According to popular belief, shaving anywhere on your body using a hair removal product such as a razor encourages the hair to grow back thicker and darker, and that’s not even getting onto ingrown hairs, shaving rash and stubble trouble.
But a strange new trend is emerging for women to shave the fine, light hairs from their faces in order to boost their complexions.
According to Dermatologists, there is some science to back up the idea that shaving is good for your skin - as using a razor takes off the first layer of dead skin cells too, so it's mildly exfoliating.
Dr Michael Prager, an aesthetic clinician, says the practice is like a ‘mild form of microdermabrasion, so encourages collagen production, which reduces wrinkles.’
The Doctor also slammed claims that shaving influences how the hair grows back, adding that anything that happens to the hair above the skin does not feedback to the follicle.
Apparently, shaving is the reason that many men seem to age better than women, due to the fact they are essentially exfoliating their faces several times a week for their entire adult life.
And is it really that bizzarre? Some beauty salons even offer treatments known as ‘blading’ for up to £350, which is almost identical to shaving.
Companies are now marketing ‘micro razors’ - specifically designed for women wanting to use the blades for these purposes.