Updated: Apr 1
This is Rufus, my perfect dog. Don't be like Rufus. Just because we are homebound, it does not mean you can't maintain beautiful smooth dermaplaned skin. Dermaplaning is the use of a specially shaped, sterile blade to physically exfoliate the skin and remove peach fuzz. Dermaplane is a professional treatment that should only be performed by a licensed aesthetician (until the next paragraph). Basically, We are carefully shaving your face. You have probably been told at some point in your life not to shave your face or the hair will grow back thicker and darker. This is an old wives‘ tale, and absolutely not true. The only thing that causes hair to grow in thicker and darker are hormones, those darn pesky hormones! The fine hair on the face (peach fuzz) is called vellus hair and is not affected by hormone shifts. I promise. I've been shaving my face for 23 years (scout's honor).
The at-home version is not technically considered dermaplane, but it’s a close second. Essentially you will simply use a razor to shave your face—carefully! There are many "tools" on the market to dermaplane at home. None are equal to the sterile surgical steel blades that we use in the office. So don't spend a fortune. This at-home tip is meant to tide you over when you can't get the real deal. My personal recommendation is a big pack of cheap BIC razors. Never use one of these razors more than once because multiple uses will dull the blade, making it easier to cut yourself and you could be transferring bacteria...eeewww.
Cleanse your skin thoroughly with a gentle cleanser. Be sure to get all traces of dirt, oil, and makeup off. Begin a second cleanse (do not use shaving cream for this step) but do not rinse the cleanser, instead, use upward strokes with your razor, working against the growth pattern, to remove dead skin cells and vellus hair. Rinse your blade between each stroke with hot water. Be extra careful on bony protrusions such as the forehead, cheekbone, and jawline. Do not attempt to shave the nose or around the eyebrows...we can talk about tweezing those little hairs in another post;) Once you're finished, cleanse the skin one last time, rinsing thoroughly, and continue with the rest of your regimen. Be aware that your active products such as retinol, glycolic acid, and even some antioxidants, will feel particularly spicy. That is normal after dermaplaning, and is a good sign that you managed a good amount of exfoliation. If you are really wanting to pamper yourself, check out my other post "Missing Me?" for a step-by-step tutorial on giving yourself a facial at home.
Viola! Smooth exfoliated skin. And your makeup will go on like a dream! (Although those of you wearing makeup during a quarantine, what are you trying to prove?) So add razors to your next home delivery of groceries, and follow these instructions to keep up with your treatments at home, and hopefully I'll see you soon for the real deal.