Notes on At Home Dermaplaning

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 tentatively tried to shave my face, but as I gained confidence that I wasn’t going to slice my face open, I began applying enough pressure and speed to my strokes to get 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 so 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, not nearly as extreme as when I do exercise though! I find it a good idea to do it inbetween other exfoliations and definitely not on the same evening as sensitive skin won’t be able to handle it.

The process

So I usually start 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 follow with serum and a moisturiser.

Results

I’m left with smoother skin that easily absorbs all the beauty products I apply and my make-up 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 but 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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How To Avoid Crocodile Hands this Winter

 

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I usually start off with one of my year-round essentials for great cuticles – a good cuticle oil. I’ve used and liked this one from the Body Shop before (the smell is heavenly!) but whilst this one from Sally Hansen isn’t as convenient it is just such better value. Regular application keeps my cuticles from becoming dry and white, making it easy to keep them at bay.

I usually follow this up with a thinner Vitamin E-based hand cream. Something like the cult classic from Vaseline usually does the job. It just immediately soothes and gets absorbed, leaving my hands feeling wonderfully soft. I’ll often pop something like this on during the day as well as it doesn’t leave my hands feeling greasy and it isn’t gross to touch anything afterwards.

I then follow this up with a more intensive cream, like the ones pictured above from Woolworths. They feel almost like a butter in the sense that they are definitely oil based and take a while to absorb, which makes them great for P.M. applications.

So this is my three-step routine for soft hands. I also try to put on gloves when facing extreme cold in mornings, just for extra protection. How do you tackle dry hands in the winter?

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My Beauty Routine

DSC_3897I’ve been promising to tell you about my skin care philosophy and routine for quite some time now, so it is long overdue, but here it is at last! I follow a very basic skincare routine and my philosophy is quite simple.

I believe that when you properly take care of your skin, you’ll reap the rewards in years to come and you can also get away with a little less makeup which is always a bonus. Saying that, quality beauty products don’t have to cost a fortune you just have to know your skin and find what suits you. I don’t yet have any major problems apart from dryness/sensitivity but I know that what I am doing now is an investment in my future, at least my skin’s future.

I did have slightly problematic skin in my very early teen years so my mother introduced me to Clinique’s three-step program which resolved all of those issues. Surprisingly I started with combination skin, which gradually got drier until eventually my beloved Dramatically Different wasn’t enough. I have since completely changed my routine, to be more budget friendly and to better suit my needs.

I use a Dove sensitive soap (not pictured) to wash my face after I’ve removed the bulk of my makeup. I scrub my face twice to three times a week with my Dirty Works scrub and usually follow that with a Moisture Glow. In the evening I use a Rose Water and Hazelwitch spray as a gentle astringent.

In the summer I use a Neutrogena oil-free moisturiser with sunblock and in the winter and evening I use Nivea Soft which is high in Jojoba and Vitamin E oil. I’ll still sometimes use a little DD cream under my makeup as it just feels great, but I won’t be repurchasing it.

The only problem I currently face is finding a quality eye cream on a budget. I’m close to finishing my Estee Lauder free gift and I’ve been spoiled. So if you’ve got any suggestions, please send through!

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Finally, last but not least is my hero product! It is the Vitamin E Face Oil from the Body Shop. I know that this has recently been replaced with the Serum-in-oil which sounds great, but I managed to score this baby for about R10 (yes it is a bargain!) with a few Clicks vouchers and a sale. This really leaves my skin feeling soft, plump and moisturised. And I don’t know if I am imagining it but my pores even look smaller! It doesn’t feel greasy at all and is easily absorbed in seconds. I just warm a few drops in the palms of my hands and then gently massage it into my face and neck avoiding the eye area. Occasionally I’ll finish with a little 8 Hour Cream on my cheakbones/eye area and that is skincare done!

Have you got any other tips for me?

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