You may have heard about the female face-shaving craze on the Internet or even from that friend who was obsessed with getting rid of her peach fuzz. Whether you are skeptical of its benefits or simply terrified of cutting your face, it turns out that face shaving is a great way to remove unwanted hair and exfoliate your skin, but only when done properly.
So, what exactly happens when women shave their faces? How does it make the skin look? Does it really impact how the hair grows back? I personally spoke with a panel of experts including Los Angeles based internist Dr. Sal Nadkarni (aka Dr. Sal), Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon (who you may recognize from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) Dr. Sheila Nazarian, New York City based dermatologist Dr. Kristina Goldenberg, Dara Levy, the esthetician that created the DERMAFLASH, and Anthony Sosnick, who is the founder of top selling skincare line, Anthony, to answer all of these questions, and more.
Your skin could become injured if you do not take proper precautions
Dr. Sal’s approach to shaving is always safety first: “You have to take precautions and use new blades. [But], I would not suggest using a regular razor. If you are using it for the purpose of getting rid of the hair and exfoliation, you are talking cuts galore. Those blades are extremely sharp.”
On the other hand, Anthony thinks using a razor is fine with the proper accoutrements: “I’ve been doing this for seventeen years. There’s nothing wrong with using a razor, as long as you are using the right products, and as long as your skin is properly cleansed before to allow a cleaner, closer shave. Of course it’s important to change your razors so they are not dull and to avoid razor burn.”
However, Dr. Nazarian thinks shaving your own face isn’t the way to go. “It’s best to have it done by someone who is experienced and combining it with a light peel afterwards for even more exfoliation,” she told me. But if you are going to use a razor, she admits “there is a risk of cutting your face, but it is low.”
Your skin will benefit the most if you use the right tool for the job
Both Dr. Nazarian and Dr. Sal believe it is best to use a device designed specifically for the purpose of female face shaving.
Dara Levy, esthetician and creator of the DERMAFLASH, also explained to me why a regular razor isn’t the best way for women to shave their faces: “Men grow terminal hair, which is like a piece of copper wire. Women grow vellus hair, which is soft and delicate. Facial shaving [for women] with a razor designed for the tough skin and terminal hair on a man’s skin is counterintuitive.”
The DERMAFLASH also differs from a razor in its purpose. A razor is primarily designed to remove hair with a secondary benefit of exfoliation. Her product works the opposite way, “[The] DERMAFLASH is an exfoliating treatment that removes built up debris and dead skin cells with the added benefit of temporarily removing peach fuzz,” she says.
Furthermore, the DERMAFLASH was designed with several safety mechanisms you can’t find on a razor. This includes a perforated alloy sleeve, which is placed over the actual blade and a bull nose at the tip, to prevent accidental scratches and abrasions.
No matter what you use to shave, you absolutely need to prepare your skin
Anthony says cleansing and exfoliating the area before you shave will help prevent ingrown hairs, unwanted razors burn, etc. He suggests shaving in the shower because “The heat from the steam softens the hairs and helps the hairs stand up as much as 30%, so they will be easier to cut off. Use a non-foaming cream to give you a nice lather because more foam, means more air so the blade can’t get as close to your skin as possible.”
Dr. Goldenberg noted, “It is important to remember to use a gentle cleanser before [shaving] and an antiseptic cleanser after.”
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