Dermaplaning 101 | How to shave your face
This may seem like one of the stranger parts of my beauty routine, but today I will share with you how to shave your face. The fancy term for this is called “dermaplaning” and is a hot commodity at spas and salons right now. Dermaplaning is just a fancy term for shaving your face and it is easily done at home. It is a highly effective way to exfoliate your skin and get rid of peach fuzz, which can trap dirt, oil and your foundation, and make you look older. Shaving is one of the most effective ways to help your foundation look flawless and make you look more youthful. It is also the most cost effective, if done at home. I briefly touched on this method in my Flawless Foundation blog post and many of you followed suit and bought the Tinkle razors. For those of you that are still hesitant, I thought I would discuss this in a bit more depth today. I encourage you to give it a try. I have done it on a regular basis for a while now and I am never looking back.
What is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is the physical exfoliation of the top layer of skin and your peach fuzz along with it. It can be done at a salon, but it is just as easily done at home. I use these inexpensive razors I order on Amazon, but there are also some fancier tools and gadgets to help yo achieve this. Contrary to popular belief, removing your peach fuzz from you face with a razor will not make your hair grow back thicker or faster. It is simply not true. It will, however, improve the texture of your skin and make your foundation application much smoother and flawless looking. Right after dermaplaning is also a great time to apply a hydrating serum and moisturizer to give your skin and extra boost. Personally, I prefer to to this at night so my serum and moisturizer will really have time to penetrate and sink in.
Why should I try Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning removes the top layer of your skin and facial hair that can trap dirt and oil. Not only will it make your foundation application go smoother and look better, it is a fabulous skin care treatment that will improve the texture of your skin. Dermaplaning is a safe & effective exfoliation treatment that allows for deeper product penetration, boosting the effects of skin care products. It will help make the skin look and feel smoother and also helps to reduce the appearance of acne scars. I have sensitive skin & rosacea and my skin can tolerate it just fine.
Who should try Dermaplaning
In my opinion, everyone can benefit from it, but especially more mature skin. As collagen production slows down, so does cell turnover and skin can look dry and dull quickly. A weekly dermaplaning treatment will take off that top layer of dead skin and have you glowing again in no time. Also, the removal of peach fuzz will make your makeup application look more youthful, as it allows the foundation to look more like your skin, rather than sitting on top of your dead skin and clinging to your peach fuzz. You will also use a lot less product this way. It is also good for acne prone skin, as it will prevent new acne from forming. I don’t however, think it is a good idea to try this method if you have severe, or cystic acne and I would definitely consult with a dermatologist before trying this at home.
How do you Dermaplane?
I shot a quick video demonstrating the procedure below. I am afraid the quality is questionable, but it does get the point across. There are a few key things to remember, when doing this at home. 1) Always use a clean blade. You can use the razors 2×3 times each, but always clean them with rubbing alcohol in between uses. 70% Isopropyl Alcohol (IPA) is the most effective. 2) Make sure your face is clean when doing this. This is really important. Otherwise you are driving dirt and germs into your pores. I like to wash my face and then follow up with with a cotton pad and toner to make sure my skin is clean. 3) Hold your skin taut and the razor at an angle and use gentle, short strokes in a downward motion. You can apply a few drops of oil before starting if your skin is dry and sensitive. I sometimes do and sometimes don’t. It just depends. I definitely follow up with a a few drops of oil when done, and this fabulous moisturizer to drive moisture back into my skin. If you have the time, this is a great opportunity for a hydrating mask, as it will be super effective. This one and this one are my favorites. If you decide to dermaplane in the morning, make sure to use sunscreen before leaving the house, but you should be doing that anyway!
There you have it. A lesson in shaving your face. I hope you guys will give it a try. I think you will love the results, both short and long term. Keep me posted! ❤️
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