Why You Need To Try Asian Face Shaving

Face Shaving!  It’s a new, (but actually super old) beauty technique you need to try ASAP, so let’s get right to business.


Here’s the real deal: is face shaving really a thing?  It totally is, and it’s not even new.  Asian women, the mavens of all things beauty, have been doing it forever and a day, with amazing results.

Does that seem totally weird?  It’s okay to feel weirded out if you, like me, are from a western nation and have been told forever by everyone in “the know” that shaving your face is a mortal sin.

But as it turns out, face shaving is one of the best things you’ve never tried, and it’s time to remedy that business.



I didn’t know face shaving was an actual thing until I started seeing a Vietnamese aesthetician a few years ago who razored my face after she gave me a facial once, and I’ve never looked back.  My aesthetician is Vietnamese and before she moved to the U.S. 6 years ago, owned several beauty salons across Vietnam and Laos.  It took her awhile to talk me into face razoring, but once she razored my face like a pro, and shaped my eyebrows, I was sold.


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Shaving with a straight razor is super amazing because it exfoliates your skin while it trims your hair.  All the dead skin and hair accumulating on your face contributes to breakouts and wrinkles, and let’s just try to avoid those, shall we?  Men who shave their faces every day end up with fewer wrinkles and better skin around their beard line (Is that a thing? Yes.  I double checked and it’s totally a thing.) because they’re unwittingly exfoliating every single day.  There’s zero reason the ladies shouldn’t benefit from the same exfoliating, hair removing benefits.



Here’s how to razor your face:

  1. Buy a razor specifically for face razoring.  I buy mine at a Japanese grocery store in Los Angeles but a lot of beauty stores, including Amazon, sell them.
  2. Remove your makeup + wash your face.
  3. Find a mirror and some good lighting.
  4. On clean, dry skin, gently razor your cheeks the same way you would shave your legs, from the top down, with the razor at a slight angle.
  5. Use short strokes and razor down your face in small patches.  Save the eyebrows and jawline for your second time.


face shaving

Look how much peach fuzz we razored off my daughter’s face with just one small stroke.  It’s amazing, cost effective, good for your skin, and feels like a super dream once you’re done.  Face shaving for everyone!




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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


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