Women…… To Shave or Not To Shave

Shaving for women; our foundation for beautiful skin

On top of being American icons, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor had something else in common: They both shaved their faces and had amazing skin because of it. Professionals in the aesthetic industry uniformly shave their face. Shaving controls dead lackluster skin cells and removes makeup that accumulates despite our daily cleaning regimen. Shaving also controls the fine white vellus hairs that many of us have. Look at the two beautiful models that we have selected. The older model is a beautiful example of a woman in her early 40s. Beautiful eyebrows, eyes, mouth and jaw line. One of the big differences between her and our younger model is the fact that the younger model does not have any vellus hair on her face. This gives her face a much flatter appearance and tends to make her skin look more moist because the vellus hairs are not blurring the surface of the skin and they have not taken on any makeup. On our older model, look at the difference between the skin on her forehead and the skin on her face.

Dermaplaning (the clinical term for using a straight-edge-like facial razor on skin to mechanically exfoliate it) has many beautiful benefits, as Monroe and Taylor knew: It removes deep layers of dead skin cells thoroughly; it’s a fine exfoliation rather than gritty (think of it as wearing ice skates rather than golf shoes on an ice rink, says Mary Schook, licensed aesthetician and cosmetic chemist); and it gets rid of the vellus hairs (the tiny peach fuzz that covers your face) . “It also makes your skin smoother, allows any products you apply after to penetrate deeper, and promotes cellular turnover, which is one of the reasons men always look five or so years younger than their age, since they’re constantly exfoliating through shaving and encouraging new cells to the surface of your skin,” Neal Schultz, M.D., a cosmetic dermatologist in NYC, adds.

While this probably sounds right up your alley — because who doesn’t want to look young and beautiful? — I’m sure the idea of “shaving” your face is terrifying because you’re thinking, “Oh no, I don’t want my facial hair to grow back thicker and darker in the process!” But will that peach fuzz we lop off grow back thicker? “That’s actually a myth,” Schultz says. “The hair that grows back does so with a blunt edge, but the diameter of the hair is no thicker than it would be before it was shaved.

Ready to shave your face and try? Dr. Schultz recommends wetting your entire face first to soften the hairs, and then applying a thin lather of soap; no need for shaving lotion that tends to build up on razors. Then, use a mans facial razor against the hair’s growth pattern for the closest shave. Make sure to shave under the eyes over your cheekbones and at the corners of your eyes to maximize exfoliation in these areas and to minimize wrinkles. Finally, rinse and moisturize your face and avoid any products with potential irritants, such as retinol or acids. For sanitary purposes, make sure to wash your razor every time you use it with hot water.

In Japan, there are entire salons devoted to kao sori (translation: “shaved face”), where women go in droves to get brighter, softer skin. Here in the States, the professional term for this procedure is dermaplaning, where a trained aesthetician uses a blade to remove the outermost dead skin cell layers on the face. If you are hesitant about beginning this process at home, come into our medical spinal and have our aesthetician perform the dermaplaning procedure. Your skin will brighten immediately. The procedure will bring a significant amount of color to your face. You may see a significant difference in laugh lines at the corners of your eyes. there is no limit as to the number of times per week to shave. In general, we recommend shaving either once or twice weekly. You will notice the results immediately.