Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Shaving Face

Lindsey at Daily Knack tagged me with this challenge. I love the concept of changing one's paradigms. I, for one, get so stuck in what I have accepted as my view of the world that it is hard to sell myself any differing story.



I have been trying to think of something that I could try to change my rigid mind about, and this morning while in the shower.. it hit me.

While spa-ing this weekend some friends and I were told an interesting idea concerning cell rejuvenation. The Master Estitician claimed that women should shave their faces in order to exfoliate and encourage new cell reproduction on your face.

I was blown away and albeit hesitant to think this wasn't some elaborate Punk'D episode in which I would start shaving and next month have Billy Maze's thick facial hair, or worse.

She claimed:

Men tend to age better because of their daily ritual of shaving.

That your hair does not grow back darker or thicker... wive's tale.

Then she showed us her smooth face and said the last time she shaved was a week ago.

When she left the room we busted up laughing at the visual. Me. My husband. Morning time. Side by Side. Faces covered in shaving cream. There was no way I was about to take a razor to my face. I can just see it now... Showing up to story time with little pieces of toilet paper stuck to my nicked up chin and forehead ( yes.. you are even supposed to shave your forehead).



However, in order to answer Linds's plea I have done some research on the topic and maybe even have started to "Think Different."



This news report claims that "women have been shaving for decades," and that "it can achieve a similar result as microderm abrasion that can cost over $100."

Harper's Bazaar ran a story about a woman who gets her face professionally shaved, or what she called "microplaning," to achieve a beautiful glow.


Pretty interesting. I wouldn't have tried it originally, but now I am not sure and I am putting it as my "think different" topic. Anyone know anything about this?? Has this made you "think different"

I am not tagging anyone persay, but I would encourage everyone to pick something "think different" about, then post about it. It should be interesting.

37 comments:

thekirnancrib said...

ooohhhh, you'll have to share if you try ;) I'm still stumped on mine :(

MamaGeek said...

I doubt there is a flying chance in he11, I'd EVER be brave enough to attempt shaving my face. WOW!

If you do try this, you so have to blog about it.

(but please don't try it)!

linds said...

So this is good news. Why spend all that money on laser razor?!?!?!

This post did make me think differently... however, I am still scared of shaving my face. I mean my legs and pits are hard enough to keep up on.

Keep me posted if you try it!

Spammon said...

I did some research of my own as well. You and the lady are correct. I found this documented evidence here.

Gustogirl said...

Ok, so now I want to do it. I am scared though, but wouldn't it be great if it did have the positive results that the article states that it will. I will have to think about it some more.

Maxfield Family said...

awesome post rachel. Interesting idea, but I don't think I'm going to shave. I'd be too nervous that I'd be encouraging more to grow. I'm old fashioned I guess.

Hey, I've been meaning to tell you thanks for the tip about Steve and Barrys - I went in Utah. what a bargain.
I just added your link to my blog. Sorry I'm slow!

LindsSawyer said...

SOOOO... I did witness this madness at the spa with you and my doubts were high however after experimenting with this I am a believer! I may not be the best candidate to test the grow back black theory because I am SO blond anyway with fine hair however...I love it, Make-up is SMOOTH and I feel like I have a bit of a GLOW!

RachelT said...

LINDSAY!! Does this mena that you tried it... I need all the details. You are so brave!!! I am so nervous that I will do it and be stuck shaving for the rest of my life!

LindsSawyer said...

Rach...I have tried and tested it and I have to say..."I personally beleive..." It WORKS! If you need a proof source you can examine my face with a close up mirror. I like it! I am interested to see Ammon's clinical evidence as well but IM INTO IT...

Angie*Steve*Owen said...

This makes me very apprehensive...I have the darker genes, which means darker hair...I would never dare!

Anonymous said...

So funny. Me and my friends were just talking about this. I know afew people who do it! I haven't been brave enough to try it. But I know plenty of people who do! They swear by it. Everyones different though. I have talked to afew dermatologist who also say go for it, that it is fine and the hair would never grow back thicker or darker. Again, everyones different!

Check this out though, they talk about it a bit more.

http://beautybuzz.yuku.com/topic/6305/t/Who-here-shaves-their-face.html?page=1

Anonymous said...

I don't know if that link worked..

http://beautybuzz.yuku.com
/topic/6305/t/
Who-here-shaves-their-face.html?
page=1




that all goes together to form the address, for some reason it wouldn't let me post it as one long line. so, just paste that all one line :) there are lots of ladies talking about shaving there faces on there ;)

Anonymous said...

I heard this once on a news program and believed their reasonings for why it was good...smooth skin, sluffs off dead skin with out harsh chemicals, much better than bleaching for people with sensitive skin, etc. Even though I believed all the evidence I wasn't brave enough to try it...until that is I got pregnant with my second child and all that light peach fuzz along my jaw bone turned BLACK. I didn't have any bleaching lotions in the house and not wanting to go out in public looking like a teenage boy hitting puberty I reached for my razor. I must say I love it. You don't have to do it everyday like men do (I only do it 1-2 times a week), it doesn't grow back course and dark (unless it was that way to begin with), I have yet to cut myself, and my skin is so smooth. I encourage you to try it. If you don't like it, your normal fuzz will be back within a couple weeks with no harm done.

Anonymous said...

I read about this on a makeup website for stage make-up a couple years back, and tried it once during show season. I really liked how smooth make-up went on my skin and after a few weeks, my face fuzz was normal. I am 18, and my skin is too sensitive to use exfoliants, so I recently started shaving it again. It's very nice and smooth. I love it and will keep doing it for sure. I've cut myself, but not badly or anything and usually when I am being really careless and unsteady with the hand. I use a 2 blade disposable razor about 3 times a week.

Anonymous said...

I had Facial hair from the time i was born. All down my throat as well, when i was 17 I was so embarrassed by it that i started shaving. It is bull when they say it won't grow back thick and darker, if I wanted too, i could probably grow out a full beard. I am very embarassed by it, and wish there was something i could put on it to just wipe it away.... I have tried creams, bleaches, etc...and nothing works. All it does is burn my skin.
I never thought about the exfoliating benefit until i have read this site...no wonder people all think i am younger then what i am.

Isobel said...

Shaving does NOT make the hair grow back thicker or darker - how could it? The hair grows from follicles which aren't touched by the razor so how could shaving make any difference to the thickness or colour of the hair? The reason some people think the hair grows back thicker is because when you shave you cut the tapering end of the hair and thus when it grows out a little it has a blunt end instead of a tapering one. If you want to prove this, do this: shave, let the hairs grow a little and feel them - you'll feel stubble because of the blunt ends, also blunt ends are thicker than tapering ones. Now remove the hair with facial hair removing cream and you'll find it will grow back with tapering ends again. So you see, there's no way shaving makes the hair grow thicker, it just FEELS thicker because of the blunt end.

As for growing darker - nonsense! The colour of all hair on your body is decided by your genes, not by what anything you do to it (except dyeing or bleaching, of course). I've shaved for years and the hair grows back as fair as ever. I wish it WOULD grow back dark as I'd then try laser hair removal which only works on dark hair, but sadly the shaving doesn't change the hair colour one iota.

Shaving is indeed good for the skin, is cheap, non-invasive, safe, quick, handy, effective, easy - and only needs to be done two or three times a week. I spent years using wax and hair removal creams, burning and irritating my skin, before taking the plunge and trying shaving. Shaving is just so easy to do and I haven't cut myself once. I use a disposal razor and am careful and have had no bother whatsoever. A simple solution to an age-old problem!

sharkwofford said...

The procedure of shaving your face is actual called dermablading or dera planing. The procedure removes the outer most layers of dead skin cells. The results are softer smooth skin. It also gives you a youthful glow. By doing this you facial hair will NOT grow back darker or thicker. The hair on your face is called vellous hairs (tiny translucent hairs). Termianl hair is thicker hair that grows on brows,under arms,pubic area,legs and MALE faces.

To do this procedure make sure you use the correct tools!! First off use a disposable,sterile #10 blade. Hold a small section taut. Carefully scrap the blade along the face with short,quick strokes. Hold at a 45 degree angle. You can use iodine or glycolic acid on the face when doing this procedure. If you use iodine it actual helps you see what sections have been done.

Do this every 3 to 4 weeks. Your hair will grow back and it will look just like it did before you shaved it!!! Try it once and if it's not for you, then you don't have to do it again. Good Luck :)

Anonymous said...

i just shaved my face for the first time today. i used pond's cold cream (that was the closest thing to me at the moment) and it was kinda fun. my skin is SO smooth, and does look dewy. i have very fine hair every where on my body except for my head, so i'm really not worried about it growing back dark/coarse if that's really true anyway. i saw caroline from housewives mention it last night and couldn't wait to try. i'm kind of excited to do it again, but i'm just weird like that. i did my neck too, and had great results.

Melly67 said...

Ok ladies, I have been shaving my face now for about 3 months. I shave 3 times a week and I have had WONDERFUL results! My face looks & feels so smooth and dewy.

This is what I do. I start off by removing all makeup, and then I take a Venus razor, shave my whole face (including under my eyes)while in the shower. I do not use shave creams or lotions, just the running water from the shower. I also hold my skin taut in the saggy areas (under eyes, under chin.) After my shower I pat my face dry, and then apply Oil of Olay face cream. and then serum under my eyes. The results so so far are amazing! Of course I am doing this for exfoliation, but the hair removal is a big plus!

Anonymous said...

I shave my face about twice a year. Nothing crazy! I am very fair and blonde, so my facial hair isn't visible. I definitely recommend shaving your face on occasion, but not too often, especially for you darker haired women! The exfoliation feels wonderful and my skin really clears up, as it promotes new cell growth!

Anonymous said...

Ok ladies, here is the proof. I am 53 years old and I have been shaving my face since I was 23. Why...I worked as a counter manager for Estee Lauder when I was at the age of 23 and waited on a beautiful Japanese lady who told me she shaved her face. Her skin was absolute! I went home that night and I have been shaving since. I have always received so many compliments on my skin. Women just stare. The one thing I must tell you all is, I have received more compliments on my facial skin then on any other aspect of my being but I never told anyone until recently. Women will come up to me at a party and compliment me on a sweater or outfit, but it does not take them long to get to my face and they comment, "You have no wrinkles, unbelieveable, and yet I can tell you have not had a face lift." I feel very lucky to have started shaving when I did and just for additional pointers, I never had any facial hair to begin with, I just did it to exfoliate...but I must admit that I did this and consistently used Estee Lauder cosmetic treatments for the past 30 years...I should call Estee Lauder and tell them the results of my experiment. Trust me, shaving works, I do not even use a mirror, I just take a razor to my face in the tub, just like I do my legs or underarms. Unbelieveably I have never cut myself noticeably. I may have nicked myself but it never showed. Do not put lotion on immediately as it will cause your skin to become red. I am from Canton, Ohio, and only a small amount of people know I do this, it is my secret.

Anonymous said...

it kills me that so many of you have had amazing experiences with this. i stupidly shaved my neck in college because someone pointed out peach fuzz and made me feel like crap. 14 years later, i hate myself even more for what i have to go through just to be seen in public. the skin on my neck is so painful and irritated. if i don't take care of it on a daily basis, i have very obvious black stubble on my neck. sure if i let it grow for a month, it might have that peach fuzz appearance again, but i don't have that kind of time. i have to work every day, and i can't work with a beard. i don't even let my husband touch or kiss my neck. i would give anything not to have to remove hair from my face. it is heartbreaking.

..::k.toms::.. said...

Google'd "women shave face exfoliate" and you were the 2nd one on the list!
What an awesome blog!
:)
See you tomorrow, shavin' faces.

Anonymous said...

I somehow heard about women shaving their faces for the benefits it can have.. I had very little facial hair, but figured it was worth a shot because I wanted a smoother complexion. I have been doing it for about 2 months now.. I live with my boyfriend and he still does not know, I simply do it about every other day after I take a shower in the bathroom. I use a facial cleanser to suds up my face and then i carefully do it. If anyone else tries this be careful around the eyebrow area!!- i read that somewhere else and thought it was stupid advice but its very true....
I think the most important thing is to use a good moisturizer after..
I have noticed my foundation goes on so much smoother.. although if you had very oily skin I would think that shaving it would make having makeup stay on your face a problem.

I have even told a few of my girl friends and they all looked at me like i was nuts!, but ohhhh well. :)

Just wanted to share some of my experience so far!

lauren said...

do you shave the nose too??

Vivian Guest said...

I got an electric razor a few weeks back. I Don't always manage to get in the shower everyday, so I needed some way to quickly shave in the mornIng so I could wear horts and skirts. Unwittingly I bought the wrong razor for leg shaver. It was a smaller one of more detailed stuff. So I took care of a few details I never liked: that annoying mustache, the unibrow fuzz, those darn chin hairs I keep forgetting to tweeze. I went back and got the bigger shaver for my legs. And since I never could stop once I got started I shaved my arms too! I always wanted to, but what did we always hear? "NOOO!! You can't!" I've never felt better! No really! My arms look great, my upper lip isn't fuzzy (or bright red like it would get after I waxed). Tonight I did a google search on women shaving their faces because I really wanted to know if I was alone. I started coming across this exfoliating stuff and tomorrow the jaw line fuzz is going along with the rest of my face! I'm 29, and after all Tess years since I started shaving my legs I feel liberated. No joke. I never wanted the hair and now I don't feel forced to keep just because I was told I shouldn't by people who were only repeating what they were told. Finger hair? Gone! Mustache? Outta here! Back hair? Well, that's a problem for another day. ;)

Anonymous said...

A friend of mine told me she has been shaving her face since the 1960's. She saw a Tonight show host that was interviewing some geisha women. He asked what there secret to looking so young was, and they told him that they shave their faces. She decided that she would try it and she has been doing it ever since. She uses a double razor and moisturing shave cream. She also uses Nivea at night (recommended by her Grandmother). Never uses makeup (does not need it, her skin is beautiful). Does not use soap on her face either. She is turning 71 and looks 50. I am going to try it, what can you loose...

Anonymous said...

I jus did it today. Didn't have time to get my upper lip waxed so what the heck. Put the shaving cream on that I use for my legs and used a new razor. Wow, I loved the results so much I did the peach fuzz on my cheeks and neck. My skin feels so smooth! Plus I'll never have to pay to get waxed again. I'm a believer!

Anonymous said...

Some time in my 30's I started shaving my face. I have that fine blonde peach fuzz on my face that becomes more visible when you wear foundation/face make-up. I did it as an experiment, loved the results, haven't told the world (until now), but certainly haven't kept it a secret either. I certainly decided it was the right thing for me to do no matter what the rest of the world was doing. I'm 52 now and my skin looks really pretty decent. I think it would look better if I had started moisturizing more regularly when I was younger, but it took me a long time to find a moisturizer I wasn't allergic to, and that didn't cause blemishes. Also wish I had used less soap, gotten less sun(burn), and been a water drinker. Why did I wait for age 50 to start that? And to quit eating junky food and drinking sugary beverages? I use a mans razor with disposable triple blade shaving heads that have the moisturizing aloe strip. Run water over the razor head and that is enough to keep it smoothly gliding over my face during shaving, or I splash water on my face and shave. I shave every other day and I love the feel of my face. Not being paid to say this: I use a Gillette Mach3 Turbo razor-honestly you have to be pretty darn reckless to cut yourself with one of those.

Nutsy Fagan said...

I started shaving my face a month ago and will never, ever stop. My skin looks amazing. The tone and texture are markedly improved. My skin accepts makeup 100% better - no more foundation sticking to my beard!!! My skin feels smooth as silk, my pores are smaller and my wrinkles look much smaller. It's a win/win. It takes about a minute to do MAX. I used to spend 15/20 minutes in front of a mirror plucking my chin hairs and never getting them all. Additionally, I would usually end up scratching my face as well. No more. I never, ever, ever worry about someone suddenly staring at me because I have a lone pubic hair sticking out of my chin. And your hair DOES NOT GROW BACK BLACK OR THICKER. That is just not true. Do your research before you decide, but I am absolutely a believer and will never give up my razor!!!!!

Roxy said...

I can attest to the fact that the fine facial hair that most women have will not grow back thicker or darker. A few months ago I read about women shaving their face and decided to try it. I used a standard disposable razor and my regular face wash. My skin was incredibly smooth and I actually enjoyed the process, it's kind of fun! I didn't know when to do it again and I didn't do it again for a month at least, but the hair on my face was just like it was before, not darker or thicker. This week I decided that I'm going to make this a permanent part of my beauty routine. I shaved every other day and I absolutely love the smooth, velvety feel of my skin. My makeup goes on so well and actually stays on longer. I'm 23 so only time will tell if this helps with wrinkles but regardless I'm going to continue doing this.

Anonymous said...

OK ladies I am 51 and started shaving a few months ago. I will admit I was embarassed to tell anyone until I started receiving all kinds of compliments on how nice my skin looked and what I was doing differently. I do not use a razor and creme though, I opted for a Ladies Electric Shaver that I got from QVC for about $20 some dollars - sorry but blades scare me on the face I knick my legs I would knick up my face, I just know it. If anything the hair on my face is lighter and finer than it was before I started. I'm a brunette with olive skin tones so the hair pre-shaving was getting darker as my skin tone changed with age. I seriously do it every other day after I wash my face I shave my whole face forhead and all, rinse, put my daily moisturizer on, and ladies, not to be concieted, but I look good (LOL), my face feels smoother and my makeup goes on so nicely now before it used to just lay there on that peach fuzz (we all have it) and it made the hair on my upper lip look darker. I also found I use less moisturizer now as it seems to penetrate into my face more after I shave... I told my husband and he made the funniest face, but when I said, seriously men don't seem to get wrinkles like us so I'm going to try this for a while and he said you know you are right...I just can't do it next to him, it still is not something I will blab about to just anyone, but come on girls, we all have our personal beauty secrets....

Anonymous said...

did it once...got worried about the usual... googled it.... found this page... and now i am a believer... thnx to all who posted here... you guys really helped me out... the results are awesome by the way... :-)

Anonymous said...

I saw a tv special 15 years ago about Japanese women shaving their faces. I did it off and on from time to time, especially when that peach fuzz along my jaw up to my sideburns was the worst. Wish I'd kept up with it. Just complemented a co-worker on her flawless skin and she (in her 50's) confided that she shaves her face (also has used Retina A for the past 5 years which costs about $15 a month) I started this week!! I was searching for some "technique" hints when I found this site. The improvement is noticeable even in a week.

Anonymous said...

Don't do this! It leaves your face shinny and dewy. Us southern girls don't like that. I tried this, and I do not recommend it. I don't even have oily skin...it's on the drier side. I like my face to look matte when I apply powder; not slide off! When I applied blush, it just brushed off completely and smeared to the side of my face. Plus it broke my face out in blemishes!

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't just using an exfoliant make sense? I mean get a Clarsonic or the Olay brush. It works. And if you want to remove hair, wax! There's no stubble afterwards. And don't forget the shave line you can see when you apply makeup (even if you do your upper neck. don't do this! I mean if you have a beard go on and do something, but if you have blond hairs then there's really no reason to remove your hair from your face. Guys notice these things!

Anonymous said...

I've been researching about facial fuzz removers for months. Always waxed my lip, but never thought about shaving until I had laser done for a few dark ones on lip and chin. Hair never grew back thicker or darker. After laser, I noticed more peach fuzz all over my face and it really started to bother me. I thought I was the only one with this issue til I stared asking my friends about it( all in our 30's). a couple friends said " just shave"" which I thought was crazy to do on your whole face. Finally after doing more research and seeing some you tube videos on it, I bought a few different packs of eyebrow razors and started swiping!!! It does work and I feel like my old self again. Whew.