More and more lately I’ve been reading about women shaving their faces. It seems to be trending alllll over the media. There was a segment on a national morning news show about women shaving their faces, and they showed the reporter with shaving cream on her face, and a disposable razor. She also received a professional dermaplane treatment at a medical spa. Dermaplaning is a method of professionally exfoliating the skin with a surgical blade.The take home point of this news segment was that shaving at home, with a razor, would accomplish the same results as you would get with a professional dermaplaning treatment.
So are shaving and dermaplaning really the same? Well, yes and no. The idea is this: exfoliating the face with a blade or razor not only removes the facial “peach fuzz” or vellus hair, but also exfoliates the skin. While these benefits are accurate, there is the question of efficacy and safety when attempting this procedure on your own, versus professional dermaplaning.
Dermaplaning, and at home facial shaving, have been done for years. It seems to be trending now simply because certain celebrities and reality stars are admitting that they do this procedure, like ex-New Jersey Housewife star Caroline Manzo, and celebrity aesthetician, Kate Sommerville. They seem to be in good company, as apparently Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor also dermaplaned.
So why would a woman want to take a razor to her face? Some women, especially blondies, have a lot of “peach fuzz” on their face. Some of us are bothered by it, or would prefer not to have it at all. Dermaplaning removes that peach fuzz, leaving you with extremely smooth skin. Dermaplaning also removes the top layer of dead skin cells, which helps promote cell turn over and can lessen the look of fine lines, as well as improve skin texture. Skincare products can also penetrate more deeply through the freshly exfoliated skin, giving you optimal benefit. The whole procedure leaves you glowing.
So what makes professional dermaplaning a better choice than shaving at home?
Expertise and knowledge. There are plenty of spa treatments that people can attempt at home, including dermaplaning. But the difference will always be the professional grade of treatment that you will receive in a medical spa by a trained aesthetician with the proper tools. A professional treatment is done with a surgical grade scalpel, in swift, delicate strokes. It is also only done at least four weeks apart. (I keep reading recommendations for at-home facial shaving to be done weekly, or even bi-weekly).
Why should you dermaplane at least four weeks apart? The vellus hair on our faces also has a role in helping oil leave the deeper skin layers. Exfoliating too often can cause irritation or breakouts, as the oil becomes trapped within the skin.
Will shaving cause your hair to regrow more often, thicker or darker?
Absolutely not. Dermaplaning does nothing to change the quality or density of the hair.
Does it hurt? Nope! I’ve done it and it didn’t hurt a bit. And I became obsessed with how smooth and glowing my skin was. It can definitely be addictive!