Rumor has it that 50's movie icons Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor both shaved their faces regularly. They credited shaving with giving them jaw-dropping, beautiful skin. These days lots of celebrity women admit to shaving their faces. Here's why...
Shaving or dermaplaning (using a straight-edge facial razor) gets rid of the tiny peach fuzz that covers your face and removes multiple layers of dead skin cells. Dead skin can make your skin look dry and lackluster. It also does not refract light (which makes it look dry and dull) and the dead debris forms a barrier that prevents the skin from properly absorbing face creams and moisturizers. The exfoliation makes your skin feel smoother, which in turn allows your foundation to glide on with no resistance and results in a more polished look.
When I was growing up my mother told me that shaving my legs would cause my hair to grow back thicker and darker. According to dermatologists at the Mayo Clinic this is a myth, whether we are dealing with leg hair or facial hair. Shaving gives hair a blunt tip which can feel stubbly and coarse as it grows out but this is a short-lived phase. Shaving will not change the color, thickness, number of hair follicles in the skin or the rate of hair growth.
So why don't women simply shave their faces and discontinue other methods of exfoliation?
As it turns out, shaving is not for everyone. Women with extremely sensitive skin
are not good candidates for the blade. Shaving can result in nicks and cuts and cause razor burn, especially if the skin is not adequately lubricated. And as most beardless men know, shaving can cause ingrown hairs that have the potential to become infected.
In the end, the decision to shave or not to shave comes down to what you are most comfortable doing. If you do decide to embrace the razor, be sure to buy one that is designed for women and will be kinder to our softer, more delicate skin.
Copyright April 2019 by Sharon Gnatt Epel for La Ishá