It’s not what you think…
Just when we thought we had heard of everything comes a new beauty trend even we didn’t see coming.
Women are raiding their SO’s (that’s Significant Other, for non Gen Y-ers) bathroom stash and shaving their faces, all in the name of anti-ageing.
It turns out the practice of shaving one’s face isn’t just reserved for guys sporting stubble. It’s also a skincare trick dermatologists have been performing in their clinics for years.
If you’ve ever cried at the injustice that men get so fewer wrinkles than women as they age, you were already onto something.
Regularly shaving your face not only cuts off stubble, it also sloughs away a layer of dead skin cells, revealing new, youthful skin, which is nourished to baby soft quality thanks to shaving cream, one of the best skincare products around, as it turns out.
Elizabeth Taylor’s dermatologist is rumoured to have spilled that Taylor was a regular face-shaver
High quality shaving creams with conditioning agents actually have the effect of softening and nourishing the skin if left on for a minute or two prior to shaving, unlike cheaper solutions, which tend to contain surfactants, the ingredients that make aerosol-based creams foam, which can dry out the skin by making it more alkaline.
Esthetician Kerry Benjamin says the process of shaving the face to promote more youthful skin is effective because it mimics the procedure of dermaplaning, typically performed by dermatologists.
“Shaving your face can have somewhat similar results to a professional dermaplane procedure. Dermaplaning provides a deeper exfoliation than shaving at home, but they both remove the dead outer skin and vellus hairs,” Benjamin told byrdie.com.
And it’s something beauty icons have known about for quite some time. Elizabeth Taylor’s dermatologist is rumoured to have spilled that Taylor was a regular face-shaver, as were flawless skin idols Marilyn Monroe and Cleopatra.
So, crazy as it sounds, this is one weird beauty trend that actually has merit.
Have your say: Would you use this practice in your salon, or recommend it to your clients?