My Experience: Dermaplaning

What my estheticians says about Dermaplaning: “It is a simple and safe procedure for exfoliating the epidermis and ridding the skin of fine vellus hair. Consumers can also find that it will treat hyper-pigmentation, acne scars and give them smoother skin.”


For a few years now I have been using Tinkle Eyebrow Razors to shave my face, I started this after watching a YouTube video by Jessica Harlow, she first talked about it in this video here, but later does a more in-depth explanation here if you are interested. The benefits are:

  • Removes fine hair (which you might not be aware you have – but everyone does – I can really see mine after spraying my face with a toner see photos below).

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  • Leave skin looking and feeling very smooth.
  • Allows skin to reflect light better, hence skin appears brighter.
  • It works as an exfoliate as it removes the excess hair and dead skin cells which build up and block our pores.
  • Makeup applies smoother, looks better and lasts longer.
  • Products will penetrate the skin better, and therefore will be able to do their job better, such as moisturisers.

Doing it at home with these very cheap razors is as simple as it can be; some people like to do it on clean, dry skin, other on freshly moisturised, or slightly damp skin – figure out what works best for you – hold your skin slightly taut and using gentle, downward strokes remove the hair.

However, getting it done professionally, like with anything, leaves you with a superior result, so after a few years of doing it (inconsistently) myself, I decided I would get it done by the Sister of my Eyebrow Girl (who does my HD Brows – she does have a name, just in case you are wondering, and I do know it, but my Mum never knows who I am talking about when I use her actual name, so over time she has just become known as the ”eyebrow girl”).

The premise is much the same as what I have been doing at home, except she is professionally qualified to use a fine surgical scalpel and gentle scrape the blade over my face… which sounds daunting, but it really isn’t anything scary. I read a review of it once which made me laugh, ‘‘It’s skincare for pragmatists really, founded on caveman logic. Don’t want that dead layer of skin? Take it away with the sharpest, safest thing around.”

Dermaplaning, along with microdermabrasion seem to have become a lot more popular and mainstream recently, despite having been used in the entertainment industry for decades upon decades, apparently the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor had been part-taking in it (or similar) since their heydays. Along with the above mentioned benefits, dermaplaning is also suppose to:

  • Promote proteins such as collagen and elastin which the absence of are to blame for visible signs of aging.
  • Even out the texture of your skin.
  • Help with hyper pigmentation.

Process

The process takes around 30 – 45 minutes and cost me £40.

After putting on a lunch lady hair net she cleansed and toned my skin. Once that was finished she got straight into using the blade. The sensation was actually enjoyable, in my opinion. You know when someone gently scratches your back, well it was like a miniature version of that – it just felt really nice. I said this to her and she said other people had said the same, and one lady had even started to doze off on her. So don’t worry at all about it being painful. She shaved everywhere, (except the bridge of my nose and the general area around my eyes) she even shaved my upper neck. It took around 30 minutes for her to complete my face at which point she massaged in some moisturiser. I can get this done every 4 weeks, the theory being the more frequently you do it, and maintain a constant upkeep of Dermaplaning, the better and clearer your skin will look.

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The long hairs are a bit of ‘sideburn’ hair that she cleaned up.

Common Worries

  • Painful: Not at all.
  • Hair will grow back darker and thicker: This is a complete myth, shaving your face cannot change the texture or number of hair follicles you naturally produce.

Aftercare

The aftercare information I was provided with was:

  • Avoid heavy makeup for 7 days after treatment. I questioned what exactly this meant and she said ”going out out makeup” – so primers, foundations, cream products, followed by powders, basically the whole shebang. But a bit of powder, blusher etc, should be fine. 
  • Avoid vigorous exercise until redness has subsided. Anything where you will find yourself sweating and becoming naturally redder from exertion. 
  • Avoid direct sunlight exposure for 7 days.
  • Avoid sunbeds for 7 days.
  • Cleanse twice daily and add serum or SPF + 30 suncream.

It is instructed for you to cleanse, tone and moisturise (morning and evening) for 7 days after having the treatment done, however you should not use any exfoliating treatments; be it a wash or a mask etc.. during that time. This is pretty obvious as the process itself is a really good, thorough exfoliation, so going home and continuing to do this yourself will leave your skin sensitive and raw.

Although when researching online I read different aftercare instructions, so just use your better judgement and base it off what your esthetician says.

Final Thoughts

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30 minutes after appointment.

As you can see, my skin was slightly red, mostly my cheeks. In the close up pictures you can’t see any specific difference in my skin texture at this early stage.

My skin felt so smooth and clean though. All the fuzzy hair has been removed, along with that dirt and scum that you can feel building up and just sitting there despite using face exfoliators. My complexion was left bright and glowing, albeit a bit red to begin with, but that subsided after a couple of hours.PhotoGrid_1504922320293

These next photos were taken around 10+ hours after the treatment and you can hopefully see, in the above picture, that there is a lot less peach fuzzy visible when I have sprayed my face with toner. In the below picture, (with dry skin) I think it looks like it’s slightly glowing and my complexion already appear more even, but I’m not sure if that’s just wishful thinking…?PhotoGrid_1504922527392

As for better makeup application, I do agree, I felt it applied smoother, looked better and did last longer. I didn’t apply any makeup for the first 3 days, however that’s pretty much my MO, as said before I don’t wear makeup daily. When I did apply it was just my standard daily makeup, which you can see here.

As for the claim the treatment is said to make, I believe it met mostly all of them (of which I personally suffer from); there are some; products penetrating the skin better and collagen and elastin production, that I am either unsure of how to yet tell the difference, or I simply won’t know about those results as I am 25 and have reasonable skin already.

Comparing At Home vs Professional

The quality is better; but I was using a 81p eyebrow razor and they used a surgical blade, so it’s fair to say that was expected. However, if you cannot afford the treatment, or wish to try it before forking out the money, definitely do it yourself. If you have a steady hand and are very careful you could buy yourself a surgical blade and use that instead of the razor – but for the love of God – be careful!

I would recommend getting it done if you have a lot of fuzz on your face. I have booked another appointment in 4 weeks as I am curious as to whether continued use will better my skin quality and cause less spots. If it does, I will let you all know, if not I don’t think I would get this done regularly, it just isn’t quite worth the price tag, especially when I can do similar at home and do not suffer from a lot of facial hair. It’s not that I didn’t like the results, but for £40 every four weeks I’m not that bothered about maintaining the status quo of not getting Dermaplaning.


Have you ever had Dermaplaning or shaved your face at home? Tell me your experience, I’d love to hear what it did(n’t) do for you.

What do you think of the treatment – another pointless skincare gimmick or is there something to it? Would you get it done yourself?

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