Seriously: Taking a Razor to Your Face Will Give You Skin Like an Infant

Updated 04/28/17
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We've been known to borrow a few beauty secrets from the boys. And the latest skincare trick we stole is face shaving. While we regularly exfoliate with acid serums, microbeads, and vitamin C scrubs, we have recently turned to dermaplaning (a gentle form of shaving), as it reveals softer, smoother skin in just minutes.

To get the skinny on the trend, we reached out to Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, MD, clinical attending at Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine and dermatologist at Marmur, for her expert advice on the matter. According to Levin, dermaplaning removes flaky skin and vellus hairs (aka peach fuzz), which in turn reveals a smoother complexion. And while that sounds well and good, we have to admit we were a little nervous to try it ourselves for fear of our hair growing back coarser. While Levin says your hair may feel different due to a blunted edge from the razor, she adds that "shaving has absolutely NO effect on the rate of regrowth, color of hair, or thickness of the hair."

So there you have it. Face shaving is an effective way to exfoliate your skin. For step-by-step instructions on how to properly dermaplane, watch the video tutorial below.

1. Cleanse your skin: Gently wash your face with a soothing cleanser, like Sunday Riley's Ceramic Slip Clay Cleanser ($45), that both purifies the skin and tightens pores.

2. Dry your face: After cleansing, use a clean hand towel to dry off your face.

3. Shave downward: Starting near the top of your cheekbone, use a dermaplaning razor, like Stacked Skincare's Dermaplaning Tool ($75), and lightly shave your face in a downward motion.

4. Repeat: Repeat this motion along the rest of your facial contours: below your cheekbones, on the sides of your forehead, and on your chin. Make sure to shave all contours.

5. Apply serum: Once done shaving, apply a hydrating serum to your skin. We like Mario Badescu's Herbal Hydrating Serum ($30).

Credits:

Director: Clarence Fuller

Model: Caroline at Global Talent Systems

Producer: Adam Hammer

Videography: Eric Foster

Editor: Kathria Tizon

Makeup: Afton Williams

Styling: Morgan Bogle

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