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Each and every year there are several new beauty trends that come to light. But as the experts in hair removal, there is one beauty trend which makes us shudder every time we hear about it – facial shaving.

There has been no end of beauty bloggers that have come out saying they shave their faces to provide a smoother surface when applying make-up. Sure this is one benefit of this beauty ritual, however there are some consequences to regularly shaving your face that you need to be aware of.

Razor burn/dry shaving irritation

Razor burn occurs when the skin is displaced and the hair follicle is twisted and pulled by the scraping action of the razor blade. The skin on your face is particularly delicate and sensitive, making it more susceptible to razor burn. Razor burn can lead to redness, swelling, stinging and razor bumps. Razor bumps are small lumps, and sometimes patches, that appear on shaved skin. These bumps occur when the hair that has been shaved grows back under the skin, and trust us ladies, they aren’t cute.

Folliculitis/In grown hairs

The number one cause of folliculitis is shaving. The skin on your face is particularly prone to folliculitis due to its sensitivity. Folliculitis occurs when shaved hair re-grows out of the follicle and curls back around under the skin, causing inflammation, irritation and infection.

Time

Whilst shaving may seem quicker, easier and more manageable, it needs to be carried out every second day (depending on how quickly your hair grows). Shaving leaves the end of the hair blunt and may result in a 5 o’clock shadow.

So how do I get a smooth face without shaving?

Waxing or threading your face will remove hair for 4 – 6 weeks depending on how quickly your hair grows back. When the hair does grow back it will have a naturally tapered end which means there will be no stubble!

Another, more permanent option is laser hair removal. After several sessions, you should see the hair disappear completely!

If you would like to discuss the best hair removal option for your skin with one of our experienced therapists, you can contact your nearest salon here or alternatively you can book online.

This blog was contributed by the experts at our Carlton salon. If you would like to speak with the experts at our Carlton salon you can book online or phone (03) 9388 1110. 

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