So I Shaved My Face…

Hey Guys! Hope you’re all doing well! At first I didn’t think I’d get a blog post up this week, things have been crazy busy at work lately. However, I found a little time and I needed to share this with you guys. As you can tell by the title, today I’m going to be talking about how I shaved my face. Yes, you read that correctly. Me, a woman, shaved my face. First off let me say, I am no esthetician and this is just my experience with shaving my face. Also, I’ve only done it once (last night) so this is more of a first impression of it. So, why did I do it? What benefits does it hold? What did I use? Do you need to shave your face?

Shaving my face

At Home Dermaplaning

Shaving your face is actually a real life dermatology procedure, called Dermaplaning. Dermaplaning is when you take a surgical blade and scrap off the top layer of skin. It’s a great procedure for exfoliation, since you are removing that top layer of dead skin and peach fuzz. Both of which can clog your pores, which will lead to things like acne and texture on your skin. While you’ll get a better result if you go to a professional spa, you can dermaplan at home. Which is exactly what I did.

Why did I do it?

If I’m honest, I did it simply because I was curious. I had watched a YouTube video by Jaclyn Hill, where she talks about how she shaves her face. In the video she mentioned that doing this helped her makeup application, and that really intrigued me. I also really liked the idea of physical exfoliation. My skin does well with chemical exfoliation, but removing that top layer of built up dead skin and peach fuzz would allow everything I put on my face to penetrate deeper. I did some more research on other people’s experience and everyone seemed to say the same good things so I gave it a go.

What did I use?

When you hear someone say they are going to shave their face, your first though is they are gonna load up their face with shaving cream and use the same razor they use on their legs. That’s not the case, or at least it typically isn’t. I used Tinkle razor’s, which are just small eyebrow razors with a single delicate blade. Before you start, you want to make sure your skin is properly cleansed so that you don’t push any dirt, oil or makeup into your pores. I used my trusty Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip Cleanser as my initial cleanse, to remove my makeup. Then I went in with the Nooni Deep Water Dual Moisturizing Toner.

How To Shave Your Face

Once you’ve cleansed your face, and it is completely dry you’re ready to start shaving your face. With your facial razor at a 45 degree angle, hold your skin taut and gently glide the razor along your skin. While these razors are delicate, they are still razors. You want to make sure you are using a light hand because you can cut yourself, and get razor burn. I found that using a spotlight on the section I was working on to be the most effective, especially since I have light colored hair. I would recommend either going in a downward motion, or side to side with the razor. Once you’ve done all the area’s you want to on your face, rinse off your face to remove left over hair and dead skin. If you have sensitive skin, go in with light weight products that really sooth your face because it will be red.

Do you need to shave your face?

The short answer is no. However, if you are curious about it and you are looking for a way to have your makeup apply better or for you skincare to be more effective then I would say give it a go. My recommendation is to do your research on it, and evaluate your own skin. If you have light colored hair, and have a very sensitive face that breaks out easily maybe skip this. I knew my skin wouldn’t freak out from doing this, so I gave it a try. Whatever you do, don’t go in blindly and just start shaving away. That has danger written all over it.

Shaving my face, DIY Dermaplaning

Final Thoughts

Overall, I’m really glad I shaved my face. My skin looks naturally dewy, and my makeup applied like a dream. I feel like I have a better idea of what I need to focus on during my skincare.This may just be a placebo affect, but I felt I could see my clogged pores better.  That being said, I don’t know how often I’ll do this procedure. Probably once every two months, because I do have fairly light hair. So what do you think about shaving your face? Would you ever do it? Have you ever done it? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by, until next time…

Be Nice. Be Good.

Mich. x

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Hi! I’m Mich. I’m a 26 year old young woman trying to navigate adulthood and all the challenges it brings. On Simply Michelle you will find genuine posts about a wide range of topics from mental health & faith to makeup & baking. This is my safe place to be vulnerable and hopefully you'll feel that you can do the same. I hope you stick around!

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  1. Great post! I started shaving my face irregularly when I noticed I had a few stray hairs near my mouth. They are also super light and fair, so I rarely have to do this. I do love how my face feels after, as well as the makeup application. Thanks for sharing!

  2. This sounds so interesting, I’m a beauty therapist and I’ve heard so many good things about dermaplaning and it does have real benefits. I’d probably be a bit nervous to do it myself but I’d love to go and have it done! X

    1. i was pretty nervous since i had cut my finger just by taking off the lid of the razor but thankful i had no complications

  3. I bet your makeup applied super smooth afterwards. I’d be too scared to try this myself, as I have incredibly sensitive skin, but I’m glad it worked for you.

    Hannah |

    1. i completely understand that, if you do decide to ever do it try doing a patch test and then wait about two weeks to see if you have any type of reaction xx

  4. I’d love a follow up post on this, and its maintenance! I like the idea of it due to its exfoliation element, but I have this super paranoia that I’d grow a massive hairy beard back! 😂

    Rhianna x

    1. from the research i did the hair doesn’t grow back thicker or darker but i will let you know my experience with it once it grows back xx

  5. I’ve never thought about this before. My hair is so fair that I don’t have any noticeable hair on my face so it’d be a bit of a pointless exercise for me! But I bet your make up went on like a dream x


    1. my hair is very fair as well so i’m not sure it’s something i’ll add to my normal routine but for a special occasion it would be nice for makeup application x

  6. I’VE WANTED TO TRY THIS FOR SO LONG! My makeup does not apply well as my skin is so dry and I’ve always wondered if this would help. I’ve noticed more recently too that whenever I wear something matte especially it really emphasises the peach fuzz and that’s something I could live without but I’m so nervous to try. Interesting to see how you found it! I think I’m going to have to pick up one of those razors and do a test patch or something? Great post x


    1. thank you! i definitely do recommend doing a patch test on your jaw line so if it goes wrong it’ll be able to be hidden, let me know if you try it xx

  7. I also saw that video and immediately wanted to do it. I haven’t got around to it yet but I’m glad you’ve talked about your experience of it so I can see if it’s worth it. Could you do a post with an update so that we can hear more about your experience? That would be massively appreciated.
    Alex x

    1. i absolutely will! i’ll do one once the hair starts to grow back so i can give you the pro’s and cons! ❤️❤️

  8. I never heard of dermaplaning but this is something o want to do on my skin to eliminate the peach fuzz in an effective way. I always like it when I discover at-home spa care treatments for my skin. Thanks for this Mich!!

    Natonya |

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