I’m pretty much up for trying anything skin related. As I step into my late thirties and those fine lines start to turn into fully fledged wrinkles, I’ll do anything in my power to keep my skin looking and feeling as healthy as possible. The skin of my twenties is definitely long behind me, but if I cling on to as much plumpness and radiance as I can the results will only be welcome! I’ve tried Botox (read all about my first experience here,) love light therapy (read all about the at-home red light device I swear by here) and have tried every kind of facial under the sun, but something I’d never thought was worthy of my attention was dermaplaning.
You may recognise the name, you may have even seen a demo pop up on your Instagram feeds, but you probably don’t really know what dermaplaning is; it’s not just about removing that ‘peach fuzz’ (which I couldn’t care less about to be honest,) but instead works as a skin-boosting and makeup-loving treatment that will leave your complexion looking its most radiant. Intrigued? Read on…
WHAT IS DERMAPLANING?
A facial treatment that involves essentially scraping away any hair and dead skin cells from the surface of skin, using a very sharp blade. It’s absolutely pain-free, super fast (it takes only around 20-30 minutes) and offers a multitude of benefits. When conducted via a trained facialist or dermatologist, dermaplaning is a great way to boost your beauty regime and an even better way to take an hour out of your day – it’s done after thorough cleansing and usually a soothing mask follows to deliver goodness deep into the skin.
HOW LONG DOES DERMAPLANING LAST?
Our skin has a turnover rate of 4-8 weeks, meaning ideally it needs to be done pretty regularly for ongoing benefits. However, personally I think it’s a good treatment to have at the start of every season or when your skin is just not looking its best; it’s a great boost, especially if you’re not a fan of more invasive treatments or facials.
WHO IS DERMAPLANING SUITABLE FOR?
It’s specifically beneficial for anyone suffering with dullness or blocked pores, as well as those experiencing the signs of ageing. It’s not ideal for anyone with super sensitive, irritated or acne-prone skin as the removal of skin cells may lead to further inflammation or aggravation. It’s also not a good idea if you’re already engaging in a hardcore exfoliation routine, as your skin may not appreciate you removing even more cells from the surface.
IS THERE ANY DOWNTIME FOLLOWING DERMAPLANING?
You do have to be careful with your skin for a short time after the treatment, avoiding makeup for 24 hours and removing any harsh ingredients (such as acids or Retinol) from your routine for a week or two. It’s also vitally important to wear SPF every day, as the skin will be more sensitive. Apart from that, skin looks incredibly radiant and smooth as soon as the treatment is over and you can start to reap the benefits from the very next day.
THREE BENEFITS OF DERMAPLANING
1. A fuzz-free surface to aid the penetration of skincare products. Without that layer of ‘peach fuzz’ and dead skin cells, your skincare products will be able to penetrate deeper and deliver a greater level of efficacy.
2. A pain free exfoliation treatment to boost radiance. There’s no need to invest in super expensive or potentially painful abrasive treatments when this manual experience delivers so much; it helps to leave new skin cells visible on the surface, which in turn will provide a more radiant and healthy glow.
3. A smoother surface for the application of makeup. Your foundation will apply like a dream, while caking and movement will be a thing of the past; removing the layer of unwanted hair and skin cells helps to ensure a flawless and long-lasting finish.
As soon as I stepped out of the clinic my skin looked and felt so much smoother, fresher and more radiant; the difference was incredible, especially for such a non-invasive and speedy treatment. After a few days of taking it easy I definitely noticed my skincare absorbed more efficiently, my makeup base was more even and I generally looked much more ‘awake’ even when I wasn’t feeling my best.
It’s now been about a month since I had my treatment and I’m still seeing the benefits; although I won’t be rushing back on a six weekly basis, it’s something I’m definitely going to do when we transition into new seasons or my complexion is looking a little tired. Who knew dermaplaning could be something I would embrace so successfully!
Have you tried dermaplaning? Would you be interested in giving it a go?
I was kindly gifted my first treatment by Derma District, a clinic in Buckinghamshire. Prices for a basic dermaplaning experience start at £55.00.