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Try the Trend: Facial Shaving

We know that idols like Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe were into shaving their faces. And now, contrary to popular opinion, modern women remove hair here, too.

Whether a women seeks professional help or picks up the shaver herself, she is following the example of men everywhere and the beauty icons of days gone by. But the shaving method has been updated nowadays to dermaplaning, a fancy name for running a sharp blade over your face.

Dr. Elizabeth Hale, a dermatologist at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of New York, explained the decades-old procedure to The Cut. "Dermaplaning is just a very simple physical or mechanical method of exfoliation, which helps to remove dead skin cells and give your face a brighter complexion," said Dr. Elizabeth. "And since it removes some vellus hairs [the baby-fine hairs on your face], it can make the skin feel smoother. But I think it also taps into this whole new field in dermatology which is all about increasing efficacy and penetration of topical ingredients."

Doctors and aestheticians have historically performed dermaplaning with a surgical No. 10 blade, which is about an inch long and curves to a sharp point. Many offices still use this kind of blade, but the sharp tip can be dangerous. Instead, skincare brand Skinceuticals offers a disposable blade, which looks more like a butter knife. A practitioner holds the knife at a 45-degree angle to your face (which should be dry), then scrapes in small, quick downward swipes over the parts needing exfoliation.

Though professional dermaplaning is popular, many women opt for the DIY version, too.

Reality TV star-turned-beauty vlogger, Michelle Money, offered some important tips and a tutorial of her own. Hair removal can be mastered with an at-home method without having your peach fuzz grow back. And Money believes in using a facial or eyebrow razor without shaving cream like from Shiseido or Tinkle.

Start with a fresh, just-washed face, unless you have dry or sensitive skin. In that case, smooth some moisturizer onto your face if your skin is easily irritated. Begin at the hairline on the sides of your face, using light, gentle strokes. Scrape the bottom half of your face very thoroughly, paying close attention to hard areas like your chin and neck. Make sure to use a toner and moisturize after the process.

Many women love using dry razors because it makes for a more fast and convenient process. 

Ready to save face? Gotten into facial shaving as a must-have method? Watch Money's tutorial and tell us your thoughts in a note below!

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