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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Japanese facial shaving

      Yes, you read that correctly. I’m talking about taking a razor to your face. I’ve been intrigued by this subject ever since I read “Geisha: A life” by Mineko Iwasaki. In her autobiography, she describes female facial shaving as a very common practice in Japan. She even describes that she had her face shaven for the first time by her father at age one & has been shaving it once a month ever since. Japanese women are known for their eccentric approach to beauty. In my opinion, they are some of the most beautiful women in the world. So I did my research online and contrary to popular belief your hair does not grow in thicker. Shaving your face is a great way of exfoliating and it provides a clean slate for your make up. I don’t have a lot of hair on my face but I do have some areas of dry flaky skin. I also ended up consulting a popular beauty site and caused a little bit of an uproar. There were a lot of shocked women on there that were completely against the idea. They deemed shaving as overly masculine. It’s just silly, as women we shave a much larger surface area than men. We shave our legs, underarms, sometimes bikini area. So it’s ridiculous to say that shaving is solely an activity for males.

      I ended picking up some Ardell brow razors and I applied baby oil to my face & went at it. Shaving in a downward motion. Instantly my skin did feel softer. In the shower, I ended up exfoliating with my previously mentioned organic honey sugar scrub. Then after my shower I applied the sugar scrub all over my face & let it set for 15mins. My skin feels phenomenal. I did my full face of make up and my foundation went on smoothly. My skin looks radiant :) I’m very happy with my results and will continue shaving my face once a month.

12 comments:

  1. hmmmm, very interesting. I can see how that would be an excellent way to exfoliate... do keep us posted on how the hair grows back. I have some very fine, blonde peach fuzz that interferes with attaining a smooth foundation application and have always wanted it gone.

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  2. @nina yeah I def will update so far no hair has grown back. My foundation looks flawless.. it almost looks poreless :) I can't explain it any better. I know i'm not supposed to touch my face but I can't help it it's sooo smooth

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  3. I love to have a hair-free face too, so I thread, which lasts longer. I don't think I'd shave just because I do think it'll grow in thicker, but correct me if I am wrong!

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  4. wow very interesting, thanks for sharing. I never knew any of those.

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  5. i tried shaving underneath my brows with these because I get so tired of plucking them! my skin was so sensitive for the longest time. I guess I'll try baby oil next time!

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  6. Interesting. Did the beauty site happen to be MUA? I remember a recent thread on this, which became very popular on the boards, lol. I think I'd be a little scared to try it for fear of the hair growing back faster/thicker.

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  7. @ashwini omg if i could survive threading without crying my eyes out i would sooo do it! :( i'm weak

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    @kaitlyn I can't really master shaving under neath my brows the skin is too mushy under there

    @D's beauty corner LOL i just didn't wanna violate the #1 rule :) &&& I'll do a follow up post on the growth process

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  9. The problem is that when you shave, you remove the tip of the hair which is the thinnest part of the hair. The rest of the hair (under the tip) is thick - this is the part that grows back! So the stubble will be quite thick which is why I would never do it. Please let us know how it goes though! x

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  11. very interesting! just a minute ago i've read a post about shaving the face, went to google and found your post.wow..that's really amazing.i never try to shave my face even my moustache area lol~ i'm kinda hairy there.is it okay for me to shave it too? so worried it might look like a guy's moustache or something.i dunno.can you share ideas?thanks!

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