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Here's How Shaving Your Face Can Improve Your Skin

It does more than just remove hair.
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While you probably limit your shaving to your legs and underarms, you might want to consider the hair removal method when it comes to getting rid of unwanted facial hair. ICYDK, shaving your face can actually benefit your skin.

In fact, there several posts on social media showing women getting their faces shaved—like it's a normal thing. Tbh, this concept is foreign to most Pinays, because we think shaving is simply done to remove unwanted hair. Plus, there are myths surrounding face shaving that scare us from trying it.

We spoke with Dr. Kaycee Reyes of Luminisce Clinic to learn everything we need to know about shaving our faces.

  1. There’s a difference between shaving and dermaplaning.

    You might have seen videos of women getting their faces shaved with a scalpel circulating across Instagram—that’s dermaplaning. "Dermaplaning is a method of exfoliation that involves the use of a scalpel to gently scrape off the top layer of the skin in order to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion," says Dr. Reyes. "This is done by a professional because they’re able to exfoliate a bit deeper than you could with a razor." But you don’t need to visit a professional just to shave your face—with the right tools, you can easily DIY at home.

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  2. Shaving your face can exfoliate your skin.

    "Aside from removing unwanted hair," says Dr. Reyes, "shaving your face exfoliates the skin—making it appear smoother and brighter." The razor not only cuts your hair, it also scrapes off the dull, dead cells that accumulate on your skin. "This exfoliation [benefit] also helps your skincare products work better and makes it easier to put on makeup," she adds.

  3. No, you don't use the same razor you shave your legs with on your face.

    Put down the four-blade razor. "A regular razor is designed for tough skin and terminal hair" according to Dr. Reyes. "Women grow soft and delicate vellus hairs on their faces. A regular razor would be too tough and increase the chances of getting cuts." So what kind of razor should you be using? An eyebrow razor! "You need a single-edge, single-blade razor that slopes at the top," she explains.

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  4. Your hair won’t grow thicker.

    This is a popular myth and probably the main reason why women don’t shave their faces. FYI, "shaving will not cause hair to grow back thicker or faster, nor does it change the number of follicles in the skin or the rate of hair growth. Vellus hair on women’s faces do not become terminal hair unless there are endocrinologic imbalances."

  5. More than anything, you should definitely start shaving your eyebrows.

    You might be loyal to the lady that threads your brows, but this hair removal method could do a lot of damage in the long run. "Shaving is advisable for eyebrows since it won’t cause the hair to grow thinner or eventually stop growing, which can happen when you thread or wax off your hair," says Dr. Reyes.  

  6. Consider it as a step in your skincare routine.

    Since you’re also exfoliating your face when you shave, you need to properly integrate it into your skincare routine. This means doing proper prep work and post-shave care. "Use a mild cleanser all over the face and dry with a towel. Apply shaving cream or gel to help the razor glide smoothly. This will also help reduce irritation and keep your skin hydrated," says Dr. Reyes. After shaving, don’t forget to moisturize your skin. "Remember: Shaving is exfoliating, so you need to moisturize afterwards to soothe your skin and avoid dryness."

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  7. There’s a technique to shaving your face.

    You may have perfected the way you shave your legs, and now you can master how to shave your face. Here’s how to do it, according to Dr. Reyes: "Hold the razor at a 45-degree angle against the skin. Pull the skin taut, then start shaving downwards in short strokes."

  8. You can do it yourself anytime.

    The best part about shaving your face is its convenience. You don’t need to book an appointment to get your brows threaded or your upper lip waxed—you just need a razor and a bit of spare time to get rid of unwanted hairs. There isn’t a set schedule of when you should shave your face. According to Dr. Reyes, “some shave their face once a month or twice a month, but some also do it as often as every week.” It really just depends on how fast your hair grows.

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The bottomline: Face shaving aids in exfoliation, which eventually improves your complexion's texture. But, you don't *really* need to do it if you're scared of the blade. Face shaving is just one of the exfoliating methods you may try for smoother skin. You can turn to skincare products with AHA, BHA, and PHA can do gentle peeling, too!

Luminisce Clinic is located at Mercury Drug Bldg, 4th Avenue, Manila, 32nd St, Taguig (Mobile: 0977-8044601) and at Pddium Mall, Ortigas (Mobile: 0917-1684661).