Threading, waxing, epilators, electrolysis, laser treatments. There are so many ways to take care of facial hair these days. Have you contemplated using a face razor? I teamed up with my curl friend Leena to share our experiences.
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Face Shaving at Home is also called as Dermaplaning
Leena has been dermaplaning almost a year now and says, “This works like magic for me and this is my preferred way!” Shaving face works for Leena because she has fine hair near the cheeks and chin and forehead as well. She says face waxing or threading pulls the fine hair which can cause your loose skin overtime. Leena still threads her eyebrows and upperlips for a smoother cleaner finish. So dermaplaning is for the chin, cheeks and forehead only. She's pro dermaplaning and says:
Shave your face if you have thin fine hair or peach fuzz.
Better complexion as it looks like you lost one layer off your face!
For smooth surface for makeup, or skincare after.
What is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is scraping the skin with a sharp tool, a form of exfoliation that’s quick and easy. It’s a gentler alternative to a chemical peel or to the treatment done by a professional.
Benefits of Shaving Your Face
Quick and easy!
Do it in the comfort at your own home.
Shave your face anytime, anywhere!
And the best benefit is applying your skincare products/makeup after! These penetrate deeper and are absorbed better by the skin.
Who should NOT use a Face Razor:
Can Dermaplaning Cause Hair To Grow Back Thicker?
No. Have you seen Leena? There’s no beard on her. When you dermaplane, you are only removing the fine hair or the peach fuzz. So shaving it will have no impact on how it grows back. It doesn't go deep enough to affect the active stem cells of hair follicles located deeper in the dermis. Learn more here.
What to Do After Dermaplaning?
If you are doing this for the first time, patch test first. Your skin may see some redness or slight itchiness or a tingling sensation. When that happens apply cold aloe vera gel or Hyaluronic Acid serum followed by your day/evening moisturizer. This is only required if you feel any redness. Stay away from any other kind of exfoliation (acids or scrubs) for the next two days. Use sunscreen.
Apply a little moisturizer
Use feather hands to do this, do not apply pressure.
Here’s a great video tutorial for more information!
How Often can you Dermaplane?
There is no rule here, see how it goes for you. Leena generally does it once every 10 days.
My Observations After Shaving My Face
I have thick coarse facial hair and I am acne-prone as well. So according to Leena’s recommendation I should’ve never done it. But I did it anyway because I can only write about my experiences around here.
This can be mind over matter for some people. But in my case, my genes are a big problem. This may not be the case for someone with fine hair. My thick coarse hair is the culprit so I grew a beard. Opps!
So I switched between shaving and tweezing, and found this time-consuming.
How come you don’t do Laser hair removal Liz?
I’ve done the whole nine yards thrice over in the last 10yrs. It’s a lot of money, time, and effort to laser my thick hair honestly.
- Hey Liz. Have you ever done threading?
I did that a lot too but found waxing better. With waxing, my facial hair takes longer to grow and grows back finer than normal too.
To determine if shaving your face is the right way to go, first observe what skin type you have. Is your facial hair fine or coarse? Are you acne-prone? Trends are so appealing, right? Whether it's skin care or hair care it always makes sense to step back, and think about your needs first.
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