Pros and Cons of SHAVING YOUR FACE as a Woman
Facial hair removal has been a long-practiced norm amongst women since many years. But, when we think of the same, our first thought always tilts towards waxing, threading, tweezing and laser treatments or depilatory creams. But did you know that shaving facial hair is actually quite popular among women in today’s times. Hollywood stalwarts and eternally etched as one of the most beautiful women in the world, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, too, shaved their faces back then. Closer to our generation, Bachelor contestant, Michelle Money strongly endorses DIY face shaving, and in fact, makes videos portraying her shave care routines. So, for all the young ladies out there, bothered by those tiny hair devils on the face, let us decode the pros and cons of shaving your face as a woman.
ELIZABETH TAYLOR and MARILYN MONROE used to shave their face even back then
SHAVING OFF OR NOT SHAVING OFF THE BODY HAIR – THE DILEMMA
Going a little off track, we do live in a world that frowns upon women having any form of visible facial or body hair. All hail the 2017 Adidas campaign or Billie’s 2019 “Red, White and You Do You” campaign that tried to normalize the situation. Just a quick disclaimer, with the idea of shaving off their facial hair, we do not robustly advocate or glamorize the acceptance of women with no body hair. Shaving or not shaving is as much a matter of personal choice, hygiene and preference as is taking a bath every day in the morning or drinking a glass of hot lemon water on empty stomach. We are not necessarily closed to being unconventional at times, and thereby, with this post the trend of hair removal is not particularly propagated.
Coming back, DIY shaving has steadfastly picked up pace in recent times, and all sorts of right voices are being heard. Shaving is not only consorted to body hair anymore. In fact, NYC based dermatologist, Dr. Eric Schweiger explaining in one of his interviews, strongly cited, “The main benefit of facial shaving for women is safely removing facial hair. A lot of women like to eliminate fine hairs (aka “peach fuzz”) for the smooth feeling they get post-shave.” He further quipped, “Shaving the fine hairs on the face can help with the absorption and penetration of the skincare products you use”. However, aestheticians globally collectively agree that women should follow a proper technique for the same, so as to avail of it benefits.
Another more sophisticated and trailblazing method is what we call ‘Dermaplaning’. It is basically an in-patient procedure, where you have a licensed aesthetician or a cosmetologist remove your villus hair- the finer and softer hair or the peach fuzz, as compared to your terminal or the thicker, darker hair. A defuzzing method, they use a surgical scalpel to gently scrape away the dead cells and the facial hair, thereby resulting in a smoother, supple and a glowing skin. Since it penetrates more deeply, it also enhances collages production. We’d like to clarify and bust a common myth here that (which may be pretty obvious by now) that shaving and dermaplaning are different from each other, even though they have similar functions.
Shaving definitely is a more self-sufficient and an efficient method, but hey, every coin has two sides, doesn’t it? Likewise, there are pros and cons to it that we have decoded for you. Read on to know more:
BENEFITS OF SHAVING YOUR FACE AS A WOMAN
1. Clean canvas: Apart from being an inexpensive method, shaving proves to be a great exfoliant, and removes any bacteria, therefore clearing the skin and giving it a glow, making it luminous and smoother. It is also claims to be anti-aging as it generates sebum production. In fact, deep diving of antioxidants and vitamins to the inner layer becomes effortless.
2. Makeup and skincare products are easier to apply: When you remove a layer of dead skin and bacteria, you get rid of any dirt or irritants, thereby leaving your skin clearer and supple. This makes it easier to use such products, as there is a blank canvas.
3. A preferred option as compared to waxing and tweezing: Shaving very gently scrapes of the peach fuzz, thereby keeping the skin tone even and firm. In the other case, you are pulling and tugging at your skin which leads to it losing its elasticity and opens up pores completely.
4. No added chemicals: Unlike depilatory creams, you are not exposing your face to hazardous chemicals or toxins, which may cause other unwanted reactions or irritation.
5. Ease of procedure: Electric shavers or wet shavers provide amazing options to safely remove facial hair.
DRAWBACKS OF SHAVING YOUR FACE AS A WOMAN:
1. Five O’clock shadow: This phenomenon is a shadow-like illusion that occurs when you shave more deeply to get rid of the terminal hair. (Five’ o clock shadow is defined as the appearance of a dark shadow on a man’s chin and face caused by the slight growth of beard that has occurred since he shaved in the morning).
2. Risk of Razor Bumps: Also known as ‘Pseudofolliculitis’, it leads to inflammation when the hair starts to regrow underneath the surface.
3. Razor Bumps are real: If you have extremely sensitive or acne prone skin, then shaving may not be advisable as it will leave you redness, irritation, scar marks, perhaps exposed lesions and burning.
4. Ingrown hair is a possibility: Since it cuts the hair off from the surface, there is a high likelihood of the dreaded ingrowth, which may give a stubble like feeling. Time to debunk another myth out here- shaving does not regenerate coarser or darker hair. However, the consistency may have to do with cultural and individual differences.
For the unaware and the amateurs reading this, we’d like to leave you with a parting 4 step process, if you do decide to shave anytime soon.
Wet and cleanse your face
Apply a shaving cream or gel
Aveeno Positively Smooth Moisturizing Shave Gel ($4), Origins Blade Runner Energizing Shave cream ($19)
Shave in the direction of growth (avoid dull razors).
Brands such as Tinkle( $1) and Sheseido ($5 for 3)
Rinse and moisturise
Sanitize your razor
Preferably with alcohol
We hope you learnt more about this beauty fad through this article. To sign off, we’d love to hear your views.