“Shaving is the name of the Anti-Aging Game.”

In 1986 I began using some new anti-aging ingredients on my face, Retin A™ and Alpha Hydroxy Acids.   Both of these ingredients rendered the top epidermis thinner, which though giving a lustrous  finish to the complexion, also makes it quite fragile.  Waxing my upper lip was now out of the question.

Exploring my options opened up a new concept in treating skin and blazed a trail for my business success.  The most important salon in Scottsdale had hung a sign in their window saying they refused facial treatments to those women using Retin-A™.

Clearly, estheticians everywhere were spooked by what these new ingredients were doing to the skin. They were stuck in the past with facial protocol now unsuitable for the changing face of clients. These new products called cosmeceuticals called for new theories and  having experimented on myself for two years I knew exactly what that skin needed.

Not only would waxing have to go but so would abrasive scrubs. Yet the skin’s primary need is for regular healthy exfoliation. How better than to shave the top layers of skin off and rid the face of hair at the same time?

You see, one thing I noticed with shaving my upper lip was the lines were decreasing.  That visual made me go bold and start shaving my entire face.  Within two years I was shaving all of my clients and teaching them to do so at home.

There are many ways to shave the face for beauty, exfoliation and hair removal. You can shave while your skin is dry so you can actually see the skin coming off.  I do this about once a month.  However, I’ve been shaving every morning for several years now and see a splendid difference in the quality of my complexion as well as the superior penetration of products.

Is shaving right for your complexion? You’re good to go unless your skin is actively broken out.  I would also exclude yourself if you have Polycystic Ovary Syndrome or PCOS.

You may notice the hair feeling more prickly if you let it grow a bit between shaving.  This is because the tip of the hair is cut instead of pointed, as it normally grows.  No, shaving doesn’t cause beard growth.  You simply don’t have the right equipment for that.

My strong suggestion is to take your time getting used to shaving.  Never do it in a hurry.  Buy razors that do not pivot, you want the razor to be firm in your hand for the traction to remove skin cells.  Wet or dry?  That’s a personal preference.  I do both and like both.  The main thing to remember is that shaving the face is about the skin, not about the hair.  The hair is just a victim of this fabulously inexpensive anti-aging procedure!