Here’s What Happens When You Shave Your Face and You’re a Woman


I shave.

My face.

You read that right–I’m a woman, but I still shave my face.

All my life I was always told don’t shave your arms because the hair will come back thinker or women don’t shave their faces because then they will grow whiskers.  Lies.

I started shaving my face about a year ago. I would like to say that I had read an article or information on shaving before I went through with it but I didn’t. I remember thinking this is either going to be the best decision or worst decision I have ever made. Turns out it is the best.

I have always waxed my lip but I still had a lot of these fine hairs that didn’t sit right on my face. Sometimes when I was putting my makeup on it would look strange in the light. I take my picture a lot because I run a fashion blog, and I was noticing it in pictures. The idea struck me and I was like well what is the worst thing that can happen? Well I’ll tell you. . .

Unintended Consequences

Not only did shaving help my makeup to lay better but I feel like I noticed a difference in the way my contour looked too. Also, it is a great exfoliator and I began to notice my pores looking smaller. The more I have kept up with it the finer the new growth has become–the exact opposite of everything I had been told.

Best Practices

I always begin with washing my face.  I apply a light weight moisturizer and then shave. I use a sharp, new razor every time I shave.  DO NOT USE THE RAZOR YOU USE ON YOUR LEGS. You want the blade as sharp as possible to avoid catching on your skin and giving you a cut. I shave my upper lip, chin, cheeks and a small amount of my neck. When I am finished I wipe my face with a hot washcloth and then apply the light weight moisturizer again.

To date, I have never cut myself doing it this way and I continue to see a different in the texture of my skin, pore size and the lightness of the hair. I generally only have to shave about every week and a half.

Overall I think it has been great for my skin and will continue to do it. Have you done it? What were your results?

About the Author

Real Housewife of Mandeville. Queen to his King. Mom of boys. Organizing guru. Fashion aficionado. Social butterfly. Lover of glitter and all things pink.