“Babe, do not do that to your face. You’re going to end up with a 5 o’clock shadow.”
– My boyfriend’s reaction to my explanation of dermaplaning.
That’s pretty much what I expected since facial hair removal is still somewhat taboo unless we’re talking about waxing eyebrows. You’ve heard of dermaplaning, right? I bet you have, even if you haven’t heard the exact term. Maybe you follow beauty guru, Huda Kattan, on Instagram and have seen that cute video of her lathered up with shaving cream, or you know that celebrities from the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe to the Real Housewives have been shaving their faces, not so openly, for decades. In Japan, face shaving is called Kao Sori and they even have salons offering clean, safe shaves in combination with masks and such. So it’s probably a little more mainstream than you realized.
For years we’ve been told that once you start shaving your hair it’s going to grow back thicker, darker, courser, but it’s simply not the case. That li’l bit of peach fuzz on your cheeks, forehead, nose, lip, etc. is just vellus hair. By nature it is soft and fine and removing it is not going to change those characteristics. Now that we’ve got that old wives’ tale out of the way let’s talk about what dermaplaning is.
According to Charlotte’s Book, dermaplaning is a method of exfoliation that consists of using a sharp blade to gently scrape off the top layer of dulling dead skin cells in order to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion.
Slow your roll, big wheel. It’s not as terrifying as it sounds. Safer and more effective than taking a regular razor to your face (ladies, put down the Gillettes), dermaplaning is performed by a trained and certified esthetician. Recommended for anyone needing a little extra exfoliation, a more even skin tone, temporary hair removal if you have an aversion to waxing, this treatment is our special this month and one of our most common procedures around the office.
Though my hair is very light, I feel like I’m definitely on the fuzzier side so I’ve tried the dermaplane with micro-peel combination before. Now if you’ve kept up with previous posts you know that I have a very bare-bones skincare regimen. All I use is the Vivier Hexam cleanser followed up with our Phyto-Moisture complex and our medium tinted moisturizer during the day. I tend to go a little overboard with exfoliating my face so I don’t even try to go there with at-home care. Lack of exfoliation with this crazy cold, windy Kansas weather and my already naturally dry skin means my face is in need of a little TLC. So I’m going to opt for the dermaplane with facial rather than a peel.
I had my Dermaplane + Express Facial today with Shea and it’s a pretty simple process. First, she cleansed my skin and applied this minty, fresh prepping solution. Once my skin is clean and dry she began dermaplaning. Starting with my forehead, she pulled my skin taut and held the dermaplaning tool against it (talk about having trust in your boss) and scraped with teeny tiny downward strokes, removing dead skin cells and vellus hair. She continued that motion, over my whole face. Once that very top layer of skin has been removed they would do extractions if you have any problem areas. I am guilty of picking any acne I have into a pulp so there wasn’t much extracting Shea could do for me. Next she put on a calming mask, we have a few different masks available but I opted for whatever Shea thought was best. They’re the professionals after all. After hanging out for a few minutes she removed the mask and applied our finishing products. Finishing products consist of an eye cream (Neocutis Lumiere is an office favorite), serums, and then a moisturizer and sunscreen, which are sometimes a combined step. The girls finish off every facial with a little bit of our botanical lip enhancer…. LOVE!
When it’s all said and done let me tell you this….. You don’t realize how much hair you have on your face until it’s been sheared off and laying on a drape next to you. I happen to be slightly sensitive so I was pink for about a half hour but that resolved way before I was getting ready to go out after work. By nature I am pretty low-maintenance when it comes to makeup (read: I don’t know what I’m doing) but if you or any of your friends are big makeup-buffs they will fall in love with this treatment. In addition to leaving your skin soft and glowy, it’s going to make it the best possible canvas for makeup. You couldn’t make it look cakey if you tried.
For those of your that follow us on social media, we were attempting to put together our first video post for today but with the WOW issues we’ve been experiencing the last 3 or 4 days we just couldn’t make it happen. Keep an eye out for a link to it later on and in the meantime I’m going to try to get a timelapse video on our Insta feed. As always, if you have any questions or comments please let us know. And if you’re interested give us a call and schedule while it’s on sale!
Dermaplane + Micro Peel or Dermaplane + Express Facial for $99