We’ve heard of some pretty bizarre beauty regimens when it comes to keeping our skin, hair, and nails looking healthy, shiny, and youthful. From pepto-bismol facials to mayonnaise hair masks, some hacks seem like they’re only advertised to make people put weird things on their body. Talk about everyone else getting a good laugh! I’m here to debunk some of these myths and to act as a guide for all things DIY, freaky and totally unbelievable.
Ever wonder why Japanese women age with the grace of a winged gazelle? It’s because they have been habitually shaving their faces for centuries.
Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor were also privy to this simple routine. Recently, there has been even more literature published about the method of shaving one’s face with a dull razor as a means of exfoliating. This would make sense, as shaving removes a layer of skin, thus revealing newer, fresh looking skin underneath. However, I also didn’t want to irritate my sensitive skin, shave half an eyebrow off, or cause my already thick mustache to come in as scruff. Let’s just say, I was a bit skeptical.
So, I decided to try it for myself and for you as well, dear reader. If we can have glowing skin for the price of a disposable razor and some shaving cream, the world will be a better place.
I’ll be honest. I didn’t just walk to the bathroom, lather up, and go for it. I did a ton of research, collected different opinions on what type of razor to use, pre and post care, to soap up or not to soap up. So many choices when it comes to dragging a sharp blade across your face.
I went with the road most traveled, the cheapest ticket, and stuck to my regular razor (a three blade Bic) and the run of the mill shaving cream (Barbasol for the win). I also had a little glass of bourbon to calm my nerves, steady my hand, and to make me feel more like a renegade cowboy getting ready for the trail.
A few little side notes here: a lot of people suggested gently dry shaving with a feather touch, pulling the razor down the hair growth pattern. I get wicked bad razor burn on my most sensitive areas, so I felt that this wouldn’t be the best option for me. Also, avoid breakout zones at all costs. Shaving over your acne will only irritate your skin and could even cause scarring – yikes!
So – here it goes.
Initially, I felt like my dad or the bearded lady slathering my face with Barbasol and shaving my cheeks and chin, but I have to admit — it was kind of fun. I put that beautiful fluffy foam all over my unwashed face from forehead to chin but avoided the areas with dark hair (eyebrows, upper lip, and sideburns). You’re probably thinking I look like Wooly Willy (that magnetic pocket toy), but I just mean I gave myself a wide girth around my hairline and other essential parts. I washed my razor off in warm water after each stroke and shaved down the hairline.
After 10 minutes, I was done with the whole deal. I rinsed my face with warm water and patted dry.
My face felt kind of tingly but not in a bad way, and much to my surprise – it looked awesome.
I seriously was glowing and smooth before I even put moisturizer on. I know I sound like a crazy person when saying this, but I didn’t even feel the need to wear foundation or powder that day because my complexion was so even. Try it, try it, try it!
After about five days, my face pretty much returned back to normal. Little peach fuzz once again took up residence on my forehead and cheeks, but was not thicker or darker (another myth). It didn’t feel as soft as usual but I believe that’s because it was in the growing out stage.
It didn’t feel like man scruff — don’t panic.
I shaved it again using the same method and everything. Same results. It’s fantastic. I can’t even (sorry, white girl moment). I’m going to add this to my routine once a week. It’s so cheap, quick, and makes me feel like a movie star. Holla.