Why should naturally glowy skin be exclusive to models, celebrities, and beauty editors? Chalked up to good genes and a stellar beauty squad, the rest of us never thought we could achieve this airbrushed effect—that is until we learned about dermaplaning, the world’s latest skincare obsession. With this super effective exfoliating treatment, bright, luminous skin is surprisingly easy and pain-free.
What Is Dermaplaning?
So, what exactly is this scientific-sounding procedure? Don’t worry, it doesn’t require any major surgery. Dermaplaning is a clinical name for shaving—yes, we are talking about shaving your face. Simply put, it’s a skin care treatment that removes dead skin cells and vellus hair, a.k.a. peach fuzz, using a sharp, sterile blade in gentle upward motions.
According to cosmetic surgeon and skin expert Dr. Jonquille Chantrey, "Dermaplaning cleverly triggers the cell regeneration process," allowing skincare products and treatments to soak into the skin more easily and perform much more efficiently.
Not only does this powerful exfoliating procedure get rid of flaky patches and peach fuzz that traps debris and oils, giving the skin a dull look, it also instantly improves skin texture and tone for a brighter, smoother, glowing, and more youthful makeup canvas. You can also expect “fewer wrinkles and dark spots, reduction of acne scarring, and the removal of fine facial hair," says Stacked Skincare founder Kerry Benjamin. Okay, we’re sold on dermaplaning! But what’s the damage?
Should You Try Dermaplaning?
You can expect to spend $150 to $250 per treatment depending on your aesthetician, with additional appointments every month or so to keep up appearances. Though dermaplaning is painless, it’s not always a relaxing spa experience either. Once the aesthetician starts scraping your face, you must refrain from making any sudden movements, as you would while shaving your legs at home. Everyone’s experience is different, as everyone has different skin insecurities and issues.
Dermaplaning is usually done alone or with a combination of skin peels. The aesthetician will clean your skin with an antiseptic and apply a light exfoliate before gently shaving your entire face. Post-exfoliation, your skin is especially susceptible to products and sun exposure. Applying Vitamin C or E serums in the morning, retinol cream at night, tons of SPF, and at-home peels between professional treatments can really boost and maintain your results. "I always tell my clients that they can't just treat their skin when they see me—they have to do it at home too," Kerry Benjamin says.
Patients with sun damage, fine lines, very dry skin and dull skin are great candidates for dermaplaning. However, those who suffer from active acne, pigmentation problems, or excessive facial hair caused by a hormone imbalance should avoid dermaplaning. Though shaving will not make your hair grow back heavier or darker, regular waxing, threading, and laser hair removal are all better options to remove excessive facial hair. Inflammatory skin such as rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis should also avoid this procedure, as it could lead to uncomfortable irritation.
So, Can You Dermaplane At Home?
Because this procedure involves a sharp scalpel, leave this one to the pros. Only see a licensed doctor or medical aesthetician from a dermatology or plastic surgeon practice to ensure the best and safest results. In about 30 minutes you’ll leave with baby-soft skin that’s too smooth not to touch. "It's perfectly fine and common to make an appointment during lunch and go right back to work after the 40-minute treatment," says NY-based medical aesthetician Tamila Deveny.
So, are you ready to shave face?