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Female Face shaving at home SAFELY

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Female Face shaving at home SAFELY face shaving

Recently, female face shaving gained popularity and a lot of women started to shave their face at home or get dermaplaning at a salon. When shaving your face, you are removing some of the dead cells and skin, which acts as a physical exfoliation. By removing the hair (peach-fuzz) you are allowing skincare products to penetrate deeper as well as your makeup being more smooth and filter-like.
Is dermaplaning safe to do yourself? Well, first of all, there is a difference between dermaplaning and face shaving.

Dermaplaning – Is done at a salon, by a professional, using a scalpel. The result is more noticeable, but it can be expensive.

Face Shaving – You can do it yourself at home using a razor. The price is minimal compared to dermaplning but the risk of infection or a cut is higher.

1. Will shaving make my hair grow thicker and faster?

No. Shaving does not affect your hair growth cycle or its density. That applies to all the human types of hair from head to toe. With body hair, what can happen is that the hair may appear thicker or darker a day after showing. That happens because hair is thickest and darkest at its root and when you cut it there, you are creating a blunt cut at the thickest point of the hair. This might be the most noticeable on legs, however, as it grows, it returns to its original state. Face hair (peach fuzz) however, is too thin and light, so most people, will not notice any problems at all.

2. Does female face shaving have side effects?

Face shaving and dermaplaning can cause irritation and redness. As you are removing some of your top layer of the skin, you are making it more prone to dryness, irritation or even breakouts. The top layer of your skin is the protective layer and by shaving, you are compromising your skin barrier.

3. Can I shave my face when I have acne or eczema?

People with eczema should not shave their face. Your skin’s barrier is already compromised and shaving will only worsen your symptoms. If you have eczema, but you wish to exfoliate, try looking into products with PHA, which is the mildest and safest form of chemical exfoliation.

When it comes to acne, it depends on its severity. If you are able to completely avoid the spot with that razer, you can shave the rest of the face. However, if you have multiple active breakouts in bigger areas, do not shave your face. By cutting the pimple you will spread the bacteria elsewhere, onto sensitive and compromised skin, which will make your acne worse. For people with acne, try products with BHA ingredients, which is a chemical exfoliation formulated specifically for people with acne-prone skin. BHA is oil-soluble which helps to break down the sebum in the pores.

4. How to shave my face safely?

  1. Wash your face and hands. Whatever you are doing with your face, start with a clean face and hands. By cleaning your face you are removing all the dirt that might cause a razor to get stuck and cut you, lowering the chances of infection, and softening your facial hair, which makes them easier to handle. Use a cleanser that does not make your skin too tight or dry.
  2. Use face oil. There are a lot of videos and guides saying it is ok to shave with a dry face, but we are strongly recommending not to do it. The razor needs to slide on your skin.
  3. Use a NEW facial razor (not a body razor). You can find them at almost any drugstore, usually marketed as an eyebrow razors. These are easier to handle especially around hairline and eyebrowns. Always use a new razor. This will prevent any bacteria from transferring or small cuts because of a dull blade.
  4. Shave in the direction of hair growth under a 45-degree angle. Use short strokes from up to down. Never shave in one long stroke. You can use your other hand to gently stretch your skin to allow better access. When shaving, divide your skin into sections and focus on one section at a time.
  5. Take your TIME! If you don’t have time, don’t even start. This might be potentially dangerous when doing it in a hurry. Please be careful.

5. Female face shaving aftercare and product recommendations.

Apply a moisturizer and you are done! You want to apply a good unscented face cream that will protect your face from dryness and from irritation. Ideally some with restoring properties such as Centella Asiatica or Ceramides.

Do not apply any active ingredients. A common mistake is that people after shaving or dermaplaning will apply active ingredients such as retinol, Vitamin C, AHA, BHA or other forms of exfoliants directly after shaving. Why people do that, is because the shaving allows the product to better penetrate and they are hoping for better results. But the only thing you will probably get is irritation, dryness, flakiness, redness and a burning face. So, just please don’t. Ideally, stay away from makeup as well, for at least 12 hours after shaving.

Product Recommendations for Female face shaving

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Cosrx – Low pH Good Morning Cleanser 150 ml

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ILLIYOON – Ceramide Ato Concentrate Cream 200 ml

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