The backs of my upper legs, a little outside the armpit area, and on my face. The first two have been easy to take care of. A quick swipe of my razor and they’re gone. But the facial hair has been a little harder to deal with. I’ve done some upper lip waxing. Some tweezing of the stray hair or two that keep showing up on my chin.
But I’m afraid that I’m going to lose my facial hair battle by fighting it piecemeal so I’m considering shaving.
Yep, I really said that. SHAVING. Shaving parts of my face scares the hell out of me. Doesn’t the skin grow make the hair grow back coarser? And more quickly? Am I that manly?
Dermatologists are saying that the whole coarser, darker hair thing is just not true. And beauty experts are extoling the exfoliating benefits of shaving, saying that it makes the skin softer and more receptive to all of those products we put on our faces.
There’s even a special razor, marketed towards women who shave face: the Tinkle. The Tinkle is disposable, inexpensive and can be used multiple times. Packaged as an eyebrow razor, the Tinkle is supposed to do a great job getting rid of the the fine, and not so fine, hair on your forehead, chin, upper lip and anywhere else hair is growing where you don’t want it to be.
And if you’re embarrassed to tell your friends and family why your face looks so smooth and glowy, just tell them that you’ve been “dermaplaning.” It sounds much prettier, and fancier, than saying, “I shaved my face.”
This weekend, you might find me standing above the bathroom sink, lathering up with my 18 year-old son’s Barbasol and doing a little facial dermaplaning of my own. If I get the nerve.
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