The Benefits Of Not Shaving
Covid-19 is shaping many aspects of our daily life at the moment. This is in part due to the lockdown conditions that the majority of us are facing. A quick scan over social media will show that many of us are re-evaluating what is important and what isn’t. Many of our usual routines have probably gone out of the window. Clothes are less important than they were and equally so are our beauty habits. You may feel like a slob for not keeping up on your ‘appearance’ but we’re here to make you feel better! If shaving has taken a back seat during lockdown then worry not. We’ve detailed some of the reasons this is actually a good thing. Pat yourself on the back, you’re doing great!
Reduced Irritation and Rashes
Let’s start with the positives it has on our skin. Hair, believe it or not, is an amazing part of our evolutionary journey. The hair we have on our legs, armpits and groin all serve a very helpful purpose. This hair prevents chaffing and irritation, especially in areas such as the armpit where movement is frequent.
Not only does keeping our hair reduce irritation, but also avoiding the razor blade has many advantages. No doubt, you have felt it before; razor burn, a reaction to the cream or accidentally cutting yourself. This can all be avoided by not shaving. This leaves your skin in peace and reduces the chance of getting folliculitis, rashes and irritation.
Less Risk Of Infection
Not shaving reduces the risk of rashes but it also reduces the risk of infection too. A cut or knick after shaving is inevitable. Its annoying but can also lead to infections if not treated properly. Further to this, your pubic hair acts as a shield for your genitals. By shaving you could leave yourself vulnerable to infections such as streptococcus and MRSA.
Lower Risk Of STIs
According to certain studies there is a clear connection between shaving and STIs. Infections such as HPV and syphilis were strongly associated with those that shaved often. Admittedly, it’s difficult to define a correlation and it could be that those shaving are having sex more frequently. However, scientists have determined a link regardless. It is believed that it could be due to the micro-tears caused by shaving, these wounds may not have healed in time. This makes it easier for bacteria and viruses to enter the body via the skin.
Save Time and Money
It goes without saying that reducing the amount of time a razor blade is in contact with your skin has its benefits. It reduces rashes, irritation and even STIs as explained above. Another clear and obvious advantage is the time and money saved. It’s fair to say that we’re all looking for ways to burn time whilst in lockdown so this may not be much of an advantage. However, think of what you could do with that time instead!
If time isn’t doing it for you then hopefully the money saved is. As we all know, razor blades are expensive, it adds up over time so giving ourselves a break will help our skin and our wallet.
In all shaving can put us at risk of infections, ingrowing hairs and irritation. Our bodies were naturally designed for hair so if you find yourself shaving less during this period then look at it as a positive. You’re giving your body a rest and sometimes thats all it needs to be rejuvenated! This isn’t to say there’s anything wrong with shaving, its a personal preference. Just try to take it easy on your skin.
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Specialist doctor from the University Hospital in Gothenburg, alumnus UC Berkeley. My doctoral dissertation is about Digital Health and I have published 5 scientific articles in teledermatology and artificial intelligence.