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Face shaving for women – expert explains advantages

Many women regularly reach for the blade to shave their face as well as their armpits and legs. The goal of the beauty trend “dermaplaning,” which originally spilled over from Japan to us: silky soft skin and a radiant complexion. What does a dermatologist think? Tikbow asked.

What is dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is similar to the treatment at the barber’s, which is popular with men: After warm hands are placed on the face to relax, the obligatory foam brush is used. This is used to distribute a thin care lotion evenly over individual areas, which are then worked on step by step with the blade – that is, shaved –. Finally, a care lotion is lightly massaged into the face and neck area. Women and girls all over the world have long been putting their own hands and razors to work, and instructions are available in the form of video tutorials on YouTube. Particularly skilled women dare to use a real razor, but it is also common to use a simple lady shave.

What is the benefit of shaving the face?

Dermaplaning promises a finer-pored complexion by removing dead skin cells that stupefy the skin’s appearance. After the procedure, makeup is said to be more evenly applied. For the best result, it is recommended to shave the skin once every four to six weeks.

»Dermaplaning equals peeling

Tikbow asked Dr. med Timm Golüke, specialist für dermatology from München, for how meaningful he as an expert "Dermaplaning" hält "What is called here face shaving or Dermaplaning, is ultimately a form of Peeling", so the dermatologist. That is, the top layer of horny skin is removed and regenerates after about four weeks, then is replaced by new, fresh skin. Another advantage: thanks to the pre-treatment of the pores, the active ingredients in the subsequently used care products can work better. According to Golüke, shaving not only makes sense before applying make-up, but above all before applying lotion.

Dermaplaning not suitable for everyone

Sensitive or diseased skin (e.g. rosacea, neurodermatitis or acne) should not be treated with a razor. The method is also unsuitable if women have strong hair growth or a firmer hair structure for hormonal reasons. For these women, Dr. Golüke recommends using a peeling glove.

Basically, it is important to be able to handle the razor well and to pay attention to hygiene. If cuts do occur, they could become infected due to unclean work. Women’s facial skin is generally more delicate than men’s, which makes unwanted irritation more likely. Our conclusion: women can do it, but they don’t have to. Peeling does the trick, and the risk of injury is definitely lower.