Why would women want to shave their face?
Straight outta the gate, let’s answer what you’re concerned about: NO IT WILL NOT MAKE YOUR FACIAL HAIR GROW BACK THICKER AND DARKER! Now that we got that primary worry out of the way, we can dive into some of the benefits of dermaplaning and the steps of how to do it at home! Watch this first then we can discuss more in detail…
The Benefits of Dermaplaning
Here's why we're big fans of dermaplaning:
- It's a great natural exfoliant (see ya dead skin cells! 👋)
- It increases cellular turnover
- It boosts collagen + elastin production
- It improves product penetration
- It allows sunscreen + makeup to go on smoother
- It increases blood circulation
...and most of these benefits then help reduce breakouts. Winning!
How to DIY Dermaplane
Razor type? Our favorite are the Tinkle Razors which can be found here. But always try out different ones to find the one that’s most comfortable and works best for you.
How often? You can shave monthly, weekly, or just when you remember/have time to do it. The peach fuzz doesn’t come back any different depending on amount of time in between. It’s just personal preference.
AM or PM? At night, at least 30 minutes before bed. This way you’re not putting on makeup or lying on a pillow right away. Make sure your pillow case is clean too!
STEP 1: Start by double cleansing your face and patting it completely dry.
STEP 3: Pull the skin taught and shave in an upwards then downwards motion to see which one you prefer. If you’re new to dermaplaning or have sensitive skin, try going in a downward motion with the hair line first, instead of against the grain. It’s safe to dermaplane everything from neck and jawline up to your forehead.
STEP 4: After shaving, use a gentle toner or cool water to remove any dead skin and hair left behind.
STEP 5: Apply serums, like Overachiever, to reduce any redness or irritation. If you're prone to breakouts, apply your retinoid–we love RetinAL Skin Therapy because the added bakuchiol makes it more easily tolerated.
STEP 6: Always make sure to apply a moisturizer to lock in hydration. Our go-to is Hydrating Lotion.
If you're not sure about doing this yourself at home, you can always choose to have it done in-office by a professional.
Common Side-Effects You Could Experience
Although this procedure is relatively simple and safe, there are some potential side-effects that can happen no matter if it’s done at home or professionally in an office.
- Breakouts–this type of physical exfoliation can bring all the oils and dirt that were hiding under the top layer of dead skin cells right up to the surface.
- Minor irritation–redness can occur, stick to gentle cleansers/products and pause acids as needed.
- Dryness–flakiness and itchiness may happen after this level of exfoliation. Incorporate soothing facial oils or Overachiever to treat.
- Minor cuts–nicks can happen! Especially with sharper tools.
Don't dermaplane if...
You may want to wait if you any active cases of the following conditions, simply because shaving can do more harm than good.
- Cold sores
- Other skin rashes (contact, bacterial, or viral)
If you do have one of these, you may want to seek guidance and clearance from a local skincare expert.