Should women shave their faces to get younger skin?

The idea of women standing at the bathroom mirror, face foamed up, razor-in-hand might sound unusual to most, but it’s becoming more common, as ladies strive for the holy grail: younger skin.

Suggestions that women should shave their faces in order to achieve younger skin have hit the headlines this week. But is there any truth in what has been reported? Skin doctor Michael Prager believes so, and explained why on This Morning today.

“It’s got some strong science behind it. The act of shaving will act like a microdermabrasion, something that stimulates collagen to build in the skin.

“The difference between old and young skin is the lack of collagen. So anything that stimulates collagen will by definition be an anti-ageing treatment. Shaving could produce more collagen. That’s one benefit.”

Christine Bleakley pointed out the belief that shaving only makes hair come back thicker, but Dr Prager dismissed this.

“Medically we think that’s a myth,” the skin doctor explained.

“Technically anything that happens to the hair outside on the skin has no influence on what happens inside the skin.

“The hair on the body is first of all much thicker and it will most probably mechanically as it’s short feel more stubbly and be less bendy, so it will sort feel rougher.

But on the face is a different matter.”