The latest trend in the beauty world is shaving your face to achieve smoother foundation application, better skin exfoliation and even preventing acne. I know it sounds almost unbelievable, controversial and yet sensible type of solution that made me curious enough to shave the peach fuzz on my face. I can only describe the experience as physically painless but mildly emotional and draining. I decide to share my experience in more detail, addressing some of the most common concerns, discussing face shaving tools and hair regrowth.
I thought it might be useful to know my hair removal history as a reference. I defined my experience with removing facial hair as moderate. I’ve waxed, treated and now shaved my hair both at home and done professionally at the salon. My facial hair is generally very soft, blond and fine, with the exception of the aria around my sideburns and jaw line (ever so slightly darker)
Before I embarked on this rather scary experience I researched the most commonly used tools. We have the electrical face trimmer, that is generally meant for brow trimming or the most common plastic blades sold in a pack of 3 or more (both available on Amazon rather than your local drugstore). With the electrical one you get that extra bit of vibration while shaving off the hair. I wouldn’t say it is making a world of a difference but I guess is nice to have feature. In terms of grip and ease of use I would say this tool is a bit trickier than the alternatives. The plastic small blades are probably your best bet. They are generally inexpensive and meant to be for single use only. They all feel comfortable to grip and give good control during shaving.
It is quite important to use these tools properly in order to avoid any skin irritation or cuts. Place the plate almost flat on your skin and try to work at a close slanted angle (about 30 degrees). It takes a bit of getting used to but it comes pretty natural. Before you start slightly pull the skin to get a closer shave and make sure that you trim your hair in the direction of growth. I only practice shaving on dry skin (my personal research pointed that this is best for dry to normal skin types).In my experience going over shaved areas can cause skin irritation so try to avoid it as much as you can.
With the electrical trimmer I could not really get that much of a close shave. With the plastic blades the shave felt closer but to the naked eye,the effect from both looked the same. After shaving skin feels very soft and makeup application does go on much smoother. If you have darker hairs (including the shade of your peach fuzz) I would recommend going for a laser treatment instead of shaving. If you hair is more fine and blond this technique might certainly be something new to explore.
I would say that hair regrow is really down to your technique. NO, the hair does not grow back thicker or darker. The technique you choose is very crucial simply because of the angle you cut your fine hairs. In general the process of hair regrow will become far more noticeable to you but that does not necessarily mean it will grow any worse, thicker or darker than before. Beware that the hair will grow a bit more pointed and straight. Another useful tip is to really be careful not to miss any areas in order not to end up with stakes of bold and hairy patches. Also shaving around the jaw line is quite tricky and does take a few times to get it right.
It is really down to personal preference as of how often you repeat shaves. Normally I notice my hair growing back after about a two week and a half, but for you might take more or less time. I’m not the type of person who obsesses over any slight hair regrow and therefore tend to repeat shaving once or twice a month. Some people do weekly touch-ups other like me do it less regularly, it really depends on how much facial hair bothers you.