Shaving Vs. Dermaplaning

Ok, so after this year we all know what it is like to have no access to our beauty service providers, specifically, our estheticians.

Many of my clients who have come to see me for a treatment called “dermaplaning” have asked me, “can I just shave my face with a plain razor until I can see you again?  I will get back to the answer to this question in a bit.

We have all experienced at some point in our lives an occasional rogue hair, or more disturbing, a not-so-disguised-moustache. An obvious quick remedy would be to either shave it or tweeze it. No one wants to walk around with a Mr. dark-and-scary hair protruding out of their face, and sadly, us estheticians aren’t always on hand right away for a treatment.  So, while you are currently staring at your black rogue hair in the mirror, rest assured, the answer is yes, you can shave it. This will temporarily solve your immediate problem, however, this will not give you the same short and long term results that dermaplaning provides for your skin, so don’t get used to it.

So why do people prefer professional dermaplaning over just simply shaving at home? Here is a quick run-down:

So, what is Dermaplaning and how is it different?

There is shaving, which you can do at home, and then there is dermaplaning, (a.k.a dermablading), in which you will need to see a professional esthetician for a proper and safe treatment.  So , what are the main differences? And what is this facial fad all about?As I touched on, shaving can help your immediate issue and remove the nagging hairs. With professional dermaplaning, a licensed and highly trained esthetician uses a medical grade scalpel to safely yet effectively remove the fine hairs, (the peach fuzz). But more importantly, the blade also physically exfoliates the stratum corneum, and this is the main difference from just shaving.

The stratum corneum is the outermost epidermal layer, and it consists of many dead skin cells.  Exfoliation is a key step in effective skincare.

Our skin in made of two main layers, the epidermis and the dermis. With the top layer, the epidermis, the skin cells move up from the basal layer, (the bottom layer) to the stratum corneum as the cells mature and shed off. By the time the cells, or keratinocytes, reach the stratum corneum, they are no longer living. The cycle takes 4-6 weeks depending on the persons age and other factors.

When the dead skin cells at the outermost layer don’t shed in a timely manner, we can experience many issues: Clogged pores, dull complexion, and dry and scaly patches. Dermaplaning, along with other physical and chemical forms of exfoliation, can greatly facilitate healthier skin cell turn-over by removing the build-up of dead skin cells. Dermaplaning also helps with skin texture and tone by evening out areas of excess dead skin build-up.  So why do people love this treatment? It never disappoints when looking for a younger, subtle and glowing layer of skin. Your skin products will penetrate better, your make-up will go on smoother, and if done regularly, it prevents further issues down the road with dead skin cell build-up, the list goes on.

So, for all of you wondering what to do with your little hairy face friends without access to your esthetician, go ahead and pull out the Bic razor. (And no, your hair will not grow back thicker and darker), this is a myth, and another topic for discussion.

Come see us at Mad Peaches for a much needed physical exfoliation treatment- Like a Dermaplane.  Book online or call today!