The Dos and Don’ts of Face Shaving

Shaving your face is a personal choice, regardless of gender. While our society views face shaving as a male-only activity, it turns out that many women have been shaving their faces all along and not talking about it.

Enter eyebrow razors. These sharp, tiny razors have opened up the conversation about shaving upper lips, peach fuzz, chin hairs, and of course eyebrow hairs! They’re also used to exfoliate dead skin for a softer skin texture and more even makeup application, and they’re really good at it.

Some women still choose a traditional razor, and that’s great, too. The entire point of shaving is to feel your best, so whatever works for you is the way you should go. That. being said, if you want to delve into the world of face shaving, here are some dos and don’ts.

Do use a sharp, clean blade
Small razors, often called eyebrow razors or facial razors, stay sharp for a while. You’ll notice when the blade starts to dull, whether because the hair isn’t being easily swiped away, or you’re experiencing razor burn and discomfort.

If you’re not sure when to replace your small razor, consider how often you’re shaving. If you shave daily, you will need to replace your razor every one to two weeks. If you shave every other day, try replacing your razor every two to three weeks. Only shaving weekly? Four to six weeks should work for you.

Regardless of how long it’s been, if you’re not getting the shave you want, try a new razor. Facial razors are typically inexpensive and come in multi-packs, so it should feel easy to toss the old razor and grab a new one.

Don’t shave if your skin is irritated
This goes for any area of your body! If your skin is irritated for any reason, let it calm down and heal up before subjecting it to a shave.

Irritation can happen for a huge variety of reasons, like hormones, external irritants, food allergies, and chronic conditions like rosacea. Shaving itself can be an irritant for sensitive skin types, so continuing your shaving regimen on already irritated skin can worsen it and leave you feeling very uncomfortable.

Instead of shaving irritated skin, wrap it in calming skin care products and give it a day or two to rest and heal. The good news is that no one is as concerned with your facial or body hair as you are, so go forth feeling confident and leave the shaving for later.

Do moisturize after shaving
Facial razors do an amazing job of exfoliating the skin while removing hair and peach fuzz, which makes your skin beautifully prepped to soak up your daily skin care moisturizer.

Not only that, but even non-sensitive skin may feel a little vulnerable after shaving, giving you even more reason to calm and comfort it with nutrients and moisture!

If your skin leans toward sensitive, choose something with lots of calming ingredients, like Real Barrier Extreme Cream with its Three-Calming Complex. Extreme Cream will also deeply moisturize skin and restore the skin’s lipid layer with MLE.

If your skin isn’t usually sensitive, pretty much any daily moisturizer will be great, but we recommend ATOPALM MLE Cream, which will moisturize with botanical oils and Ceramide-9S, reinforce the skin’s natural barrier, and protect with antioxidants.

Don’t shave dry, unprotected skin
Shaving without a shaving gel or cream can lead to nicks, razor burn, and unsightly bumps.

While it may be tempting to shave dry skin, do yourself a favor and use a very light layer of shaving product to help protect skin. You don’t need much product to keep skin happy and still get all the great benefits of facial shaving, like smoother and softer skin.

Do whatever feels best
You don’t owe anyone hair-free skin. You don’t even owe it to yourself! Any body modification—including shaving—should be done because you want it, not because it’s what’s expected of you.

If you enjoy the results of facial shaving, have at it! If you find that it doesn’t serve you anymore, ditch the tiny blades without a second thought.

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