In our world, where societal norms and beauty standards have long dictated how women should look and present themselves, specific practices and preferences have remained unspoken, tucked away in the shadows. Among these is the act of women shaving their faces—an often misunderstood and taboo topic. Breaking through this silence, many women are challenging conventions and embracing their choice to shave their faces, defying stereotypes, and reclaiming their autonomy.
It’s time to debunk the myths, shed the shame, and embrace the empowering benefits of this practice.
Myth #1: Shaving Makes Hair Grow Thicker and Darker
One of the most common misconceptions about facial shaving is that it causes hair to grow back thicker and darker. However, this is nothing more than a myth. Shaving does not alter the structure of the hair follicle or affect its growth cycle. When hair regrows after shaving, it may appear slightly blunt, giving the illusion of thickness. But rest assured, the texture and color remain unchanged.
Myth #2: Shaving Damages the Skin
Another unfounded belief is that shaving the face leads to rough and damaged skin. Quite the contrary! When done correctly, facial shaving can have exfoliating benefits. Removing the outer layer of dead skin cells helps promote a smoother and more radiant complexion. The key is to use the right technique and tools specifically designed for facial shaving.
Myth #3: Facial Shaving Is Only for Men
Historically, facial shaving has been associated with men, but it’s time to challenge this gendered notion. Many women have discovered the transformative effects of facial shaving and incorporated it into their beauty routines. It’s a personal choice that knows no gender boundaries. Embracing facial shaving can enhance makeup application, boost skincare absorption, and provide a flawless canvas for any gender.
The Benefits of Facial Shaving for Women
Now that we’ve debunked the myths let’s get into the benefits of facial shaving for women.
Smooth Canvas for Makeup
Facial shaving provides a smooth and even surface for makeup application, allowing foundation to glide on effortlessly and giving you that coveted airbrushed finish.
Enhanced Skincare Absorption
By removing dead skin cells, facial shaving helps skincare products penetrate deeper into the skin, maximizing their effectiveness and delivering better results.
Exfoliation for Youthful Complexion
Regular facial shaving can exfoliate the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and promoting a more youthful and radiant complexion. It’s like a mini spa treatment you can do at home.
Cost-Effective Beauty Routine
Facial shaving offers an affordable alternative to expensive treatments. By taking matters into your own hands, you can control your beauty routine and achieve professional-looking results without breaking the bank.
It’s time to break free from the silence and embrace our choices.
Steps to shaving your face
Clean your skin first and dry it thoroughly.
Facial shaving is typically done on naked skin without shaving cream or product. Some women may find dry shaving irritating to their skin. If you do, you can use shaving gel, moisturizing lotion, or cream on your face before shaving.
I use the Michael Todd Sonic Dermaplaning 2 in 1 facial exfoliation and peach fuzz hair removal system. Or you can use a straight-edge, single-blade razor designed specifically for women’s facial shaving. These products are sometimes referred to as eyebrow-shaving razors or dermaplaning tools.
To avoid nicking or irritating your skin, never use a dull razor.
When shaving, hold the skin taut with one hand. Hold the razor at a 45-degree angle and gently graze the skin with short, light strokes while applying as little pressure as possible. Always shave with the hair’s grain rather than against it.
Rinse the razor after each stroke.
Don’t shave near your eyes unless you’re completely confident in your ability with the razor.
After shaving, rinse your face and moisturize immediately.
Let’s break free from the stigma and embrace our individual choices. Women who shave their faces should no longer keep it a secret. By sharing our experiences and debunking myths, we empower ourselves and others to make informed decisions about our beauty routines. So, let’s stand together, shatter the silence, and celebrate the many benefits of facial shaving.