… And no, it doesn’t grow back thicker.
Had to get that out of the way ASAP because it’s always the first concern for women.
Now look. It’s not like I have a full beard or mustache. The hair on my face is super light. Pretty much nonexistent to the eye unless you are really checking me out. Just your typical peach fuzz, know what I mean? Although, if I’m being honest I do grow one long, black hair on my jawline. Ask my husband, he’ll tell you all about it.
And here’s the thing; I’m not into waxing, or any other form of hair removal really because
- I just don’t care that much, and
- who has time for all that?
Plus, facial skin is super delicate so can we just not?
So yea, I shave my face.
Well, it really depends.
If I’m away from the kids, luxuriating in all things self care, I’m probably using a brand new men’s razor and coconut oil. I know coconut oil on the face is controversial in the realm of skincare but I prefer it over a shaving cream that has who knows what in it. I have sensitive skin so I prefer more natural options.
It’s pretty self explanatory —> I apply coconut oil from the top of the cheeks down, and with a gentle touch of the razor I shave with the grain of the hair, not against. I don’t shave above the eyes with a razor, but we’ll get into that. I find this method gives me the cleanest shave, leaving me with the most noticeable results.
- A men’s razor is designed for thicker facial hair so if you go this route, please proceed with caution.
If I’m going for more of a day-to-day on the go routine I’ll use a small disposable razor called a Tinkle. For the record, I have tried a number of different disposable razors and the Tinkle is the one I find myself going back to time and time again. Not sponsored, just realness.
When using the Tinkle I use short, downward motions with gentle pressure. When I’m shaving around the jawline and lips I may shave in small, upward motions if I feel like I can’t get the hairs shaving downwards. Whatever works!
When using the tinkle I do shave the area above and around my eyes. I don’t have much hair up there to begin with, but I do it for good measure because why not? It just feels like a completion of the process. Also worth noting, I bring it down my neck as well.
After I shave, I give my skin a few minutes to settle from any irritation and I moisturize my newly exposed skin.
Now that we’ve discussed the HOW, let’s discuss the WHY.
Fun fact, models have been shaving their faces for YEARSSSSS! It’s one of the best kept secrets in the industry, until now! Celebrity facialist Kate Somerville revealed that she shares the recommendation with her very long list of Hollywood clients.
To keep it simple for ya, shaving the face has a number of benefits including:
- Removal of impurities
- Improved skin texture
- Removal of facial hair (most noticeable with “peach fuzz”)
- Reducing the appearance of scarring and fine lines
- Save money on expensive hair removal procedures
Not to get too medical with you because hi, hello I’m not a professional, but when you shave your face you are essentially removing the top layer of dead skin through an exfoliation process that encourages cellular rejuvenation revealing healthier, more youthful skin!
In doing this, your skin is smoother creating a better base for skincare products to absorb more effectively. This also helps your makeup to apply more evenly! I speak from experience when I tell you my makeup looks 10 times better after a quick shave!
I mean, think about it. Men appear to age slower, am I right? Could it be because they spend the majority of their life shaving? Hmm?
I’m a busy mom of two, so realistically speaking I probably go in with an actual razor every 4-6 months or so. I will do a small maintenance shave with the Tinkle disposable razor weekly, being more thorough once a month.
That’s really all there is to it. Healthier skin. Better makeup application. Removal of the random black hair on my chin. It’s a win for me!
Do you shave your face? Let me know!