Facial hair has been a part and parcel of every woman’s life. Sometimes, the peach fuzz goes fairly unnoticed, and at other times, it can be a bother. If you are dealing with certain conditions like hirsutism and PCOS, you may not love the excessive facial hair that comes with them. So, if you are looking for an inexpensive way to get rid of your facial hair, shaving might be just what you need. And we don’t mean slathering your face with shaving cream and going at it with a harsh razor. Shaving techniques are different for women. But before we get into tips on shaving facial hair, you need to know why this hair removal technique might be better than others for you.
Why shave your face?
1. Painless and economical
A trip to a salon to get your upper lips done is a real pain. Threading can have you in tears and waxing can leave a scar on your face. Shaving is not just pain-free, but it is also easier to do and more economical. You don’t have to spend a few hundred bucks every month at the parlour to get rid of your facial hair.
2. Get rid of peach fuzz
Apart from getting rid of the hair on your upper lips, you can also get rid of the peach fuzz by shaving. The fine hair on your chin, nose and cheeks can easily be removed using a facial razor. You’ll end up with soft and smooth skin.
3. Gives way to clearer skin
Sure, shaving removes facial hair. But do you know what’s better? Shaving also exfoliates your skin by helping remove those pesky dead skin cells that could potentially cause breakouts. Your skin will feel soft and smooth and you’ll be shocked how much dead skin falls off your face.
4. Boosts the effectiveness of skincare products
Once you have gotten rid of the dead skin cells, your skincare products will perform much better. They seep deeper into your skin and give it much-needed nourishment.
5. Makeup becomes easier to apply
Once your skin is cleared of peach fuzz and dirt and dead skin cells, your face becomes smooth. This, in turn, makes it easy to apply your base makeup products, like foundations or primers, that glide onto the skin and blend easily.
Also, one of the biggest myths about shaving facial hair is that this process will make the hair grow back thicker. Because shaving cuts off the hair from the surface of the skin and not the roots, this is completely untrue. Shaving does not change the texture of your facial hair.
Things to keep in mind when you shave your face
- Do not use any alcohol-based products after shaving
- Don’t share your razors
- Avoid splashing hot water on the shaved area
- Use a facial razor to shave your face, not any regular razor
- Always use a sharp razor to avoid nicks and cuts
- Do not shave if you have skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, etc to avoid causing further irritation
A step-by-step guide on shaving your face
1. Cleanse your face
Before you start with the shaving process, cleanse your face with a gentle face wash. Remove any makeup or dirt on the face. Otherwise, it will cause irritation and lead to breakouts. Once you are done washing your face, pat dry with a soft towel.
It is a good idea to exfoliate your skin before you start shaving. Use a mild scrub to remove any dead skin cells and loose hair. While shaving itself helps with exfoliation, this is just an extra step to ensure your shave yields the best results.
3. Apply a cream
Do not dry shave. This can cause irritation, razor burns, and cuts while shaving. Applying a cream will help you shave easily while also keeping the skin hydrated.
4. Start shaving
Use a sharp facial razor. Using light strokes, shave in the direction of the hair growth. Hold your blade at a 45-degree angle and apply light pressure as the skin on the face is sensitive. Don’t forget to hold your face taut while shaving. Keep cleaning your razor after every stroke to maintain hygiene.
5. Moisturise your face
Once you are done shaving, rinse your face. Then, moisturise using an oil, moisturising lotion, or aloe vera gel. Avoid any alcohol-based moisturiser to avoid irritation. This is an important step as you have opened up a new layer of skin after shaving. And you need to keep this new layer of skin hydrated and moisturised. Wait for some time before you apply any makeup products. Ideally, shave your face at night when your skin can be pampered to the maximum.
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