Some beauty regimes are the results of years of fastidious research, following on from scientific studies and numerous trials. Dermaplaning however, is different.
It been around for centuries, with rumours that ancient roman queen Cleopatra was a fan. So what is it exactly?
What is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is an exfoliation technique in which dead skin cells and hairs are removed from the facial area. Basically a sharp blade is run over your face to scrape off the top layer of the skin.
Dr Elizabeth Hale, a dermatologist at the Laser and Skin Surgery Center of New York, explains what the procedure involves:
“Dermaplaning is just a very simple physical or mechanical method of exfoliation, which helps to remove dead skin cells and give your face a brighter complexion,” Dr. Hale added:
“And since it removes some vellus hairs (the soft, baby-fine hairs on your face), it can make the skin feel smoother. But I think it also taps into this whole new field in dermatology which is all about increasing efficacy and penetration of topical ingredients.”
How does Dermaplaning work?
Typically dermaplaning will be performed on the face, under the chin and the neck area.
These areas will be properly cleansed, after which a trained skincare expert will then take a 10-gauge scalpel, holding it at a 45-degree angle, and gently scrape off the top layer of dead cells.
Once the treatment has finished, a cooling agent, such as a moisturising or hydrating mask will be applied to the area to soothe it.
Treatments cost from around $100 to $160, depending on the amount of time required for the session.
Experts recommend a dermaplaning treatment once every three to four weeks, as every session will remove around two to three weeks’ worth of dead skin cells.
What skin types benefit from Dermaplaning?
Almost all skin types can benefit from dermaplaning, however, if you have a large amount of open spots or sores, it is best to wait until these have cleared up.
Dermaplaning can help people who have skin conditions such as acne scars, over oily skin, or people with particularly hirsute complexions. It is recommended as an anti-ageing treatment, as it helps to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles.
The main benefits are super smooth skin that looks radiant and glowing.
By dermaplaning you are also opening up the skin’s pores, which allows all your expensive anti-ageing beauty creams to penetrate deeper into the skin’s layers.
Dermaplaning helps the overall absorption of these beauty products much better.
Can I try Dermaplaning at home?
Professional dermaplaning requires a surgical blade and is typically carried out by a licensed aesthetician who has been highly trained.
These qualified personnel will know exactly how many times to pass the blade over your skin. They can also customize the treatment with a peel, healing mask or cold ultra sound for added benefits.
These additional extras, which can hydrate the exposed cells with powerful antioxidants, will soothe any inflammation and reduce post-procedure redness.
Our advice is always to go to a professional.
Dermaplaning has extremely popular and is now a firm celebrity favourite, with many reality stars swearing by the procedure.