Everything You Need To Know About Dermaplaning
I've done quite a few crazy things in the name of skincare but shaving my face using a sharper-than-sharp scalpel-like razor, is by far, is the craziest thing I've ever done. This tops laser, light therapy, all sorts of peels and treatments my face has endured.
The thing is, I have been researching ways to remove facial hair for years. I contemplated waxing and laser, but I knew it was too risky incase my skin didn't react very well to them. That was, until I discovered dermaplaning. Seriously guys, it's been two weeks and my skin has never felt better. Not only does this treatment remove all your facial hair, but it also scrapes off dead skin cells and trapped makeup (that's right, trapped makeup!). This treatment is fairly affordable, quick and pain-free. But it's not just me raving about it, celebrities and beauty editors around the world highly rate this treatment. So why is everyone going crazy about it?
I spoke to Chloe, the Skincare Expert at Haven Skin Spa (where I got my dermaplaning treatment done a couple of weeks ago) and she kindly answered all my questions :
What exactly is Dermaplaning?
"Dermaplaning is a simple and safe procedure for exfoliating the epidermis and removing fine vellus hair (peach fuzz) from the surface of the skin. It leaves the skin looking plumped, hydrated, dewy and glowing. Because Dermaplanning is a form of exfoliation, it therefore removes any barrier of dead skin build up and allows for better product absorption and penetration.
A surgical Blade is used with gentle pressure to glide across the surface of the skin. This process firstly removes any dead skin cell build up and secondly the fine vellus hairs. We do this process over the whole face and neck until every area is covered. Once we're satisfied with the result, an enzyme mask is applied and massaged into the skin. This ensures that all dead skin and lose hairs are removed. After the mask, we then compress off the product and apply a hydrating serum followed by a protective sunscreen."
Is there any downtime or aftercare required?
"No, there is no down time after Dermaplanning and it can be done during ones lunch break. Your skin can look slightly flushed and pink in some places and there can sometimes be a slight bit of sensitivity and dryness over the next day or two post treatment.
Sunscreen and Moisturiser will protect your skin and help with any dryness that may be experienced."
Is it suitable for every skin type?
"Yes, it is suitable for all skin types. Dermaplaning is especially great for blonde/fair hair that cannot be treated with laser."
How frequently would you recommend getting it done?
"For best results it is recommend every 3-4 weeks, although results will be seen with each and every treatment. For an extra boost on the skins surface and added hydration and brightness I recommend a combination of Dermaplanning and LED light therapy."
Dermaplaning FAQS :
The hair doesn't grow back thicker.
It helps treat congested skin.
Helps better absorption of products after doing the treatment.
Removes dead skin cells, trapped makeup and bacteria.
Removes baby hair and peachy fuzzy facial hair.
PS : You do have to be careful with using clean makeup brushes after doing this treatment to avoid whiteheads and acne. And avoid exfoliating for the first five days after the treatment. Apart from that, you're good to go!
The treatment costs $125 at Haven Skin Spa.
*Treatment was gifted by Haven Spa | Images via Vogue Archives
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Her work as a fashion producer, writer, and freelance stylist can be seen in the likes of Vogue, Grazia, Nylon and Black Magazine, internationally, and locally in Fashion Quarterly, Viva/NZ Herald and more. 100% dog person.