Time to Start Shaving Your Face: Dermaplaning 101
Yeah I know what you’re all thinking. You’re probably here right now because you think I’ve totally lost it and you want to be here to witness it, but I swear I haven’t! Truth is, I’m obsessed with shaving my face aka dermaplaning, and here’s why you should be, too.
Wait, What’s Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is a method of exfoliation that’s kind of like microdermabrasion, but even deeper! Many salons and spas offer dermaplaning where an esthetician uses a 10 gauge scalpel, yes a medical scalpel, to scrape the top layer of your skin. Doing this removes your dead skin cells at the deepest layer, revealing your softest, smoothest, and brightest skin possible. If you’re freaked out about the thought of someone using a scalpel that doctors normally use to cut people open with on your face….well I guess that’s understandable. There is another option! A much more affordable one that still delivers great results.
Is it Safe?
Dermaplaning is safe for all skin types, except for acne prone skin. If you have a few blemishes that’s okay, just avoid them while dermaplaning. However, this method can irritate blemishes on your skin if you aren’t careful.
Does it Hurt?
Not at all! Well unless you cut yourself. I’ve done it a few times now myself and haven’t nicked myself once. It literally feels like shaving your legs, which isn’t painful at all. As long as you don’t press too hard, you’ll be fine.
What Will my Face Look Like When I’m Done?
I did my research before I tried this and all the blogs and YouTubers said that you should have no side effects. Not sure if they were lying or if my skin is just really sensitive, but I definitely had some redness allover my face when I was done. If you’ve ever had a chemical peel, the side effects of that were really similar for me. My face was a little bit itchy, it was a little bit red, and was a little sensitive to sunlight. However, my side effects passed within the night and it was SO worth it the next morning when I saw and felt my skin.
Dermaplaning at Home:
Since it costs anywhere from $100-$300, depending on where you live, to get dermaplaning done at a spa, I decided to just try it myself at home. Other bloggers and YouTubers were doing it, so why not right?! The worst I could do was shave my face off.
Order a set of tinkle razors from Amazon, they are only $5! This is too affordable not to try. Yes, they are for your eyebrows, but they work amazingly on your face for dermaplaning! Be careful about where you buy these from. Some stores on the internet are selling fake Dorco tinkle razors. The ones I linked are authentic and from the same retailer I ordered mine from!
Make sure your face is clean and completely dry. I wash my face and dermaplane before I use my serum and moisturizer before bed. It works best on completely clean and dry skin. Take your tinkle razor in one hand, and pull the area of your skin you’re about to dermaplane tight. You’ll want to hold the razor at a 45 degree angle and softly scrape off the dead skin cells. Do not do the same area of your face repeatedly. I did that the first time and my skin was so red! Be careful around your nose, eyes, and forehead! Your skin is more sensitive in those areas. There are so many Youtube videos that can show you how to do it much easier than I can explain it, haha. Carli Bybel has a good video you can see, here.
- Immediate brighter complexion
- Smoother + softer skin
- Clears blackheads
- Gets rid of acne scars over time
- Makeup goes on FLAWLESSLY
If you’re a beauty junkie like me, you’ll probably love this. I know it sounds like an odd concept, but I swear it works! Some of the best beauty hacks are the weird ones, right?
Have you ever tried dermaplaning?