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Should You Shave Your Face?

You rinse your hair with apple-cider vinegar and swear by breast-milk facials: You’re hip to beauty trends.

So imagine your surprise at reading the recent New York Times piece on female face shaving. Yes, it appears that some gals are taking a cue from the guys and taking their razors to their faces. 

Should you try it? Maybe. Here’s what you need to know: 

It isn’t new It’s been in the spotlight recently thanks to The Times, but women (including Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe) have been shaving their faces for years.

It’s a great exfoliator In addition to removing unwanted and unsightly hair, shaving gets rid of dead skin cells, which can contribute to clogged pores and a dull complexion. It also makes for a much smoother canvas for makeup application.

There are a few ways to do it Some women swear by a men’s razor and shaving cream or gel (never soap), while others advocate dry shaving with a facial razor like the unfortunately named Tinkle Eyebrow Shaper or Kai’s Touch N Brow. Either way, most women shave about once a week.

You won’t grow a beard Contrary to what your grandmother told you, shaving doesn’t make hair grow back darker or thicker, since you aren’t changing the structure of the follicle. So no, you won’t look like Zach Galifianakis.

It’s not for everyone If you have ultra-sensitive skin or are on acne medication, step away from the razor, which could cause painful irritation. Even if your skin type is normal, be sure to hydrate with a moisturizing serum (we like Kate Somerville’s) immediately after shaving.

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