So How Does Shaving Improve The Skin?
The skin is divided into three layers, the epidermis or top layer of dead skin cells, the dermis or middle layer, called the true skin where vital functioning of the skin’s physiology occurs and the sub-cutaneous bottom layer or the plush fatty layer.
The dermis is where new skin cells are made. As they mature they travel upward toward the epidermis, gradually aging and then dying as they come to the top and join the tightly compacted layers of dead skin cells called stratum corneum. These dead skin cells are important to the integrity to the skin, keeping out bacteria and infection. However, when this layer accumulates, as it does in aging skin, it gives the skin a grayish or yellowish cast as well as a parched, dehydrated look. Not only that, it just isn’t a healthy barrier anymore. It can’t draw moisture to itself and getting thicker and drier,
gives the appearance of lines and wrinkles, large pores and blackheads. Physically removing the top layers of dead skin cells gives the skin a brighter, healthier appearance. And it stimulates the production of new cells in the dermis.
Healthy, young skin gets rid of its top layers of skin naturally every 21 to 28 days. This cycle begins to slow down with each decade. New skin cells die sooner than they should, are often born misshapen or diseased and march in a disorderly fashion, unlike the fit soldiers of young skin. Chemical exfoliation with the use of alpha hydroxy acids, retinol or tretenoin as well as other naturally exfoliating ingredients causes a loosening of the cement that holds these dead cells together so they can dislodge and fall off. But oftentimes, chemical exfoliation needs a hand to assist in that removal process.
Physical exfoliation is the manual removal of the now fluffy dead cell layers. Physical exfoliation comes in many sizes and shapes. There’s scrubs, buffing pads, washcloths (I prefer my French Facial Cleansing Cloths), waxing microdermabrasion and dermaplaning, the last three of which estheticians perform. But you can also efficiently remove dead skin cells by shaving your face.
This is not new idea. Shaving the skin dates back before Cleopatra to the Sumerians! In Egyptian burials tombs were found strigyls, a sharp knife like instrument for removing hair. Shaving has been a beauty secret in Asia for centuries.
No, it doesn’t make the hair grow in thicker or darker. You simply do not have the right endocrine system for that to happen. Sometimes the hair growing in may feel more prickly. That is because the tip is now cut and not pointed as in a natural hair.
From my standpoint though, shaving, or Dry Exfoliation and Wet Exfoliation as I call my methods are not about the hair. The hair is merely a victim of this process. It is all about the skin, keeping it turning over at a quickened pace so that it looks and feels firmer, smoother, rejuvenated and vibrant!