Dermaplaning – the facts and the benefits
What is it?
Dermaplaning is a method of exfoliation where a medical grade scalpel is used to gently scrape off the top layer of dead skin cells in order to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion. It will also elimate vellus hair, more commonly known as the peach fuzz we all have around the cheek area. Makeup can build up in that area, especially if this skin is also dry. An added benefit of dermaplaning is the cleaner the skin (free of dead skin cells and hair) the better skincare products can penetrate the dermis, meaning they’ll work better. Makeup will glide on too, and make for a longer lasting finish.
Who can have the treatment?
Dermaplaning is recommended for all skin types except those with acne prone skin. If you have deep cystic acne, wait until breakouts are clear before trying this treatment. The skin needs to be relatively smooth with a flat surface in order for the blade to glide across the skin without the possibility of cuts.
What’s involved in the treatment?
Dermaplaning is a painless procedure and all you’ll feel is a slight tickle, especially around the mouth area.
The skin is thoroughly cleansed first and then a thin layer of balm is applied to help the blade glide across the skin. The area of skin is held taught with one hand and the blade is held with the other at a 45 degree angle. Short, swift strokes are used to scrape off the dead skin cells and peach fuzz.
How long does it take?
I allow an hour for treatment, which includes your consultation and a mini facial massage to finish.
Are there any side effects?
There are no side effects and zero downtime. After the treatment, your skin will be highly sensitive to sun exposure and may have a little pink glow. You must wear an SPF with 30 or higher to reduce the risk of hyperpigmentation.
What are the benefits?
You’ll immediately look more radiant and you skin will have a lovely pink with a more even skin tone and texture. All of your peach fuzz will be gone, which is why first- timers say their skin has never felt so soft before.
Many of my clients are concerned that shaving peach fuzz will make it grow back heavier and darker, but that’s just an old wives’ tale. Superficial vellus hair will grow back at the same rate and with the same texture as it was before the treatment.
How often should I have it done?
The hair growth cycle is a little different for everyone, but on average I recommend my clients come back every 6 weeks. For some it will be longer, for others it will be sooner.
Why not give the treatment a try! It’s brilliant to have regularly in the lead up to your wedding. Your skin will look amazing and your makeup will last longer, plus your makeup artist will thank you for preparing your skin! You can visit my Hampshire studio for this treatment.