Treatment by Alison
It has always seemed to me that one of the upsides of being a woman is that I don’t have to shave my face every morning. So why is face shaving – otherwise known as dermaplaning – trending as a beauty treatment? I had other questions: how does it work, what are the benefits and the downsides? I set off to find the truth about dermaplaning.
What is dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is a physical exfoliation procedure. It requires the use of a sterile, surgical scalpel to gently “shave” the skin’s surface, removing the top-most layer of dead skin along with fine, vellus hair (aka peach fuzz). The procedure can be performed monthly, in less than thirty minutes, with no downtime post-treatment. Dermaplaning is only performed on the face.
Benefits of dermaplaning
Physical exfoliation triggers the cell regeneration process and allows products to better penetrate skin. Some practitioners perform a chemical peel post-dermaplaning (I wouldn’t recommend this if you’ve never had either treatment before or have sensitive skin). Dermaplaning is also excellent to rid the face of excess fine hairs which can often accumulate dirt and oil. Contrary to popular belief, vellus hairs, as opposed to terminal hair, will not grow back thicker or darker. However, dermaplaning is not suitable for those with excessive facial hair. Microdermabrasion, which also physically exfoliates skin, does not remove vellus hair. Exfoliation of dead cells along with the removal of fine hairs results in healthier, brighter skin that has a smoother look and feel.
Who should consider dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is especially effective on those with dry or rough skin texture and helps to minimize superficial acne scarring or uneven skin tone. It is also beneficial for mature skin, which tends to have a buildup of dead cells as cellular turnover slows down with age. Dermaplaning is safe for pregnant or lactating clients who cannot have chemical peels (peels penetrate skin to act at the cellular level, thus are contraindicated).
Who should avoid dermaplaning?
Those with very oily or active acne should avoid this procedure as well as anyone with thick, dark facial hair. Acne prone skin can become sore and irritated with this procedure. Those with excessive facial hair will notice stubble as it grows back and experience “razor rashes”, spots under the skin and ingrown hairs.
Don’t try this at home
It’s important to note that dermaplaning employs a specific technique requiring a delicate touch and a skilled approach to resurface skin. Thus, I don’t recommend shaving at home as an alternative to dermaplaning. Unlike shaving, dermaplaning is performed freehand with a surgical scalpel (the average razor has two blades which are also duller than surgical blades) on tautly stretched skin. The methodology requires short strokes at a certain angle in particular patterns depending on the facial region.
Note: Please do your homework (obtain referrals and read reviews) prior to receiving treatment. It takes training to handle a scalpel properly; thus, I can’t stress how important it is to ensure you visit a skilled professional for dermaplaning.
Dermaplaning is an amazing physical exfoliation, it removes the top dead layer of skin and also the peach fuzzy hair too (which will grow back EXACTLY the same as before) to reveal a smoother, brighter skin and let’s your skincare products do exactly what you are paying them to do.
Your makeup will look flawless which is what most people comment on.
It’s using a sterile medical blade which although sounds scary, when in the hands of a trained dermaplaning professional it provides such a gentle yet powerful way to rejuvenate and smooth the skin.
The blades that I trained with are unique and are made specifically for dermaplaning Pro professionals.
My company founder who personally trained me was the pioneering lady who brought this treatment to the UK from the states.
When you book a treatment with me you are guaranteed 34 years in the industry and 3 years Dermaplaning, the best blades on the market and the products which work in synergy with dermaplaning.
The cost is £45 and the results will last approximately 4 weeks.