Tinkle razor seems to be the most popular option among bloggers and influencers alike.

It is easily available online or even in beauty stores.

But, the Tinkle razor is meant to be used on dry skin.

Single Blade Razor

Some women also prefer to use a single blade men’s razor.

However, the sharpness of the blade seems a little risky to play around with.

Facial razors are often branded as eyebrow razors and are about one centimetre to an inch long in length.

They are attached to a longer handle.

The small size of the blade makes it convenient to shave the hair from all areas of the face, such as the upper lip region and even from the temples.

Be constant with the 45-degree angle as much as possible and use swift and short strokes on the skin.

Battery Operated Razor

Battery operated razors or shavers for women are also available these days for facial shaving and can be used as well.

However, the control you have on the female shaver machine might not be as much as holding a razor that needs to be moved manually.

Do not use the same razor like the one you use for your legs.

Transfer of bacteria is easy and you definitely do not want your facial skin to be exposed to that.

As it goes with any other reusable razor that you use, sanitize the facial razor after each use.

Remember to dispose of it after using it a couple of times.

How To Shave Facial Hair

Shaving should be done on a fresh and clean face.

This will ensure the razor does not get stuck on any residual makeup or excess oil on the face.

Then, hold a good facial razor at 45 degrees against the skin.

It needs to be moved in short strokes in the direction of hair growth.

This is an easy technique that you can master and practice at home.

You get rid of hair and enjoy the other benefits this technique offers too!

One important thing to keep in mind before we proceed is that facial shaving should not be done when you pimples or active acne.

It can aggravate the acne or the razor can easily cut your skin at such acne affected areas.

Aftercare For Facial Shaving

A woman touching her face

Shaving the face involves removing the hair and exfoliating the skin at the same time.

The first step in the aftercare should be dusting off the hair from the face and neck.

Follow this up with washing the face with room temperature water.

You may use an antiseptic cleanser if you like to rinse the face.

Gently pat the skin dry after this and apply a moisturizer.

The process of exfoliation can make the skin dry.

Hence, moisturization afterwards is important.

Use a moisturizer with soothing ingredients like aloe vera or shea butter to further calm the skin down.

It might be best to skip the toner before applying the moisturizer as toners can sting post shaving.

The other steps in the aftercare depend on your skin type and also your skin concerns.

To minimize irritation after face shaving, apply sunscreen as well (after the moisturizer).

Stepping out in the skin and exposing freshly shaved skin to the harmful UV rays can cause irritation easily.

A good sunblock or sunscreen with SPF 20-30 can help you here.

To maintain healthy and flawless looking skin in between shaves, exfoliate your skin using gentle scrubs to keep the pores clean.

This will also ensure that your next shave is smoother.

Do not exfoliate right after shaving.

Use the scrub in between your shaving cycle.

If you plan to shave before applying makeup, then maintain an ideal gap of an hour between shaving and makeup application.

 To learn more about facial hair removal, click here to read our article on ‘7 Helpful Hacks To Make Facial Waxing Less Painful.’ 

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