(HealthyAccess)- When shaving comes to mind, the association is usually that men shave their faces while women shave their underarms, legs, and bikini areas. While individual preferences may differ, it’s most common to associate shaving the face with men rather than women.
However, men aren’t the only ones who regularly shave their faces. Many women opt to shave theirs, too. While it’s not as common–or, at least, not as commonly discussed–women often shave, wax, or use hair removal treatments to remove unwanted facial hair.
Experts have uncovered a few benefits that women who shave their faces enjoy. Here are three key reasons many women have opted to begin removing facial hair.
Shaving the face can help women remove dead skin cells and ready the face for cosmetics.
A quick shave can get rid of dead skin cells and oil, in addition to any unwanted hair. Shaving helps provide a clean canvas for applying sunscreen, moisturizer, or makeup products. The practice acts almost as a mild skin resurfacing treatment.
Shaving the face can help address discomfort and self-esteem issues that may accompany unwanted facial hair.
Many women strongly object to having visible facial hair, particularly if failing to shave leaves a five o’clock shadow, mustache, or other indication of undesired hair. Shaving away any hair that causes discomfort is a simple self-esteem boost.
Shaving the face can help the skin look and feel more youthful.
Many women who opt to shave their faces report that it helps them feel more youthful and can even help with better absorption of moisturizer and serum. While that may sound like the placebo effect, some experts believe that shaving the face can act as an anti-aging regimen similar to microdermabrasion.
Facial shaving has potential side effects.
While there are many benefits of facial shaving, there are some drawbacks to consider. Razor burn, ingrown hairs, and dry skin can all result from shaving. Consider the risks and potential discomfort that beginning this new shaving regimen could cause.
It’s also important to mention that excess facial hair in women could be indicative of certain medical conditions like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), Cushing’s Syndrome, menopause, and Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (CAH). Talk to a physician if facial hair growth seems excessive or uncomfortable to make sure that an underlying health reason isn’t the culprit.
Whether women choose to shave their faces or opt out, the most important consideration is how each individual feels about themselves. Experts may have found a few benefits in favor of shaving, but healthy self-esteem is more important than the choice to grab a razor.
~Here’s to a Happier, Healthier Life!
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