Shaving is the most quickest and easiest method of hair removal, that is widely preferred by many women, but women in general believe shaving darkens skin. Is it true or just a meaningless myth? In this post, we will find the truth behind this question, “Does shaving darken skin?”
Our skin color is determined by the pigment called melanin and it cannot be affected by shaving, but aggressive shaving or low-quality razors can cause skin discoloration. Bad quality razors can scrape and irritate your skin badly which can trigger a post-inflammatory reaction, which can make your skin dark. Cuts and nicks can also cause hyperpigmentation and darkening of the skin tone.
Here are some tips to prevent darkening of the skin with shaving:
1. For Razor/Wet-shaving: Clean your skin well with warm water and use a good shaving cream to protect your skin from nicks and cuts of the razor.
2. Shaving in the direction opposite to which your hair can cause irritation as well as it would result in the hair being pulled instead of being cut. Always shave in the direction of growth.
3. Shaving creams with alcohol content can dry out, irritate, and darken skin tone, so pick shaving creams without alcohol.
4. It is always a good idea to exfoliate your skin before shaving to provide a smooth surface for the razor blade to move on and minimize irritation.
Answering the above question, if you choose the shaving razor and blade carefully, shaving will not darken your skin color.