It apparently makes your foundation go on way smoother.
In case you didn't know, shaving your face is totally normal for all genders. Let's be clear: You definitely don't have to shave your face — "It's a personal choice," says Good Housekeeping Institute Beauty Lab director, Birnur Aral, Ph.D. Some women prefer facial shaving simply to prevent visible upper lip hair from growing, to get rid of peach fuzz, or to exfoliate and smooth out skin for optimal makeup and skincare application.
The Good Housekeeping Institute works with consumers, dermatologists, beauty editors, and industry experts to find the top-performing beauty finds on the market. Though our Lab experts haven't done formal testing on facial razors, our pros have tested hair removal devices and methods of all kinds, from best razors to top-rated epilators and at-home wax kits. While true dermaplaning is best left to the pros, you can still tackle an iteration of the task at home.
To find the most effective tools for facial hair removal,"definitely look for a razor with multiple blades because that will allow you to cut more hairs with less strokes and less irritation," says Dr. Pierre. He says body razors are fair game too, and Aral agrees, saying, "I do use a fresh body razor or one from my husband's stash whenever I need to shave my facial hair. But I think if you are dealing with peach fuzz, the simplest blades are sufficient" for at-home dermaplaning.
According to dermatologist Peterson Pierre, M.D., all skin types are fine candidates for facial shaving. Just note that if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, you want to be extra careful to avoid any irritation. That said, make sure to only shave your skin with product, as "shaving dry can likely cause more irritation, nicks, and cuts," Dr. Pierre says. He recommends using a shave gel because it creates a layer between the blade and skin, allowing your razor to glide more easily. "Follow up with a moisturizing and soothing after-shave to make the experience as comfortable as possible," Dr. Pierre adds. You can shave as often as you need as long as you're not finding irritation on the skin.
And no, shaving your face will not make hair grow back thicker or darker! According to Dr. Pierre, "the razor cuts the hair about mid-shaft, at its thickest portion," he explains. "So when the hair grows in, it might appear to be thicker, but the hair diameter itself actually doesn't change and neither does the color."
See below for the best razors for women's facial hair, including razors from top-performing brands, editor favorites, and top-rated options from trusted online reviews.