Dr. Michael Prager, an aesthetic clinician who has a practice in London, says: “From an anti-aging point of view, home shaving has some effect. It’s like a mild form of microdermabrasion, so encourages collagen production, which reduces wrinkles. Whenever there’s trauma to the skin, collagen is stimulated to help cell renewal.”
Dr. Prager denounces the myth that the (often very fine) hair on women’s faces will grow back thicker and darker. “The notion that shaving influences regrowth is wrong,” he says. “People might think hair looks thicker because it comes out at a different angle or blunt, rather than tapered to a natural point, but it won’t be changed on a cellular level.”
Dr. Neal Schultz, another dermatologist, argues that regular shaving may be the reason men are thought to age better than women. “Most men shave their faces — and thereby exfoliate two-thirds of their face — regularly for years,” he says. “That’s the reason that by their 30s and 40s, men’s skin often looks better than women’s skin.”
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