When people ask me what things I feel truly have improved my skin I easily rattle off three items. First is the use of Retin-A which I have been using for over 12 years. Second is my friendship with Jordan Harper and getting laser treatment from her. Third is that I dermaplane at home. Dermaplaning is hands-down the most effective way to improve the quality of your skin and make sure that your skincare products perform at their optimal level. Not only does it help speed up cell turnover as you get those dead skin cells off the surface, but it makes your makeup look incredible! Legend has it that Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor dermaplaned so I feel like I’m in good company. Here is a closer look at what dermaplaning is, how to do it at home and how to inplement it into your skincare routine.
What Is Dermaplaning
Dermaplaning is a physical exfoliation procedure that gently removes the top-most layer of dead skin and along with it any peach fuzz, or vellus hair if you want to get specific. It can be done by an esthetician with a certain form of dull scalpel or you can do it at home with these Tinkle razors. One of the biggest myths of dermaplaning is that your hair will grow back darker but that just isn’t the case. You can google and read all about it but vellus hair (or peach fuzz) is different than terminal hair and the only thing that can change vellus hair to terminal hair is puberty and hormones, not a gentle exfoliation procedure. There is a slight chance it could feel different as it comes back but that is just because the end has been cut slightly and doesn’t have a natural tip. It will go back because (surprise!) we are mammals and we have bodies covered in hair, but it won’t grow back longer, darker or thicker. I have never noticed a difference other than I start to look dull and my skin isn’t as smooth.
Who Should Dermaplane
Everyone! Well everyone that doesn’t suffer from sever acne, eczema or rosacea. If you have one of these issues or are nervous how your skin would handle it then I would recommend going to an esthetician for dermaplaning before you try it at home. I think this is a good way to see if you like it and to make sure your skin doesn’t freak out on you. I don’t know why it would since all you are doing is exfoliating off the top layer but better be safe than sorry. I did this to see how it felt and to basically learn how to mimic it at home.
How To Dermaplane at Home
I dermaplane at home every 2-3 weeks. First and foremost, I ALWAYS start with a clean & dry face and clean & dry hands! I remove my makeup, clean my face, apply a toner and then let it air dry. The absolute worst thing you could do is do this with a dirty face or dirty hands and just get gunk in your pores. If you are unsure if your face is clean use these cotton pads and micellar water all over until they are 100% clean.
After your face is 100% clean & free of debris then you simply hold the Tinkle razor at a 45-degree angle with one hand, hold your skin taunt with the other and lightly scrape the top layer of your skin in small upward motions. You can go over the skin once or twice to make sure you get the peach fuzz and any skin cells. You won’t really be able to see the dead skin peel off per-say but you should be able to feel the smoothness after. I learned how to do this from my friend Jordan. She is the entire reason I started doing this and she has an excellent video tutorial here.
After I dermaplane I typically follow with these peels to really give my pores a good exfoliant. These might be too abrasive for you and I wouldn’t try them until you have dermaplaned a few times. This peel pad is also a good option for people prone to acne and I like them as well. Regardless of if you do an additional exfoliate I would slather on whatever skincare you love the most because it is going to work that much better. You could do a hyularonic acid treatment followed by a moisturizer to really get a good boost. I put on my retin-a after the serum and before any moisturizer but I would also skip using retin-a until you are used to it.
One thing to add is that I NEVER reuse a blade. I just think there is too much opportunity for them to get dirty or find bacteria on your counter, etc. They are so cheap on Amazon so I use them as single-use blades. Also make sure to use sunscreen when you go outside to protect all of that brand new fresh skin!