No, that's not what you're probably thinking that I'm holding in the featured image for this post, it's a facial hair remover. I'll talk about that product more specifically later on.
Now, if you're a male reading this post, chances are you have removed unwanted facial hair at some point in your life, but if you're a female maybe you haven't. Although the idea of shaving "ain't no thang" for men, it's a lesser-discussed topic amongst women. I'm not sure when or why society deemed it "weird" or "embarrassing" or "inappropriate" for females to discuss shaving their faces, but it's definitely not as commonplace for us gals.
Fact: both males and females have hair on their faces. Maybe it's just a little blonde peach fuzz that's barely visible, or maybe the hairs are more dark and coarse but, the h.a.i.r. is t.h.e.r.e. If you are confident enough to rock your facial hair and it doesn't hinder your life in any way, you are one badass and I applaud you. For me on the other hand, I don't prefer my facial hair, so I remove it. Is shaving your face right for you? Take a look at my list of pros and cons to help you decide:
Smoother makeup application. Maybe you feel like you're doing everything right when applying your foundation, but you still end up with some cakey-ness or patchiness on your face post-application, especially around your mouth and upper jawline. If you were to look very closely, you'd probably be able to see a lot of product stuck in the hairs on your face (especially if the hair is super fine/downy), preventing your foundation from looking smooth. Removing this facial hair can help reduce that texture by allowing you to lay the product down directly onto your skin.
More effective skincare. Removing facial hair can help skincare products more easily penetrate into the skin, which could help you see better results from them. If you use serums, this is especially important as serums are typically thin in consistency and designed to absorb extra-quickly into the skin.
Exfoliation. The friction on the skin that occurs when you shave your face can help remove dry/dead skin cells from the surface of your skin. Facial hair removal shouldn't replace any other forms of exfoliation you're using because of how light of a hand is required, but it can help prep your skin for deeper exfoliation methods.
Confidence. Again, I am not saying that females should not have facial hair and that having it is wrong in any way. For me personally, shaving my face is a confidence booster. I definitely have chin whiskers when I don't shave, and being Asian, my body hair is super dark, so it was always a cause of anxiety for me.
Easy to do at home. Other hair removal methods like waxing, are something I don't want to have to pay for at a salon, and that I don't trust myself enough to do at home. Shaving is relatively easy and doesn't require visits to a specialist.
Breakouts. When the hair on your face starts growing back after you shave it, it may cause breakouts. If you have sensitive skin or are prone to ingrown hairs, shaving your face may not be right for you. I have fairly sensitive skin with acne and do find that I occasionally get a couple more pimples (usually small whiteheads that disappear quickly and are treated easily) within a day or so after shaving.
Maintenance. After you shave your face, your hair starts growing back right away. Seriously - within 24 hours of shaving, you'll be able to feel stubble, and within 2 days (could be more or less time depending on your rate of hair growth), you'll be able to see the hairs poking out. The name of the game is to figure out how long you can go in between shaving sessions so that a) you don't irritate your skin too much and b) the hair isn't too noticeable for your liking. I touch-up my face 1-2 times a week, depending on how lazy I'm feeling.
The idea that shaving your face (or any part of your body, really) will cause the hairs to grow back thicker and cause even more hairs to sprout, is a MYTH.
I promise, shaving your face will not leave you with more hair than when you started. That being said, when you shave your face and the hair grows back, it can appear a bit more blunt because the ends of each strand of hair are cut straight across when you shave them off. Your natural hair strands are tapered at the ends, which can make them look less intrusive. If you shave your face and then let the hair grow back, the ends of the hair will become tapered again, it just takes some time.
Facial Hair Removal Tools
I don't recommend running to your bathroom, finding the razor you use to shave your legs and going to town on it. Could you? Most definitely. But I prefer to use something made specifically for my face, as the skin is much more sensitive there than on say, my legs. Here are a couple tools I've used and would recommend:
Touch Up Razors by Ulta, $8 (3-pck): These are great if you want to try shaving your face but don't want to spend a lot. The blades on the razors are pretty small though, so that initial shave can take a while. If you try these, the technique is key. You want to use short, quick motions in one direction to remove the hair. In my experience, going both against the grain and with the grain of my hair has worked. Some resources out there will steer you towards one or the other, but I've come to think it's just personal preference.
Flawless by Finishing Touch $19.99: This is my favorite tool for facial hair remover, and what I'm holding in the image for this post. It is super quick, painless, and virtually eliminates the possibility of nicking yourself. This tool uses spinning technology to remove unwanted hair and is easy to clean and care for. It's also small in size, so it's a little more discreet.