Okay, so this post is all about something that I have been doing once a week for the last year or so, and I’m kind of obsessed with this little trick in my beauty routine. My not-so-secret secret is called dermaplaning – and it’s taking over the beauty world by storm. So you’re probably thinking to yourself, “What the actual heck is dermaplaning?” Skininc.com defines dermaplaning as “a simple and safe procedure for exfoliating the epidermis and ridding the skin of fine vellus hair (peach fuzz). It has been used for many years, but most estheticians don’t even know it exists…” hence my not-so-secret secret. Basically, dermaplaning is shaving the skin on the face to get rid of any dead skin cells and those small, nearly invisible baby hairs that can sometimes make foundation look cakey on application. This simple trick has been known to even the skin tone, diminish the appearance of acne scarring overtime, and enhances the texture of the skin. On top of these amazing perks, dermaplaning also allows skincare products to sink deeper into the skin and prevents pores from filling up with dead skin cells or left behind makeup remnants. Dermaplaning professionally done can cost upwards of $100.00, and a broke college girl with a shopping addiction can’t swing that once a week, so I found an easy, affordable, at home hack to share with you!
But first, let’s de-bunk a few myths. I love sharing this underground beauty trick with others, and the first thing almost everyone asks is, “Doesn’t your hair grow back thicker and darker?” And the answer is: NO! Dermaplaning is simply grazing the surface of the skin and ridding the skin of peach fuzz and dead skin cells. I have been doing this for well over a year now, and if anything, I have noticed less growth of peach fuzz on my face.
So how do I perform my very own dermaplaning at home? I found these super high quality Professional Eyebrow & Hair Razors from cosmetic company The Crème Shop for just $10.00! They came in a pack of three super cute pastel colored razors, with a mega sharp blade (be careful!). If you want to order these for yourself, which I highly recommend, you can find them here!
So first I just prep my skin by removing any makeup I had on that day (which is almost always a full face) by using makeup remover wipes. Right now my favorite wipes are the Say Yes to Carrots Nourishing Gentle Cleansing Wipes and I just make sure to really clean up as much as I can. Next, to remove any remaining makeup, I use a gentle cleanser to ensure a clean canvas. Now for the fun part: dermaplaning! The best way that I have found to do this is to pull the skin just slightly so that it is nice and taut, but not too much to wear it will stretch out your skin. This ensures that the blade will get precise contact with the skin and a nice, close shave. Carefully, in small, quick, downward strokes, scrape the edge of the razor while keeping away from the lips and eyes (and be careful not to knick your eyebrows in the process! Been there done that!). Once you’re all done with this step, you should already notice a slight glow in your skin and your skin will be INSANELY smooth, let me just tell you. Once I’ve done this, I go ahead with my usual skincare routine, which is centered around calming products and skin tone evening products. Here are some of my favorites to use after a dermaplaning sesh!
1. Peter Thomas Roth Cucumber Gel Mask & Cucumber De-Tox Balancing Essence Water Mist
2. Ole Henriksen Balancing Cucumber Face Mist & Boscia Charcoal Pore Pudding Mask
3. Belif The True Cream – Aqua Bomb
And that’s my super secret, but also not a secret at all beauty hack for this year! This has SAVED my acne-prone skin and it’s my favorite aspect of my skincare routine! Make sure you try it out and let me know in the comments what you think! Happy shaving!