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en have been shaving their faces
since Egyptian times, and although
men occasionally prefer the look
of beards, many men say a shaved
face feels more comfortable. Could
women possibly take a hint from
this typically “male” beauty habit?
If you haven’t noticed, men rarely have advanced
signs of aging in the areas they shave. It begs the
question, “Could men show signs of aging more slowly
from their daily shaving habit?” Science has yet to
prove this one way or the other, but some key factors
seem to point in that direction.
What we know is that shaving is a terrific way to
exfoliate. Daily exfoliation helps lift away dead skin
to reveal brighter, younger skin while stimulating the
skin’s natural renewal process. This creates a younger
looking complexion. Without proper exfoliation, the
active ingredients in beauty products have less chance
of penetrating the skin and being absorbed well due
to dead skin cell build-up. So why are women not
using this age-reversing, skin brightening, exfoliation
technique and reaping the rewards of shaving?
A MAJOR MISCONCEPTION
One reason it is considered to be a faux paus
to bring up the concept of shaving a woman’s
face is largely due to a major misconception
that their facial hair will grow back thicker.
Unfortunately, this misconception is
Women’s facial hair is called “vellus hair.”
It grows back just as soft and fine as it
originally was prior to shaving. Men,
however, have what is called “barbarous
hair.” It is naturally coarse and thicker
in texture and grows back quickly—
think 5 o’ clock shadow. Women don’t
experience this, but men do.
Besides, hair is created from inside
the hair follicle not from anything
done to the surface of the skin.
Women may be concerned with
hair changes due to hormonal
fluctuations when they see a few
darker and coarse hairs pop up
here or there, but it is not in
BY JACLYN PERESETSKY,
SKIN PERFECT WELLNESS SPA