Removing dead skin has never been easier thanks to a plethora of chemical and physical exfoliants offered on the market. But, do you ever feel like sometimes your face feels smooth immediately after using a chemical exfoliant, only to wake up with rough skin the next day? If your answer is yes, let me introduce you to dermaplaning, a form of physical exfoliation that lasts long and can be done from the comfort of your home. There are plenty of benefits that come from dermaplaning correctly. As long as you have the right tools and know how often to do it, you won’t regret trying it out.
What is dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning involves using a single-edge blade to skim dead skin cells and peach fuzz off your face. It’s an advanced form of exfoliation that reveals smoother, clearer, and more radiant skin by boosting cell turnover. According to aesthetician and founder of StackedSkincare, Kerry Benjamin, dermaplaning can be beneficial to people with any skin type, as long as you don’t have a large amount of pustular acne covering your face. However, it’s best for those looking to remove unwanted hair and achieve a deeper exfoliation.
*NOTE: Dermaplaning is not for everyone. Some experience breakouts and irritation afterwards because it’s not the right treatment for their skin. Unfortunately, it’s a matter of trial and error.
How to try dermaplaning at home
While many estheticians suggest having professional dermaplaning done in-office, doing the treatment to yourself at home is becoming more and more popular thanks to Tiktok. The first step is to find a quality face razor. *No, you cannot use the razors you use for your body hair* StackedSkincare’s Dermaplaning Tool is affordable, easy to handle, and made for at-home use. If you’re looking to splurge, Dermaflash has an award-winning electric razor that glides effortlessly over your skin. However, if you’re a first-timer or just looking to save money, Tweezerman’s face razor is cheap, yet high quality for all your hair-removal and exfoliation needs.
Pull back the hair on your head
Wash your face prior to dermaplaning
Perform on dry skin
Hold skin taut
Use light, feathery downwards motions
Shave at a 45 degree angle
Load up on hydrating ingredients after
Leave your hairline exposed
Perform on a dirty face
Apply an oil or serum first (this will only remove hair, not dead skin cells)
Shave over breakouts
Use active ingredients directly after
A common misconception that keeps most women from dermaplaning is the fear that their hair will grow back darker and coarser. As someone who was once new to dermaplaning and had this fear, I can attest to the fact that this is indeed, a myth. Even though you shouldn’t be touching your face often, dermaplaning will make it nearly impossible to resist. With fewer clogged pores, smoother skin, and a glowing complexion, I would go as far as to call it skinsational.
Sadly, many women feel ashamed and insecure about dermaplaning because “shaving” your face was predominately viewed as a male practice. However, companies like StackedSkincare have made it a therapeutic routine for women that reaps various skin benefits. So, there you have it, folks. Just another example of women staying on the same plane as men, except with a better (dermaplane) tool.