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I tried at-home dermaplaning for the first time the other day. I was so impressed with the results I decided to share what this wonderful anti-aging exfoliating treatment is, how it works, and tips for at-home use.
But, first, let's start with the basics...
Dermaplaning treatments started as a non-invasive, in-office anti-aging cosmetic procedure.
A licensed aesthetician or healthcare professional uses a very sharp blade (like a surgical blade) to shave away the very top layers of your skin, removing oil, dirt, dead skin cells, and fine hair (or peach fuzz.)
The results are younger looking, softer, smoother, clearer skin. It also helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and scars.
But now, thanks to the availability of safe, non-invasive, personal home dermablades (sometimes called face shavers, dermaplane razors, or dermaplaning tools), we can do these anti-aging exfoliating treatments at home.
Dermaplaning is like shaving your face, but the dermablade tool is different from a regular shaving razor, which was designed to just remove unwanted hair.
The single blade of a dermaplaning tool is specifically designed to exfoliate and clean the surface of the skin, along with removing excess hair.
Plus, the blades are thin, long and small, so you can reach spaces around the lips, mouth, and nose.
Most women could benefit from a monthly dermaplaning treatment. Especially, if you have:
However, if you have very sensitive skin, active acne, rosacea, eczema, or other skin issues you shouldn't try at-home dermaplaning.
More about safety issues below…
Well, the biggest advantage of at-home dermaplaning, when compared to professional dermaplaning, is the cost.
One in-office dermaplaning session at a medical spa could cost between $100-$250 per session, per person.
In contrast, you can purchase a high-quality carbon or stainless steel dermablade to use at home for under $20. And that usually includes several replacement blades too.
Note: The one I use comes with 3 refill blades. And you can reuse a blade about 3 times before switching to a new one. So, if you dermaplane about 3 times a month, you get 3 months of treatments for under $20.
Other advantages of at-home dermaplaning include:
Dermaplaning is safe for most skin types. Depending on the dermablade you use, some might experience slight skin irritation in sensitive areas right after a treatment.
First-time users should not use very sharp blades, as there might be a learning curve on how to use it properly.
And, with sharp blades, it's possible to accidentally nick or cut the skin. However, if the cut ever becomes infected, or you experience redness or discomfort, contact your dermatologist. However, this is not so common with commercially sold at-home dermablades.
For best results, always test a small area first before doing your whole face.
Who should not get at-home dermaplaning treatment?
Dermaplaning should be avoided by those who have skin issues, such as the following:
No, dermaplaning will not make your hair grow back faster or thicker. Any type of shaving or skin scraping does not change the structure of the hair follicle. This is an old myth.
Your facial hair will grow back at the same rate and same texture it always does.
Sometimes, it may feel like the hair growing back is thicker because shaving cuts the hair at its deep base, which is sometimes thicker.
So as it starts to grow, you might feel hairs emerging from the skin in the first few days. But that goes away in a day or two.
How to dermaplane at home:
Here is a detailed explanation of how to dermaplane safely and effectively at home.
1. Sterilize your dermaplaning blade. It's a good idea to wipe your new blade with alcohol and again after each use.
2. Wash your face with a mild cleanser to ensure that all of your makeup and especially oils have been removed. For best results, your skin should very dry and clean.
2-a. Apply a face oil (optional). This step is optional and not my personal favorite. However, some women like to apply a thin layer of gel, face oil.
If you have sensitive or dry mature skin, applying a thin layer of face oil can provide a protective barrier and make the blade glide easier.
3. Pull the skin taut with your fingers, hold the blade at a 45-degree angle, make short light strokes going downward.
4. Start at the side of your face by your ear, at the top of the cheek bones and make short downward strokes down to the jawline. Then go back to the top of the cheeks and go inward across the whole cheek towards the nose.
What about dermaplaning under eyes? You should not dermaplane directly under the eye area (the soft area). You should not go any higher than (the orbital bone) bony part of the upper cheeks.
5. Now go across the whole jawline, chin, around the mouth, upper lip (don't forget to get that upper lip hair).
Tip: After a few strokes, wipe the blade (sideways) against a towel to remove the dead skin, hair and oils collected. And continue, cleaning the blade every so often.
6. Now go across the forehead and crow's feet area (be careful of your eyebrows). And finally, carefully shave in-between the eyebrows. This really helps reduce the look of those 11 lines!
7. Finish off with a splash of cool water and pat it dry to finish.
8. Apply your skincare products. For best results, apply a hydrating serum like hyaluronic acid and then seal it in with a good moisturizer.
Check out this helpful video by Schick Hydro Silk Dermaplaning wand:
I use the Schick Hydro Silk Dermaplaning Wand from Amazon.
Tip: For even better results, apply a gentle lactic or glycolic acid serum. The serum will be absorbed better right after a dermaplaning treatment.
Do this after rinse and dry your skin, and before you apply your moisturizer. I use a super gentle fruit-based lactic acid serum. It’s so gentle that you don’t have to rinse it off.
Note: Don't this on your first treatment. And do not do this on sensitive skin without a patch test first.
How often you should Dermaplane?
Some dermatologists suggest that you should dermaplane about once or twice a month because your skin typically needs 1-2 weeks to heal and regenerate.
I think this suggestion is for a professional dermaplaning procedure because they use a surgical scalpel blade for a more intense treatment.
But home dermaplaning blades are not that sharp, so I find 3-4 times a month works well for me. It's best to find what works best for you, as everyone is different.
After my first at-dermaplaning session, I was surprisingly shocked. I couldn't believe how my skin glowed.
Especially in areas where I used to place a highlighter for that "special" glow. Areas like right above the eyebrows and in the upper corners of my cheeks.
I've been using scrubs, home chemical peels, and microdermabrasion machines for over 20 years. But I've never had smooth skin like this. It really glowed after I applied my moisturizer.
Note: Originally, I thought results were better using the dermaplaning tool on dry skin. But after a few treatments, my skin developed lightly irritated patches of bumps. So, now I use a face oil before dermaplaning, and it works just as well without any irritation.
A: Both are great for your skin. However, they each offer different benefits. Microdermabrasion is great if you have discoloration, brown spots or clogged pores. You can read about the difference between dermaplaning and microdermabrasion here...
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