Dermaplaning: Why, What and How to Shave Your Face
You’ve probably heard about the latest trend in non-invasive skin procedures, dermaplaning. And yes – it is just a fancy word for face shaving.
Men have been doing it for centuries, but somehow it’s only recently become somewhat acceptable for women to shave their faces. This is because it’s touted as being the latest super-exfoliation procedure that’s cheap and fast. So what exactly are the benefits to dermaplaning?
Why shave your face?
There are two main benefits to dermaplaning:
- Removes dead skin
The sharp dermaplaning blade/razor will scrape of the entire dead outer layer of skin This easily removes flakes and rough patches, resulting in skin that absorbs skin care more readily and looks glowing and even toned.
- Removes vellus hairs
Vellus hairs or baby hairs are the soft, transparent peach fuzz that lives on your forehead, around your brows, on the upper lip and around the sideburns and jaw. And they catch on to makeup like nobody’s business. By removing them, you’ll create a far smoother canvas that makes foundation look incredibly glowing and airbrushed. And don’t worry, they won’t grow back any thicker or darker.
Dermaplaning will bring you smoother, glowier-looking skin. Like – baby butt smooth. You’ll never want to stop touching your face. The peak results last a few days, and I feel a gradual return to normal over 2-3 weeks.
How to dermaplane
I dermaplane perhaps once a month, though you could do it more often if you love the results. It should be done on dry skin with no product. Hold your skin taught with one hand, lay the blade almost parallel to your skin, and gently shave in very light, short downwards strokes, wiping the blade on a piece of tissue frequently. No pressure should be used as this is a surefire way to cut yourself. Afterwards I tone with something witch hazel based then layer on lots of moisturising products and skip makeup for that day. I use the same razor maybe 3-5 times, wiping down with alcohol after each use.
Of course, there are aestheticians and dermatologists who dermaplane in-office that will achieve more thorough results and do it more safely. So it’s up to you whether you’d like to do it yourself or visit a professional.
My razor suggestions
The best shave will come from straight razors with no safety. In the beauty world, these are referred to as ‘eyebrow razors’. They can be tricky to learn how to use so be careful – the first time I cut myself pretty badly!
You can buy facial razors from several retailers, especially asian beauty stores. I use SHISEIDO 3 Piece Prepare Facial Razor but there’s a huge range to choose from.
I hope this little article helped clarify exactly why you might want to try dermaplaning as your next at-home skin treatment. I’ll see you all next time!