Dermaplaning…the good, the bad, the ugly.

Dermaplaning…the good, the bad, the ugly.

Dermaplaning…the good, the bad, the ugly.

            Have you heard of dermaplaning? It’s currently all over social media as the hottest new way to create the enviable, glowy, dewy skin lusted after by many. Yes, technically speaking it’s yet another way to exfoliate and remove the top layer of dull, dead skin but after trying it out myself I can say with confidence that it’s unlike anything previously offered in mainstream spas. So, if you’re curious and wanting to learn more…read on!

            What does an aesthetician need with a surgical grade scalpel? If you’re lucky enough to find someone with capable hands this scalpel is going to be your new best friend. The treatment usually starts with a facial- basic cleansing and steaming help prep the skin which makes the whole process smoother-no pun intended. A fresh, ultra-sharp scalpel is then carefully swept across your face in short, calculated strokes which feels exactly like shaving (assuming you shave with crazy sharp surgical stainless steel.) I was a little tense being totally conscious of this scary implement literally millimeters from my eye and carotid artery. (FYI- watching the movie; Sweeny Todd just a few days before doesn’t help ease nerves.)

            It wasn’t painful at all, once I relaxed a bit it actually felt kind of nice and refreshing. However, even with careful, experienced hands I did get nicked at the tip of my nose which happened so fast I barely felt it. The whole thing took a little over 15 minutes and I emerged with the smoothest skin imaginable. You see, along with dead, lackluster skin the dermaplaning also removes those fine baby hairs that while typically don’t bother anyone; only once removed do you wonder how you lived your life as hairy cousin IT, practically drowning in all that facial hair.

            My makeup looked ahhhhhhmazing for the next couple months with this unreal glow and smoothness usually reserved for Snapchat filters. Even with my little mishap (the scalpel slip) it didn’t deter me from going back for more of this “cutting edge” (I love word play, lol) procedure. I have heard from frequent beauty posts that there’s a DIY method which requires dollar store eyebrow razor shapers and a steady hand. I can’t responsibly recommend doing this yourself; however of you’ve tried it, send me a message… I’d love to know the experience you’ve hand and the results.

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