Should I Shave My Face?
Probably you’ve seen so many videos on TikTok of people shaving their faces, and you keep wondering if you should do it too… well same! But before you go out and buy a blade, first you should ask all the right questions. “Is it good for my skin?”, “How do I do it correctly?”, “What should I apply afterward?”, etc.
So let’s get into it…
Face shaving is the practice of removing hair and peach fuzz, it’s like exfoliating. In Japan, they called it kao sori which is a popular skincare custom.
Shaving your face is neither good nor bad, it’s all personal preference. As well as, deciding to spend money on doing it with a professional or DIYing it at home. If you do it with a professional is called dermaplaning and a surgical scalpel is used instead of a razor. It carefully removes hair, fuzz, and even some top layer of your skin.
If you do decide to DIY, then you should follow these steps:
Prep Your Skin: Cleanse
You want to make sure your face is clean and make-up free. This is a very important step before doing any type of hair removal. Use a gentle cleanser for sensitive skin and wash away any impurities. Shaving can introduce bacteria into the skin, if you have clean skin then you’d decrease the chance of causing breakouts and further irritation. If you are prone to get razor bumps, ingrown hairs, red patches, or have conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, or acne, then you should skip this shaving session.
Get Your Tools Right
Some women may find dry shaving irritating to their skin, if you do then you should apply a thin layer of your gentle face wash on damp skin to minimize friction and prevent irritation. Other options are shaving cream, shaving gel, and moisturizing lotion.
Secondly, get a straight edge, single-blade razor (often called eyebrow razors) designed specifically for women’s facial shaving. Make sure this razor is solely for your face and hasn’t been used anywhere else. No dull razors, please.
Use a light hand and start shaving in short strokes. Tilt the razor at a 45- or 30-degree angle. Remember to shave the hair in the direction that it grows. Also, we recommend you use the other hand to pull the skin taut and prevent the razor from skipping or tugging on the skin. Otherwise, you could end up suffering from razor burns or small cuts. Rinse the razor after each stroke.
To Finish Off: Rinse & Moisturize
Rinse your face to wash away any leftover fuzzies and moisturize immediately. You can use a water-based moisturizer, super-hydrating serum, after-shaving lotion or mask post-shave to soothe your skin. We recommend our Skin Defense Lotion, which seals microscopic nicks and tears and helps your skin to heal naturally. It prevents irritation and razor burns.
What Are the Benefits?
- Smoother skin
- Softer skin
- Removes dead skin cells, debris and excess oils
- Maximize penetration of skincare products
- Helps makeup go on smoothly and last longer
- Shaving thick hairs can cause ingrown hairs
- Can damage the skin – nicks and razor burn
- Itching – if you apply moisturizer immediately, it should control this 'con'
And no, your hair will not grow back thicker, that’s a myth!
Written by VIBLOK® Creative Team