There’s a new facial technique that many people are talking about. It’s called dermaplaning and it’s a great way to exfoliate and improve the texture of your skin. Dermaplaning is a skin care treatment that removes dead skin cells and vellus hair, AKA: peach fuzz. You’re left with fresh, radiant skin.
How Is Dermaplaning Done and Who Is It For?
Dermaplaning is performed on clean, dry skin. An aesthetician moves a small, sterile blade across the surface of your skin while holding the skin taut. The blade is used on the forehead, cheeks, chin, nose, around the mouth, and neck.
Because the blade used to remove the dead skin and fine hairs is very sharp, you must go to a licensed and trained professional. (In case you’re wondering, yes, I have received that certification and continue to attending training to keep learning about the benefits of this.)
I promise, this is totally painless and is a quick process; it’s done in about half and hour. There’s no downtime after it, either.
This is best for people with very dry skin and anyone who is concerned about facial hair, though anyone can benefit from it. If you do have cystic acne, however, wait until your breakouts clear before coming in. Dermaplaning is also great for women who are nursing or are pregnant since it doesn’t use any chemicals or products that may harm you or your baby.
Benefits of Dermaplaning
Many people focus on the hair removal aspect of this treatment, but it does much more than just that. It has wonderful exfoliating properties and greatly benefits your skin.
Because it removes both dead skin and fine hairs, you’re left with a fresh, bright complexion. Any skincare products used after this will be more effective as they’re being applied to a fresh surface and don’t have to penetrate through an additional layer of skin and hair that won’t benefit from the serums and creams anyway.
You’ll also be removing the fine hairs that trap oil and debris close to your skin (and that isn’t a cute look). Since the peach fuzz that makeup clings to is gone, you’re left with a smooth and clean canvas. Your makeup will apply so much better.
After receiving a dermaplaning treatment, you’ll immediately see improvement in your skin’s texture and tone. With repeated treatments, you can expect to see fewer wrinkles and dark spots as well as the reduction of scarring since it promotes increased cell turnover.
It Isn’t Microdermabrasion
Since I don’t want you to be confused, I want to make sure you know this isn’t microdermabrasion. While they’re both physical ways of exfoliating the skin, that’s where the similarities end. Microdermabrasion uses crystals and suction to exfoliate and remove dead skin and sebum from pores. Many people experience irritation and scarring from this process.
What To Do Afterwards
You’ll want to keep touching your skin because it’s so clean and smooth – try not to! I know, it’s really hard and I want to do it, too. For your skin to receive the best benefit, though, keep your hands off!
Wash your skin with gentle cleanser and avoid anything else exfoliating for about a week. This means no daily scrubs or anything with the word “peel” in it!
This is the time for you to use serums and creams that really pack a punch. It’s also the time to keep your skin moisturized. These products will penetrate best immediately afterwards.
Finally, and most importantly, use SPF! Of course, I know you’re using it daily anyway, but it’s especially important to protect your skin now as you’ve just revealed a fresh, new layer and the sun can easily harm your skin now.