Notes on At Home Dermaplaning

At home dermaplaning tools

If you are even remotely interested in the beauty industry, chances are you’ve heard of dermaplaning. It is is one of the latest beauty techniques that involves a trained aesthetician shaving your face with scalpel, which of course sounds so appealing (NOT!). Basically it removes all peach fuzz and dead skin cells and it is not invasive at all, comparable to a more extreme microdermabrasion. I’ve heard a tonne of international beauty bloggers talking about it but haven’t really heard anything about it from our local scene. So when I spotted these face razors (called Brow Razors) in Dischem I jumped at the chance of trying the treatment at home.

The Tools

International bloggers all recommend these from Amazon, but I just picked up these brow razors from Dischem. They were around R25 for three and I suspect I’ll get around two uses out of each. Initially I thought they weren’t sharp enough as I wasn’t getting any results. As I gained enough confidence that I wasn’t going to slice open my face, I was able to apply enough pressure and speed to my strokes to get real results.

The prep

Resist the urge to add something for lubrication and only do this on clean, dry skin as you might be removing some of the top layer of your skin. You really don’t want anything to clog your pores. The friction is minor as the hairs are generally very fine on your face. The risk of actually hurting yourself is minimal. I only experienced slight discomfort, not unlike shaving your underarms.

Timing

I like to do this in the evening as it does leave my skin slightly red and irritated. I find it a good idea to do it in between other exfoliations and definitely not on the same evening. My sensitive skin won’t be able to handle it.

The process

I usually start shaving my face where I have the most peach fuzz, which for me is between my brows and hairline (also the reason I never bring foundation up to my forehead). I hold the blade at a 30-45 degree angle and then work in short strokes down my face, trying not to go over the same area too often. You might have to pull the skin taught with your other hand, especially on fleshier parts like your cheeks. Every now and again I give the blade a wipe as the hair gathers around it and continue. You don’t have to do your entire face and should definitely skip your eyes and lips.

Once I’m done with my whole face, I follow with a toner (to remove all the dead skin cells left on my face) and finish with serum and a moisturiser.

Results

I’m left with smoother skin that easily absorbs all the beauty products I apply. My make-up also applies noticeably smoother. As mentioned earlier, my slightly red and irritated skin was happy as can be the next morning. Depending on how hairy you are, you can repeat the process roughly every two weeks.

Comparing at home to salon dermabrasion

I haven’t had a salon treatment, so I’m not the best to answer this. From what I’ve read I think an at-home treatment is milder and more focused on removing hair versus the entire top layer of your epidermis. It does do a good job of removing dead skin cells and leaves my skin noticeably smoother, but you might get even better results with a trained professional. However I’m so happy with the at home results, I can’t imagine I’d ever want to pay for a professional.

My skin is generally very sensitive, so I was surprised and happy to find that I had such a mild reaction. It really looked like I’d just gone a bit crazy with the face scrub. Have you tried at home dermaplaning? Or does it all sound a little gimmicky to you?

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