Shaving Part 3 : “Shaving alters/changes skin color, hair texture or hair color”

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If you have missed the previous posts, then do go back and read on how I took the challenge and how shaving does not cause dry flaky skin. So targeting another common myth associated with shaving - "It alters skin color, hair texture/color". 

So can it really do that? No. It cannot. And if you think a little logically, you'll might agree too... Read on!  

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So about "Changing Skin Color"...

How will a razor have the power to alter your skin color? Yor skin color depends on things like melanin pigements, sun exposure etc. In fact, the razor kind of exfoliates the top skin layer so it should reveal brighter skin. I have noticed it that everytime I shave. Especially on the tanned areas like the foot and arms. Remember to always use a sunscreen to avoid tanning and sun damage to the new layer.

Moreover, shaving does not involve using any chemicals like the hair removal creams which actually harm your skin and lead to darkening over time. I have used depilatory creams back in the day and trust me when I say that it does harm the skin.

Moving on to "Changing Hair Texture"...

It does not. I have been shaving for many years (on & off) before taking up this challenge and even in these past 3 weeks, where I have been shaving regularly, I have not noticed any change in my hair texture, gorwth rate or hair color.

Shaving cuts the hair from the surface leaving the part below the skin as it is. Yes, you might feel sometimes that the hair is getting coarser but that is just the stubble growing out.

Ingrown Hair :

You might experience ingrowth with shaving as you do with any other form of hair removal and it might lead you to assume that your skin texture have worsened, but that is happening probably because you haven't exfoliated well enough between the shaves or because you might be using a blunt razor. So be careful the next time : Always use a sharp razor blade and make sure to exfoliate consistently.

Using a shaving gel like the Satin Care gel also helps! But of course you don't need a special shaving gel. You can use any good quality & not very harsh shower gel/oil too which lubricates the skin well. The L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil is a favourite of mine!

There you go! Hopefully this helps you all get rid of your apprehensions a little bit more. If you have any questions or doubts, feel free to ask them in the comments below or mail them to me and I will be happy to get back to you :)

I'll be back again next week another update about my experience! 

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