Whether anyone wants to admit it or not, we’ve all thought at one point or another about swapping the wax appointment for a razor. And while we’re still not keen on the idea of lathering up with Barbisol and taking a Gilette to our face, we’re still ultra curious… and apparently not alone. Get this- according to the holy grail of skincare, Kate Somerville, most Hollywood actresses shave their face- they just call it Dermaplaning, which is essentially a huge razor that removes dead skin cells and (you guessed it)- hair. We’re talking names like Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, and even Cleopatra. Fast forward to 2017, where beauty bloggers like Emily Schuman of Cupcakes and Cashmere, The Skinny Confidential and Carli Bybel have owned up to shaving their faces, too. It’s happening.
Here’s everything you never thought you’d need to know about shaving your face.
1. Don’t use the same razor that shaves your lady bits.
Or a man’s razor. Or anything similar. The razor you use needs to contour to your facial shape, so a flat razor means you might cut yourself. Use a single-edge, single-blade razor- we love these by Sephora– or the ever classic Tinkle.
2. It’s not going to grow back thicker and darker.
Which even isn’t biologically possible. Unless you had thick, dark hair on your face to begin with, it’s not going to grow back this way. Removing hair just doesn’t change the number of hair follicles you have, nor does it affect the rate of hair growth.
3. You have way more hair on your face than you probably think.
Don’t panic- it’s just peach fuzz- but until you really get in there and eliminate it, you probably have no idea how much of a barrier is in between product and your face. Pull your skin taut, hold the razor at a 45° angle, and shave downward on your skin in short, swift motions. It’s all in the wrist here.
4. Hair-free skin is the cleanest.
Think about it- how much oil and makeup is getting caught in there? Serums, moisturizers, and cleansers will have a much easier time penetrating the skin now, in addition to your makeup going on smoother. Another plus? Consider this an anti-aging treatment, a little like Dermaplaning. As you remove your fuzzies, you’re also removing dead skin hanging out on your face, too.
5. You won’t need to shave every day- or every week even.
Work this into your regimen once or twice a month- or however often you deem necessary. Over time, you might actually notice the hair starts taking much longer to grow back due to repeated trauma.
6. You’ll have noticeably brighter, smoother and softer skin.
… Especially if you contour. Work that tinkle into your cheekbone to remove any fuzz that’s standing in your way of the perfect contour. Then thank us later.