by Grace Min
Did you know shaving your face promotes a glowing complexion & fights against aging? Yes, you read that right! This is what dermaplaning is all about. Of course there are professionals that can do this for you, and I highly recommend you go, but sometimes we just want to use beauty tools in the comfort of our homes. So if that sounds like you, continue reading to learn how to dermaplane safely at home for the best results.
What is Dermaplaning?
The first layer of your skin can contain dirt, dead skin cells, oil, and peach fuzz. Dermaplaning is used as a skincare treatment to effectively exfoliate this top layer of your skin by gently shaving it off.
Who Can Dermaplane?
Most people are dermaplane candidates. The ones that can not and should not use this treatment are people who have active acne, active eczema, sensitive skin, or rashes. For any textured blemish or skin condition, you never want to create an open wound which is what the dermaplane blade would do. Yikes!
The Beautiful Benefits
Deeper Exfoliation removes that top layer of dead skin. This causes the domino effect of more benefits listed below.
Glowing complexion is a result of shedding off all the dirt that was sitting on top of your skin and the peach fuzz (especially darker pigmented hairs).
Helps prevent acne. Since bacteria and oils are removed from the surface, it’ll be less likely to clog your pores.
Anti-aging. Dermaplaning reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The wrinkled area becomes dark and dulls when the skin cells begin to die. Shedding off the dead skin on your wrinkles promotes a more youthful and refreshed appearance.
Deeper product penetration. Your peach fuzz has a tendency to trap bacteria & oil on your face. This can prevent your serums from effectively penetrating your skin. The exfoliation from dermaplaning gets rid of that barrier layer, allowing your skincare products to penetrate better to nourish your skin.
- Smoother makeup application. Dermaplaning leaves your skin feeling and looking extremely smooth. This means having a smooth canvas to have your makeup look even better.
Technique For Best & Safe Use
Three Types of Blades:
- Eyebrow Razor (Recommended). The single blades for dermaplaning is much better at exfoliating than regular razors used for shaving legs.
- Women’s facial hair trimmer (Recommended)
- Razor for your legs (Do not use the actual same razor you shave your legs with. Always better to use a clean or new one.)
- Cleanse your face & pat dry.
- Get your razor. Make sure it’s either new or sanitized. The single blades are most effective and easier to use.
- Start around the sides of your cheek by your ear and have the blade parallel to your face (this is to prevent cutting your skin). Go with short, light-handed downward strokes moving towards the bottom of your jawline and then nose. Main areas to target are your jawline, upper lip, and chin.
- Then you can move on to the areas around your eyes and forehead. *Avoid your hairline and sides of your nose!
- Once you’re done, start massaging in your serum right after.
- Finish with moisturizer to lock in the serum.
Good Rule of Thumb
- Do not over exfoliate or keep going over the same spot too many times as it can cause increased sensitivity, redness, dryness, or cuts.
How Often Should You Dermaplane?
The recommended amount of times is 1-2 times per month. Although, at the end of the day it is a personal choice.
Myths Around Dermaplaning.
Does hair grow back thicker? Contrary to popular belief, it does not! Freshly shaved hair can appear to be thicker and darker, but we have to remember that when you see what one piece of hair looks like under a microscope, it is thickest at the root and gets thinner towards the tip. When we shave our legs, we’re cutting the hair at its thickest point. So as it grows, it can look thicker. This will eventually grow out and go back to “normal”. As for shaving our face, our peach fuzz is much thinner than the hair on our legs, so I wouldn’t worry about it!
Now that you know more about dermaplaning, are you ready to try it? Let us know!
Everyone has their unique skin barrier and conditions. Always consult with your dermatologist & esthetician for what is right for you.