…& no it doesn’t grow back darker & thicker.
At least for me.
Had to start off with that because it’s the first question EVERYONE asks.
Some of you may already know this fun fact because I sort of broke it down in 2014.
In 2014 I was still hesitant though.
…Fast forward to 2017 & I’m a full-on, die-hard face shaver.
And before you judge hear me out.
First you should know the hair on my face is pretty much blonde. Like I don’t have a beard. Not that there’s anything wrong with this- my point is that I still shave my face even though the hair isn’t super prominent. ( Although Michael sometimes points out a black hair on my upper lips when the sunlight is shining directly on my face…& then I tell him to MIND HIS OWN BUSINESS ).
You should also know I’ve tried every single thing on the planet.
Nair? Doesn’t work on my face & it smells too strong for the face.
Waxing strips? OH HELL NO. IT MAKES HYPER PIGMENTATION aka my sun mustache WAY worse. Really brings those brown spots to the surface.
Plucking? Who has time?
Anyway, the other day I realized I needed to do part 2 of shaving my face because it’s evolved really. I was listening to LadyGang ( who just came on TSC HIM & HER Podcast ) & Kate Sommerville was the guest.
She’s BIG on facial shaving.
If you don’t know who Kate Sommerville is, she’s basically the SKIN QUEEN. Kate went on to say that Elizabeth Taylor’s dermatologist shared that Elizabeth shaved her face, as did Marilyn Monroe, AND Cleopatra. Not only that, Kate also said ALL HOLLYWOOD actresses shave their faces, they just won’t admit it.
Well. I am admitting it. No shame in my razor game here.
Kate also said it makes your makeup go on smoother, gives you glowy/dewey skin, AND it exfoliates your skin BIG TIME which is fucking fabulous for anti-aging.
If you don’t believe us then why do men always look so youthful? One of the reasons is they shave their faces their whole life. Think about it.
Another fun fact: it allows oils to absorb better AND YOU KNOW HOW I LOVE MY OILS ; ).
I shave with TINKLES ( found on Amazon ). I shave my whole face. I go upward. Always use a clean TINKLE. People might tell you otherwise but I think it’s so important to use a clean Tinkle so you’re not shaving with bacteria. Also, obviously be very careful over a pimple ( if you have a pimple, use this clay treatment– a real game changer ).
1. Does it hurt?
NO NO NO. Not even.
2. But doesn’t it grow back thicker & darker?
Nope. Not in my experience!
3. How often?
I shave once a week- sometimes I’ll do touch-ups.
5. Does a leg razor work?
I wouldn’t use a women’s leg razor. The texture on the legs is different than on the face.
6. Any other tips?
Do it on dry skin. Make sure your skin is VERY clean first too.
7. Quick how-to?
As Popsugar says: “Pull the skin taut, then start shaving downward on your skin in short strokes. You can’t just drag the razor against your skin — it wouldn’t do anything. Also, hold the razor at a 45-degree angle against the skin. Don’t freak when it looks like you skinned a lamb. You have more hair on your face than you think!”
8. WTF do I do post-shave?
Make sure to add oils to your skin post-shave. I am obsessed with pure rose hip oil right now because it’s helped with my brown spots.
Another FANTASTIC way to shave is Dermaplaning.
Dermaplaning “is a method of exfoliation that consists of using a 10 gauge scalpel to gently scrape off the top layer of dulling dead skin cells in order to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion.”
I would Dermaplane ALL the time but sometimes I get too busy or I’m traveling to I whip out my trusty Tinkle. Follow along on Snapchat because I’m getting Dermaplaned on Friday at 12:30 PM pst & I’ll video the experience!
By the way, if you have facial hair & it doesn’t bug you- LEAVE IT. Who cares what anyone else thinks. I’m just not a big hair person ( on me ) unless it’s on my eyebrows, eyelashes, or head. You do you, boo.
Do you shave your face? Would youuuu…?
+ be sure to listen to the latest TSC HIM & HER Podcast episode…it’s all about e-mail etiquette!
++ more beauty tips like this are in The Skinny Confidential Book.