Dermaplaning sounds a lot fancier than face shaving, but in essence, that’s what dermaplaning involves. On Instagram, the #dermaplaning hashtag has swelled to 4,321 posts. Many of those posts proclaim the virtues of the dermaplaning process, which can be seen in the below compelling video. That video shows a face being shaved in short strokes as the skin is pulled taut enough to get the dermaplaning blade to shave off the dead skin. The blade is generally held at a 45-degree angle — that is, if you encounter the type of surgical blades used at spas. According to StyleCaster, the DIY home version of dermaplaning includes a $189 tool called the DermaFlash.
Skin Blading. This procedure utilizes a surgical blade to exfoliate dead skin and remove peach fuzz to reveal smoother and more radiant skin. This procedure can be done on it's own or combined with a chemical peel or a laser treatment. No: this treatment does not hurt and your hair will not grow back thicker or darker. It makes your make-up lay so nicely on your face and allows your skin care products to penetrate better. #dermaplaning #microblading, #dermablading, #physicianassistant
The below photo of a woman praising the virtues of dermaplaning as part of her beauty routine involving moisturizers and such has folks commenting that they too want their dead skin scraped off with blades.
Ok ladies!! I have no make up on in this picture I just did my nightly routine, cleanse, b5 serum, brightening serum, eye cream and moisturizer! No filter nothing! This is my feed back from our Dermaplaning training and we also got it done, and my face has never felt better! I had one breakout from stress but ITS AMAZING. My skin has never been so even, and smooth. If anyone has any questions I'd love to answer them for you! #skincare #esthician #esthetics #beauty #dermaplaning
For those who don’t have the money to pay for fancy dermaplaning sessions with the blades, there’s a cheaper way to experience the same benefits. According to Houstonia, the Touch N Brow razor from Sally Beauty Supply works well for the dermaplaning process — just make sure to use clean blades and replace them often, after only three uses. That publication warns those who want to perform the dermaplaning process at home to shave with downward strokes — although other videos seem to show the shaving going on in other directions.
It can be a surprise to see how much hair and dead skin can be sloughed off the face through the dermaplaning process.
After dermaplaning, the faced can be washed and moisturized, so that the moisturizer can soak into the newly revealed fresh skin even better. It’s important to use clean razors to help prevent infections and acne. It’s also important not to shave the skin too harshly and not to shave it too often.
Dermaplaning can help folks who don’t do well with chemical peels or microdermabrasion — and can provide a deep level of exfoliation.
As reported by Bustle, dermaplaning has a plethora of benefits, including helping to even out the skin so that makeup goes on smoother. It also helps with discoloration and does not cause hair to grow back faster and thicker on the face. Instead, by removing the dead skin, it gives the face a refreshed and glowing look. Dermaplaning can produce a glow and make a person appear younger than their years in a subtle way.
Online, folks are raving about the dermaplaning process. A sample of the comments on social media can be seen below.
“Your skin will be as smooth as silk with #dermaplaning“
“Dermaplaning is great for removing hair and dead skin off your face! It is also a first choice for patients who have excess vellus hair on the skin. This hair often causes a buildup of dirt and oils in the follicles, so removing the hair gives the patient healthier looking skin. Regular treatments can reduce wrinkles, acne scars, skin discoloration, improve skin elasticity and hydration, and even decrease the appearance of pore size!”
“Facial in progress! Dermaplane facial using a tiny scalpel to remove dead skin cells and baby hair meaning my makeup will be on point this weekend. I had mine followed by a chemical peel and cooling face mask.”
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