Some people will give anything a go when it comes to maintaining beauty, and now it seems women are even willing to shave their faces for healthy, glowing skin.
My usual morning facial routine consists of cleansing, toning and moisturising — nothing too complicated about that. But if this female face shaving really starts to take off, it could be something more like cleansing, shaving and moisturising instead. According to skin specialists and beauty experts, women should begin shaving their faces if they want to have youthful and wrinkle-free skin.
Call me a cynic, but I’m sensing a bit of a marketing ploy here, where companies create niche markets and subsequent product lines to prey on women, or just people in general, and their low self-esteem or their concerns about ageing.
But some women, who have been practising the beauty routine for years, swear that the shave exfoliates their skin and leaves it feeling soft and supple, without the hair growing back thicker and darker.
The thing is, it exfoliates and the razor scrapes away at the skin, as well as shaving the hair, taking away with it any dead skin. But, and I might be thinking outside the box a little here, I think there are ways of exfoliating our faces without using a razor.
Despite that, some women swear by the razor and shaving cream method, saying their skin is healthier as a result, while others say the dry razor method, whereby a small eyebrow razor is used on dry skin to remove fluffy hair from the face, works a real treat.
And you don’t have to be the bearded lady to give something like this a try either, apparently. Not that I’m eager to try this one anytime soon, but apparently Kate Somerville, who was Elizabeth Taylor’s dermatologist, spilled the beans and revealed that the actress also used to shave her face, as did Marilyn Monroe. So if it’s good enough for them, it’s got to be good enough for the rest of us, right?
But will shaving your face make you even hairier than you were before? Apparently not, says dermatologist, Dr. Neal Schultz, who also says shaving is why men claim to age better than women. Here we go with the face shaming again.
“Most men shave their faces — and thereby exfoliate two-thirds of their face — regularly for years. That’s the reason that by their 30s and 40s, men’s skin often looks better than women’s skin,” he told the Daily Mail.
What do you think? Will you be reaching for the razor anytime soon?