|Dermaplaning: The way to get great skin!|
|Written by Heather White|
Consider this exceptional approach to exfoliation.
When it comes to skincare, we often get to a point where we consider seeking outside help. As we start getting older, we may notice that our skin has lost its luminosity. We have developed a fuzzy face and we realize that the over-the-counter remedies that we've been using are simply not as effective anymore. This is when some of us decide to seek professional help. The answer is dermaplaning, with many benefits for your skin.
During the teenage years, skin naturally exfoliates every two weeks. This means that fresh, youthful skin is revealed as the outer layer of dead skin cells is shed, This helps to keep the complexion youthful and glowing. Skin can become dull when blood flow and oxygenation of skin cells is reduced. As you age, it’s necessary to add some form of exfoliation into your skincare regimen. There are many forms of exfoliation: granulated facial scrubs, enzyme or chemical peels, AHA peels and professional treatments that do a deeper exfoliation with the added benefit of your skincare specialist infusing professional products deeper into the skin. Always get advice on what type of exfoliation will suit your skin; everyone is different.
What is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is an intensive and safe procedure for exfoliating the epidermal tissue and ridding the skin of fine vellus hair. It’s a form of manual exfoliation similar in theory to microdermabrasion, but without the use of suction or abrasive crystals. In my opinion, it’s a slicker, smoother form of abrasion. A sterile blade is stroked along the skin. Yes, it does sound scary, but trust me - it’s at an angle to gently “shave off” dead skin cells from the epidermis. Your skincare specialist is doing the stroking while holding the area of the skin taut.
The normal skin growth cycle is around 28 days. Since dermablading removes about 2-3 weeks worth of dead skin cells, it's best to wait about 3-4 weeks between treatments. Use a professional who is qualified in doing this procedure; it takes skill and an understanding of the skin function to carry out this treatment.
The improvement is immediate with smoother texture and fresh skin appearance. It’s great for removing light surface wrinkling and improves the overall texture of the skin, it helps to unblock blackheads making the pores appear smaller, and it speeds up healthy cell production. As with any type of deeper exfoliation, the removal of dead skin cells allows professional and home care products to be more effective, evens skin tone and assists in reducing milia and minor breakouts.
It helps with acne scarring with a course of treatments. It’s suitable for almost everyone except those with acne-prone skin. The oil from the sebaceous glands needs to travel up and connect with the vellous hair in order for it to be excreted. If the hair is removed and the oil builds up, the glands are obstructed and this causes more breakouts. This is the only skin condition for which I would avoid this treatment.
As an exfoliating treatment, which is an alternative to chemical peels or microdermabrasion, dermaplaning has added benefits. It removes fine facial hair (peach fuzz) as well as being an intensive skin rejuvenating treatment. I know there may be concerns regarding the removal of vellus hair. It’s the number one question, so let me explain about HAIR.
The fine, translucent downy hair on your face is vellus hair and is found on your face, chest and back. The base of the vellus hair lies very close to the skin’s surface. This is totally different from terminal hair, which is far coarser and grows on your head, underarms, pubic area and brows. Because vellus hair is so fine and different from terminal hair, cutting it DOES NOT make it grow in thicker or feel stubbly afterwards. Men’s facial hair is terminal hair, ours is vellus. As we age, we get more peach fuzz. Many women remove it regularly with threading, waxing and now dermaplaning!
Dermaplaning is great treatment on it’s own ($65) or I love it with Intraceuticals Rejuvenate Oxygen treatments, infusing a low-weight hyaluronic acid, vitamins and antioxidants into the skin. It provides the skin with immediate visible age defying results, immense hydration, and lifted and toned look. It’s a fabulous drink for the skin!