I’ve been asked about this quite a bit recently, especially after I mentioned it in my beauty myths blog post that you can read here.
Since I’ve been asked, I’ve decided to upload a posts covering everything that I know about at-home dermaplaning. So, if you’ve been thinking about it or are simply curious, then read on!
What is dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is the removal of peach fuzz and dead skin cells from your face using a facial razor. Recently dermaplaning has become increasingly popular as a beauty/skincare treatment and individuals have discovered that dermaplaning can be carried out at home. This way, it costs a lot less money than if you had it done in a salon.
It’s popularity has been proven through more frequent appearances on Instagram and in YouTube videos. It’s a very simple process but you do need to be careful when having a razor around your face.
Why should I be dermaplaning?
What’s the point you may ask? Well, I hated the way that foundation sat on my skin. My skin is extremely oily, meaning I have to set my face with powder and my peach fuzz used to gather it, making my makeup look a lot more cakier.
Dermaplaning provides a smooth base for your makeup. Not only that but it also removes dead skin from your face and therefore allows your products to sink in better and enables it to reach its full potential. Due to it removing that skin, it also means it’s a form of exfoliation and it’s been rumoured that the reason that men age so slowly is due to the exfoliation they get when shaving!
Like I mentioned, dermaplaning can be carried out by you at home or it can be done professionally in a salon. Obviously you’ll achieve more prominent results by having it done professionally, but since I’ve been dermaplaning at home, I’ve been very satisfied with the results. My only intention at first was to make my makeup smoother but my skin has also become clearer as my acne treatments are working more deeply into my skin.
How do you carry out dermaplaning when starting out at home?
Personally, I use eyebrow razors but before I used to use single blade razors and they work equally as well. I opt for the eyebrow razors simply because they’re cheaper and a little more gentle on the skin. This is good as it helps prevent the chance of ingrown hairs. Since dermaplaning is on the rise, they’re more readily available, I get mine from either TK Maxx or Superdrug. Out of the 2, I’ve found the Superdrug ones to perform better.
You angle it at around 45 degrees from your skin then gently stroke downwards in the direction of the hair growth. I find I get better results when using on dry skin and pulling the skin taut as it reduces the chance of ingrown hair and accidental cuts. I don’t use any shaving foam to shave my face as I feel this clogs the razor up without being effective at the same time. It’s not too difficult really, just be extra careful around your eyebrows and hairline.
You’ll really be amazed at the amount of dead skin and fuzz that dermaplaning can remove. Getting rid of the dead skin will give an instant appearance of brighter skin and helps your skin rejuvenate.
What else do I need to know about dermaplaning at home?
First and foremost, it doesn’t grow back thicker and darker! I can barely tell when I need to redo it as it’s so fine and as light as it’s always been, it doesn’t grow back thicker in the slightest! If you have pimples, I’d suggest that you be careful as it’s still a blade running over it so you don’t want to open it up to anything that may infect it, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t do it if you do have acne. Dermaplaning I’d say is quite a gentle yet effective technique to add into your skincare routine.
It also doesn’t have to be done often, I shave my face once every week/ 2 weeks. I try and stick to a Sunday just so I remember to do it and I tend to not wear makeup the day after I’ve just done it just in case the foundation sinks into my pores or causes spots and this works for me. Occasionally I have worn makeup the day after and I’ve been fine as I always wash my face well. I’ve carried out, my skincare routine religiously for over 2 years now and my skin is finally starting to pay me back for it!
The chance of cutting your skin is also very slim. I usually apply moderate pressure which probably isn’t advisable but I’ve not cut my skin yet, so it hasn’t had any negative impact. I’d probably say use the most pressure the first time as that’s obviously when you’ll remove the most fuzz and dead skin, light strokes will work fine after that.
You do need to keep up dermaplaning once you’ve started but like I’ve said, it’s quick, easy and inexpensive and it doesn’t have to be done all too often. I’d say as long as you incorporate it into your skincare routine every week/2 weeks then you should be absolutely fine. It won’t appear thicker or darker so the preference of how often is up to you. Sometimes I can go months without dermaplaning and my skin’s fine! This is usually when taking a break from makeup so I don’t need that smooth canvas.
Are there any negatives to dermaplaning?
Unfortunately, yes, but I can only think of one. It isn’t recommended for people with sensitive skin. My skin isn’t sensitive in the slightest but applying my Pixi glow tonic after dermaplaning has made me realise that my skin is a little more sensitive after I’ve shaved it. It’s usually restored the next day but if you have sensitive skin, then I wouldn’t recommend just in case your skin flares up. I’m not saying you shouldn’t as I’m in no way an expert of this and I’m only speaking from what I’ve learnt but I feel it may be a problem for some and therefore I thought I should point it out instead of giving a false view on the matter.
Would you ever start dermaplaning? If so would you carry out your dermaplaning at home or go professional?
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