Female Facial Shaving
After being quoted in the Metro in their feature: Women are shaving their faces now, Dr Barbara Kubicka was invited to give her expert comment and opinion to The Independent, where she was given the final word on the matter.
The article says that more women are shaving their faces and some beauty experts even say it could have anti-ageing benefits, actually serving to improve the condition of their skin as well as deal with unwanted facial hair. Apparently beauties including Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, and Cleopatra all shaved their faces.
Some skin experts said that the simultaneous exfoliation which happens with shaving could be beneficial to the skin, boosting collagen production for younger-looking skin.
Speaking to The Independent, Dr Barbara Kubicka, aesthetic physician with the London’s Knightsbridge clinic warned that:
“Side effects such as razor burn can be quite unpleasant and the chances of shaving cuts and infection are high for those not accustomed to daily shaving.”
The Independent asked whether shaving your face the new DIY chemical peel for achieving a younger looking face, to which Dr Kubicka replied:
“For women, shaving the face arguably has some exfoliating benefits, but it is simply too harsh for female facial skin.”
“What’s more, the top lip hair will appear to grow back thicker and coarser. This isn’t actually the case, but the hair does look and feel rougher as it grows back blunt, rather than naturally thinner at the ends.”
Dr Kubicka suggested that with regards to the exfoliating benefits, for regular exfoliation at home, a basic natural scrub, designed for facial use, is a far more sensible alternative to shaving. Professional treatments such as microdermabrasion or chemical peels provide a more intensive exfoliation which can smooth out lines and wrinkles, improve pigmentation and even acne scarring in a safe, clinic environment.
Dr Kubicka takes a holistic approach to skincare treatments; treating the patient as a whole in order to get the best possible results from any treatments they may have. Private consultations often include individual advice on nutrition, hydration and lifestyle as well as professional treatments. Advice on skin treatments is made after extensive discussion and review and suggestions are made from one of London’s best ranges of skin treatments.
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