Did you know us humans have around 100,000 hairs on our bodies?
Well, around 90,000 if you’re a red head, 100,000 for those with brown or black hair, and 150,000 for blondes.
Some of those hairs might live on your face.
Above your lip, on your chin, under your neck, over your cheeks, or all over your face. Mostly in places they’re really not welcome and they can even stand out under a full face of foundation.
So how do you get rid of unwanted facial hair, or as it’s affectionately known as, peach fuzz?
There are a couple ways you can do it, but Mamamia’s executive editor and beauty editor of 15 years Leigh Campbell wanted to talk about one particular facial hair removal method that gets a bad rap on the You Beauty podcast.
“I have lots of peach fuzz and you can see it under makeup in light. Where I do my makeup, there’s not much light… when I get in the car I’m like woah,” she told her podcast co-host Kelly McCarren.
Leigh said she used to shave her face (a beauty practice that’s actually called dermaplaning). She can’t be bothered now because it’s a high maintenance endeavour, but it’s 100 per cent normal, fine and safe to do so if your peach fuzz gets to you.
“Dermaplaning is either an in-salon treatment or you can do it at home, it’s essentially shaving your face. There’s a special razor you buy, a Tinkle Razor, it’s meant to exfoliate your skin, but the peach fuzz comes off as well. It looks like a blade you’d use in art class.”
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“Don’t be afraid of shaving your face, it sounds quite unusual, but it’s not going to grow back like a beard, or thicker and darker. You don’t need shaving cream and it’s quick.”
Other options for facial hair removal include shaving with an ordinary razor (use a clean one and go slow), waxing (this is especially great for upper lip hair that bothers you) and the icon laser, a laser originally created to treat acne that removes light facial hair depending on how coarse your hair is.
Another trick Leigh uses is applying a lighter foundation to her peach fuzz areas that won’t accentuate the hairs.
“I often wear my full coverage matte foundation down the centre of my face because that’s where I’m oily and I need the coverage, but the sides of my face don’t normally need full coverage, I might use a dewy formula there or a lighter coverage one.”