New Japanese Trend Alert: Women Shaving Their Faces

Apparently, there isn’t much Japanese women wouldn't do for their looks.


It’s true that many Asian women, especially Japanese, have naturally great skin. Yes, their diet and genetics have a lot to do with it, but that doesn't stop many from pursuing perfection as well.

The quest for a perfect skin has some Japanese women taking on a traditional men's grooming habit: plain old razor-blade shaving of the face.

Don’t be shocked and surprised. Here’s how it goes: “The shaving cream apparently moisturizes the face in all the right places, while the shave itself acts as a massage, slowing down the aging process.

Also, due to the fact that women have much softer facial hair than men, the grow-back is not such an issue.”

In fact, according to Mamika Ozaki, a salon owner in Japan, “We tell all our clients that it is the best-kept secret of Hollywood leading ladies for years. Marilyn Monroe and Liz Taylor were regular shavers. And you don’t get any more stubble at the end of it than you would if you were shaving a peach.”


Alexis Wolfer, editor of The Beauty Bean agrees, "It's definitely a thing. One reason men are thought to get fewer wrinkles is that they're constantly exfoliating their faces every time they shave, literally shaving away the outermost layers of skin and encouraging your skin to create new layers."

Rick Elizaga, a blogger who loves documenting his life in Japan, also describes his wife Mari getting a shave before their wedding. “In one of the countless little tasks we have to complete before our wedding in Tokyo this weekend, Mari and I visited the local barbershop/salon yesterday. I got a haircut, and Mari got a shave.

“The barbress held a straight razor in one hand and Mari’s head in the other. She scraped the blade deftly along the rim of Mari’s ear, pushing a soapy froth of shaving lotion along the cutting edge. She turned Mari’s head, spread lotion on her nose, and applied the blade to her skin again."

Doesn’t it accelerate facial hair growth?

Not if you don’t have facial hair or too much of it.

Here’s a look at how it’s done:

It sort of makes sense, as it sounds pretty close to procedures like dermabrasion and dermaplaning.

Of course, one doesn’t absolutely have to follow the beauty trend. There are lots of other ways of getting a good scrub or a facial treatment for dead skin removal. But why not put a little adventure in your beauty routine instead? 

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