I’ve been asked about this quite a bit recently, especially after I mentioned it in my beauty myths blog post that you can read here.
Since I’ve been asked, I’ve decided to upload a posts covering everything that I know about shaving my face. So, if you’ve been thinking about it or are simply curious, then read on!
Why shave your face?
What’s the point you may ask? Well, I hated the way that foundation sat on my skin. My skin is extremely oily, meaning I have to set my face with powder and my peach fuzz used to gather it, making my makeup look a lot more cakier. Shaving your face provides a smooth base for your makeup. Not only that but it also removes dead skin from your face and therefore allows your products to sink in better and enables it to reach its full potential. Due to it removing that skin, it also means it’s a form of exfoliation and it’s been rumoured that the reason that men age so slowly is due to the exfoliation they get when shaving!
How do you shave your face?
Personally, I use eyebrow razors but before I used to use single blade razors and they work equally as well. I opt for the eyebrow razors simply because they’re cheaper. You angle it at around 45 degrees from your skin then gently stroke downwards in the direction of the hair growth. I find I get better results when using on dry skin and pulling the skin taut as it reduces the chance of ingrown hair and accidental cuts. I don’t use any shaving foam to shave my face as I feel this clogs the razor up without being effective at the same time. It’s not too difficult really, just be extra careful around your eyebrows and hairline.
What else do I need to know?
First and foremost, it doesn’t grow back thicker and darker! I can barely tell when I need to redo it as it’s so fine and as light as it’s always been, it doesn’t grow back thicker in the slightest! If you have pimples, I’d suggest that you be careful as it’s still a blade running over it so you don’t want to open it up to anything that may infect it, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t do it if you do have acne.
It also doesn’t have to be done often, I shave my face once every week/ 2 weeks. I try and stick to a Sunday just so I remember to do it and I tend to not wear makeup the day after I’ve just done it just in case the foundation sinks into my pores or causes spots and this works for me.
The chance of cutting your skin is also very slim. I usually apply moderate pressure which probably isn’t advisable but I’ve not cut my skin yet, so it hasn’t had any negative impact. I’d probably say use the most pressure the first time as that’s obviously when you’ll remove the most fuzz and dead skin, light strokes will work fine after that.
You do need to keep it up once you’ve started but like I’ve said, it’s quick, easy and inexpensive and it doesn’t have to be done all too often. I’d say as long as you incorporate it into your skincare routine every week/2 weeks then you should be absolutely fine. It won’t appear thicker or darker so the preference of how often is up to you.
Are there any negatives?
Unfortunately, yes, but I can only think of one. It isn’t recommended for people with sensitive skin. My skin isn’t sensitive in the slightest but applying my Pixi glow tonic after shaving my face has made me realise that my skin is a little more sensitive after I’ve shaved it. It’s usually restored the next day but if you have sensitive skin, then I wouldn’t recommend just in case your skin flares up. I’m not saying you shouldn’t as I’m in no way an expert of this and I’m only speaking from what I’ve learnt but I feel it may be a problem for some and therefore I thought I should point it out instead of giving a false view on the matter.
Would you ever shave your face?
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