Dermaplaning is a skincare topic that seriously splits people’s views.
We totally understand why!
A first glance, the scary thought of a sharp blade against your skin is little scary.
But if the procedure promises to be painless, quick and gives dull skin a serious glow, it makes it intriguing to try .
However like we said, a dermaplaning tool is basically a knife sliding against your skin, so you need to be really careful with how you do it!
Or perhaps maybe we are being a little bit too dramatic.
It is actually heckuva' lot less terrifying than undergoing a chemical peel, laser treatment or microdermabrasion at your local spa practioner.
To get achieve the most dermaplaning benefits follow the instructions below.
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Here is the complete low down on how to dermaplane at home effectively and safely.
Step 1. Purchase the dermaplaning tool
You will need the correct facial razor to complete the dermaplane facial.
You can find it here.
Step 2. Wash your face
Get your skin ready by cleansing with a gentle cleanser to ensure all makeup and oils are removed from the skin.
Rinse and dry your face.
Step 3. Apply a gel, face oil or lotion (optional)
Apply a thin layer of a gel, face oil or lotion on your face.
We recommend a sweet almond, apricot or jojoba oil to allow for blade to glide easier on the skin with less irritation.
Some people prefer not to apply anything. Its a matter of personal choice.
Step 4. Downward strokes
Wet the dermaplaning blade in warm water and then start with downward strokes – start shaving with the hair growth.
It's important to have the correct angle for best results.
Use short strokes at a 45-degree angle.
Don’t forget to use a mirror as face shaving blindly is not really a good idea!
Step 5. Rinse and repeat
Rinse the dermablade frequently to dislodge the dead skin cells and the facial hair on it.
Thoroughly make your way through the different sections of your face targeting:
- eyebrow area
- upper lips
Once done, go over your face again, this time against the hair growth.
This provides a greater exfoliation effect on the layers of skin.
Remember to continue to stroke the blade against the skin at a 45-degree angle.
Step 6. Splash and cool off
Finish off by splashing your face with cool water and pat dry.
Step 7. Apply your skincare products
The skin is most receptive to skin care and topicals immediately after dermablading.
It’s more permeable than normal because of the pathways the procedure has created.The exfoliated skin paves an easier path for the nutrients to absorb into the skin for maximum benefits.
During this small window, which is usually the first 1-5 minutes after a treatment, is your opportunity to pass nutrients down to your cells in the lower skin layers.
At this point, apply your favorite serum or moisturizer to your face.
DERMAPLANING BEFORE AND AFTER TIPS
Dermaplaning can keep your skin looking bouncy, smooth and supple; baby’s bottom anyone?
As with any cosmetic procedure, diet, lifestyle choice etc, there are some things you can do to get the most of the dermaplane experience.
- When you are dermaplaining, make sure to use your thumb and index finger to pull about an inch or two of you skin taut. This will keep your skin tight, and prevent accidental cuts
- For sterile purposes its recommended to throw away the blade after each use however, you may use it until it gets dull
- After treatment, avoid excessive physical activity that makes you sweat
- Avoid direct contact with sun for 48-72 hours on the applied area.
- Avoid applying cosmetics immediately after use
- Wear sunscreen daily. It should be skincare second nature, but just in case you weren’t aware, it is the best daily anti-ager in your arsenal. Find one with at least a 15+ protection and reapply as necessary throughout the day and/or before prolonged UVA/UVB exposure.
- Also make sure to use a gentle daily cleanser
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I DERMAPLANE?
Many people, especially new users, believe that the more often they undergo the procedure, the better.
This is the exact opposite of what really happens.
On the average, your skin takes about 1-2 weeks to repair and rebuild.
Undergoing the process again before the skin is healed, interrupts the healing process and makes the dermaplaning process not as effective.
Skin inflammation or irritation is a signal that something is not quite right. It could be due to excessive dermaplaning which causes overexfoliation.
On the other hand, dead skin will accumulate if you don’t exfoliate enough. This will lead to dull skin, clogged pores leading to acne and noticeable vellus hair.
Each of us has a different skin type. Patience is the key to successful dermablading.
So, please try and wait it out and evaluate your skins condition before undergoing the process again.
Are you ready to give dermaplaning a try?