Facial Hair | 13 August 2019

Shaving facial hair

Shaving can be used to remove facial hair but it offers a very short hair free period afterwards.

Some of the benefits of shaving are as follows:

  • Provides a reduction in facial hair growth for up to a few days
  • Very cost effective method of hair removal
  • Removes all types of hairs on the face
  • You can see immediate results
  • Treatment can be done at home

Downside of shaving is:

  • Results can sometimes only last 1- 2 days (sometimes hours)
  • This can irritate the skin
  • Breakouts are common if the razor used is not clean
  • Women generally don’t like the feeling of a using a razor on their face
  • Stubble can feel obvious a few hours after shaving

How does shaving work on the face?

Shaving works by gliding either a razor blade or an electric razor over the skin, as it passes over the skin blades cut the excess hair away leaving skin super smooth. When using a razor blade the skin is first dampened with warm water and a gel, cream or shaving oil is applied to allow the razor to move freely over the skin without causing any cuts or abrasions. When the entire area is shaved the remaining shaving product and excess hair is washed away and an after shave balm applied to the skin in order to keep the skin from drying out. When using an electrical razor it is not necessary to use any products while shaving however hydrating the area after shaving is always recommended.

Is shaving safe a way to remove hair from the face?

Shaving is a safe way to remove hair from the face but you will need to take time and be very careful especially when shaving this very sensitive area. Shaving is probably one of the oldest methods of hair removal and is still one of the most common ways people use to remove excess hair. If you are using a razor blade on the facial area it is best to use a blade with a small rotating head and one that contains a moisture strip to minimise the exfoliating effects that shaving has on the sensitive skin on your face.

Top Tips for shaving your face

  • Lightly exfoliate your face before shaving, this will remove any dead skin cells and prevent ingrown hairs
  • When gliding the razor over your skin use a light to medium pressure, don’t press too hard against the skin.
  • Take your time, don’t rush, move slowly over the skin and allow the razor to do all the work, avoid going over the skin a number of times in the same area as this will cause skin to become irritated.
  • Don’t skimp on your razor, a cheap and cheerful razor it not something you want to be using on your face, invest in a good one and look after your blades, your skin will thank you for it.
  • If your blade is blunt, bin it, don’t use the same blade any more than 3-4 times especially on your face, if the blade is blunt it means that you will have to go over the same area a few times to get rid of the hair this will leave your skin feeling raw underneath.
  • Clean, disinfect and dry blades after each use, rinse hairs off completely, pour some liquid disinfectant on a cotton pad and wipe blade and dry thoroughly after use, replace the protective cap and store in a dry place.
  • If your hair is long it’s best to trim slightly first this will avoid the razor getting clogged with the excess hair and will also allow for a closer shave.

How often will I need to shave my face?

If this is your only method of hair removal it could be a lot.  Results from shaving are extremely short term,  this is because only the top section of the hair is removed after shaving and the root of the hair is still be attached to the follicle and will continue to grow as normal. Most people will generally see hair growing again in the matter of days or hours.

You may have heard some people say that shaving makes you hair thicker however this is not the case. When your hair grows out of the follicle it naturally forms a soft tapered tip, when the hair has been shaved the razor blade will cut the hair midway down the shaft and this will remove this soft tip and make the hair feel thicker. Removing hair in this way will not reduce the amount or density of hair that you have over time.  Laser hair removal is the best alternative if you are looking for a long term solution for facial hair. Shaving however is one of only two methods of hair removal recommended while having laser hair removal on the facial area, this is because the hair follicle remains intact under the skin allowing laser treatment to be effective.

At the start of your course of laser treatment you may need to shave the area 2-3 times in a 4 week period. After each laser session your hairs will become lighter and finer and eventually you will find you will only need to shave once in a 4 week period. We would recommend a full course of treatments for the face and your sessions will be spaced approx 4 weeks apart at the start until eventually you will go onto maintenance sessions where you may only need 2-3 in a 12 month period (this varies from person to person). This beats having to shave your face daily and will make you feel less conscious of this issue over time.

With such a sort hair free period  it is common for people who are shaving to become very despondent with this hair removal method, it seems like you have only removed the hair suddenly for it to grow back again. Although you do have to shave the hair before each laser hair removal treatment you will notice a dramatic reduction in your hair growth and your skin will look and feel smoother with each session that you have.  If you are tired of shaving daily and are interested in finding out more about laser hair removal please contact our clinic today, consultations are completely free of charge, talk to our friendly team today.