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How to dermaplane at home

If you’re after a cutting-edge beauty treatment that will make your face look smoother and brighter, why not consider dermaplaning? If you’ve never heard of this term before, or you have and your simply curious about its benefits, keep reading.

What is dermaplaning?

Wondering what on earth dermaplaning is? Put simply, it’s just a fancy name for shaving the dead skin layer of your face. It’s a popular treatment at a lot of salons and spas, and it supposedly helps to exfoliate the skin and remove any dead skin cells, unwanted oil or excess hair from the face.

If you’d rather save some money or you’re a big fan of DIY beauty, it’s possible to dermaplane at home, too. Before you get your razor out though, there are a few things you should know about this technique first.

What are the benefits of dermaplaning?

There’s a reason why so many women choose dermaplaning. Beyond making your skin look more luminous, possible benefits include the fact:1

It removes dead skin cells and oil

A build-up of dead skin cells and sebum (oil) on our face is one of the primary causes of acne. By shaving off the top layer of skin, you’ll be cleaning out your pores and potentially making your face much less prone to spots and blackheads.

It could reduce the appearance of fine lines

For the same reason that dermaplaning is good for cleaning out your pores, it’s also thought to minimise the appearance of things like wrinkles, pockmarks and any acne scars you might have. Why? Shaving off the dead skin layer smooths out the surface of your face and should make it look more radiant. Consequently, dermaplaning is a particularly popular option for those with mature skin.

It’s an effective hair removal treatment

It’s not just men who see hair growing on their faces! Many women also see the occasional bit of fuzz, and dermaplaning is considered to be a great way of eliminating it. You’ll have to dermaplane regularly to see lasting results as it typically takes around three weeks for the hair to grow back.

You won’t need time to recover

Unlike a lot of beauty procedures which aim to improve the appearance of your skin, dermaplaning has zero recovery time. Once you’ve finished, you can simply apply a soothing and gentle serum or moisturiser and then get on with the rest of your day as normal!

Your hair won’t grow back a different shade or thickness

Contrary to popular belief, dermaplaning the hair on your face won’t make it grow back any thicker or darker than it was before. The hair follicles in your face remain completely unchanged, so you should see new hair that looks the same as it did originally.2

How to dermaplane at home

If you’re keen to see what all the fuss is about, it’s easy to dermaplane at home. All you’ll need is a specialised dermaplaning tool which looks like a scalpel and features just one blade.

Step by step guide to dermaplaning at home:3

  1. Prepare by cleansing your face and patting it dry with a towel. You should also clean your dermaplane blade.
  2. Start on one side of your face and hold your skin taut with one hand.
  3. Using the other hand, hold the dermaplaning tool at a 45-degree angle and gently move the tool in a downwards motion. Small, short strokes are best.
  4. Once you’ve dermaplaned your whole face (or the specific areas you’re keen to target), moisturize with a cream, serum or a few drops of oil such as rosehip or vitamin E. You’ll find lots of luscious options in our amazing natural beauty face care.

Is there anyone who should avoid dermaplaning?

While dermaplaning undoubtedly has its benefits, it’s not for everyone. If you have very sensitive skin, suffer from acne or have severe rosacea, you may want to give it a miss as it could irritate your skin further or even tear it if not carried out properly, so ensure you research before trying this at home.

Before trying any beauty treatment at home, make sure you’ve researched it thoroughly and are aware of any risks. If in doubt, consider going to see a dermatologist who is experienced in dermaplaning.

Last updated: 4 June 2020

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