Now, I’m pretty certain I’m not the only girl who’s caught sight of her facial fluff in the mirror and been slightly taken aback, well a lot actually. Oh wow… Is that a moustache? Ring any bells? Not sure how I feel about that. This led me to become interested in the different options available to sensibly deal with the peach fuzz on my face. I started with google, as you do and soon discovered dermaplaning. I managed to watch a few you tube videos on the technique and learn about the different razors available.
So let’s talk demaplaning, or as it’s less glamourously known, facial shaving. Back along the thought of shaving my face was slightly odd and perhaps best left to the men. I mean after all, I only have baby fine blonde hair which isn’t overly noticeable, (depending on light and angle) I’ve accepted it along the way as do most women. That was before I was aware of the benefits of this face shaving trend and let me tell you, there happen to be a few.
Before I go any further, please be aware that Dermaplaning is not for everybody, if you have particularly sensitive skin or active spots/acne it’s definitely not recommended. It is also a treatment that you may want to have performed by a qualified aesthetician/beautician but If you’re like me, ‘into everything’ you’ll probably want to try dermaplaning yourself and start reaping the many benefits.
Dermaplaning removes the uppermost layer of dead skin cells giving deeper exfoliation, revealing baby soft skin. The process also triggers cell regeneration and stimulates collagen production due to the dermabrassive effect. Removing the dead skin cells and ‘vellus’ hair from the face gives a smooth, clean feel to the face. Skin care products can be absorbed more readily and makeup application is smoother. If you suffer from blackheads the blade literally pulls them out as you glide over problem areas.
My blade of choice is the Shiseido facial razor. I’ve also tried Tinkle blades but found them pretty useless in all honesty. Shiseido is far better and I wouldn’t use anything else now. The blades come in a packet of three and they’re affordable around £6.99 per pack of three razors, or £13.59 for two packs. Get yours here eBay
Remember, the blade is very sharp and if you run it over one area more than once or twice you may end up with sore areas, just as I did the first time I tried it. I found a good light where I could see the hairs and just went at it like a bull in a china shop. I wanted baby smooth skin and ended up with a sore face! As if that weren’t enough, I also took the blade to the backs of my hands and knuckles, my hands were left so sore and took a couple of weeks to heal fully. I looked like I’d been in a scuffle. My fault entirely, as I didn’t realise the harm you can inflict if you aren’t careful. A lesson learned indeed. Nowadays I’m much more sensible of course.
Myth – The Hair Will Grow Back Thicker/Courser
Contrary to popular belief, these vellus hairs do not grow back thicker or courser. The razor does not affective the follicles (where the hairs are produced ) the ‘makeup’ of the hair cannot be altered by shaving. However, through the shaving process you are cutting off the hairs with the blade leaving a sharper end just as you do when you shave your legs, the hairs feel sharper as they start to grow once again. That said, if you decide not to dermaplane again the tips will soon soften and return to their original form as they continue to grow as normal. You’ll have your moustache back in no time
How To Use…
For best results start with clean dry skin, angle the blade downwards and pull the skin taut. Move it across your skin without covering the same area more than once or twice at a time. As long as you are very careful you will find a way which works for you. The fuzz will gather on the razor so when necessary clean it off and start again. It’s not generally recommended to dermaplane your nose but I do! Again, you need to do your own research and see what’s best for you. In terms of how often, I dermaplane at least twice a month but it’s personal choice. I like to do the backs of my hands too.
Following treatment, apply a serum or oil just to help the skin settle and recover. Also if you’re heading out, remember to use a good SPF as the skin will be a little more sun sensitive for a day or so. Each razor is good for a few shaves and can be cleaned with a disinfectant solution. I have an antiseptic spray which I use to keep mine clean between uses. The razors also come with a little cap for hygiene reasons and to protect the blade. Just to reiterate, if this is something you think you might try, please do be careful particularly the first time. Use with caution until you find your way.
Have you tried Dermaplaning?