Happy Monday Mes Amies!
I'm excited. Here in Boston we have our first sunset that is after 5:00 pm today. That might not seem like a big deal, but is to us here in New England. It gets so dark, so early here. We really should be in the Atlantic time zone. Alas, we are not.  

Anyway, what I want to chat with you guys today is dermaplaning. Dermaplaning might be the single best thing I've done for my skin aside from regular sun screen use.

You might be asking "Okay, but what is dermaplaning?"  I'm so glad that you asked.

Dermaplaning is a form of exfoliation. It is done by gently scraping the surface of the skin with a surgical scalpel to remove dead skin and peach fuzzNo, it's not the same as "shaving".  Dermaplaning  requires a surgical scalpel to cut close enough to the skin and also be sensitive enough to capture those small hairs and top layer of dead skin cells, it is much more meticulous and up-close than shaving.
Professional dermaplaning also removes dirt and oil buildup in your hair follicles, which often occurs if you have excess hair on your face. Long story short, dermaplaning provides much better exfoliation than shaving does.

 At any given moment, we have layers of dead skin cells just sitting on our faces. These layers of dead  skin cause acne and clogged pores.  Also, these layers of dead skin seriously dull your complexion.
 Dermaplaining gives you baby soft skin and a much smoother makeup application. It doesn't matter how light or sparse your peach-fuzz might be. It still impedes a flawless foundation /blush/bronzer application.
I've see the old wives tale come up countless times- "Any removal of hair makes it grow back thicker and darker!" Folks, its simply NOT true. If it were, anyone who was balding or going gray could just shave their heads and have their hair bounce right back to being full and pigmented. Life just does not work like that, sorry.
Dermaplaing your face will not leave you with more or darker peach-fuzz than what you have right now.

Also, freshly dermaplaned skin can absorb serums and lotions so much better, as the dead skin cells are no longer acting as a barrier.

So, Who should try demaplaning?  In my opinion, everyone with a few exceptions. If you currently are in the thick of an acne breakout or some other flair up, avoid it. A scalpel on pimples or psoriasis flair ups would be torture. Aside from that, most anyone will benefit from it.
Of course, you should have a licensed aesthetician do this. We are talking about a surgical scalpel to your face. This isn't something that you and your sister, cousin or friend should be attempting on each other.

That said, after having this done professionally for two years, I just decided to try it at home.
Let me state right here and now, I'M NOT ENCOURAGING ANYONE TO TRY THIS AT HOME. If you do choose to do so, it's at your own risk and peril.  

I took my time and kept a very steady hand. I was very pleased with my results.

If you want the benefits of dermaplaning but can't make it to the aesthetician's office, please don't think you should start off by putting a scalpel to your face, that scares me for you. I'd suggest buying these  Tinkle Razors 
These are a much safer bet. You'll get most of the benefits of traditional dermaplaing without the risk of a surgical grade scalpel in the hands of someone not trained to use it.

How often should you have a demaplaing treatment done? Once monthly seems to be the general consensus among the pros. I will tell you though, that baby smooth feeling is addictive!

Does it hurt? Nope, not in the least little bit.

How long does it take?  Roughly, about 30-45 minutes. There is no "downtime" afterwards either.

Okay, I think that covers everything. Have you tried dermaplaning? Would you?  I'd love to know.

I hope your week goes as smooth as a freshly dermaplaned face ;)


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