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Ever heard of facial razors?
They’ve always been a part of my bathroom for as long as I can remember, and I’ve seen my mom use them time and time again throughout my childhood. Naturally, I’ve come to familiarize myself with them too, almost unable to imagine the cup that holds all my beauty tools on my bathroom shelf without one. I assumed most people knew about them, but turns out, facial razors made somewhat of a debut into the American beauty scene in the past couple of years.
So what are they?
They’re exactly what they’re called, a razor for your face, but not the kind we often see men use to shave. This miniature razor has a single flat blade, with a long and usually pastel-colored handle. They’re really quite cute and easy to use. The blade is also not sharp to the touch. However, they do a fantastic job of getting rid of the pesky peach fuzz that grows a bit too long around the upper lip area and jawline. It’s best used when your skin is moist because the razor practically glides on your skin and doesn’t leave it irritated. Shaving in the shower seems like the optimal place to shave, when your face is steamed and your pores are loosened up and once you’re done shaving, your skin will feel like silk, especially if you’re new to this experience. Top it off with some moisturizer, and your skin will have never felt smoother.
This kind of facial shaving actually first started in Japan, but not solely for hair removal. While these razors do get rid of those stubborn hairs, it also exfoliates the skin as you trim, collecting the dead skin and dirt that your cleanser might have missed. In addition, getting rid of fine hairs and this layer of dirt, is also believed to help your skin absorb the products that you apply afterwards. This trend eventually found its way to neighboring countries like South Korea and China, becoming a staple beauty tool for super fresh and polished skin.
This new beauty trend is now commonly and professionally referred to as dermaplaning, with its followers claiming that it even brightened and evened out their skin tone and texture. One lifesaving way these mini razors can be used is on the brows to tame them on days when they’ve grown too unruly and out of shape. Facial shaving is an effortless and painless process unlike threading and waxing, in addition to being affordable and done at home. It’s a one-time purchase, and you often see three facial razors packaged into one bag! Nowadays, I never fail to see these facial razors at Asian beauty stores, and have spotted them in the beauty aisles of ordinary conveniences stores as well.
Have you tried facial razors before?