3 Ways dermaplaning can fix your skincare woes
Our skin gets put through the ringer on a daily basis, and these stressors definitely start to show over time if we can’t keep up with our skin care routine. We find clever ways to mask our blemishes; concealer, sunglasses, hats, and lately – face masks. Eventually we get fed up, and circle back to trying to nail down that elusive perfect skincare routine. So we and go out to Sephora, buy every serum and cream that the beauty gurus raved about…. then question whether they were even working.
I mean, our skin sort of looks better, but it still feels uneven, foundation seems to amplify those fine lines and dry patches that won’t go away, and setting powders sometimes make you look like someone just dropped a bag of flour on you. So what’s going on? Is it you? Is it the products? (We’ll come back to this point later) This is where we want to introduce you to a little thing we discovered called Dermaplaning.
WHAT IS DERMAPLANING?
Dermaplaning utilizes a sharp, surgical grade blade to gently scrape away the outer layer of dead skin and fine, velus hair (peach fuzz) that we all get. It is a great, non-invasive procedure that works for treating wrinkles, acne scarring, clogged pores, fine lines and hyperpigmentation.
Now this probably sounds like exfoliating, mixed with a bit of shaving, and you might be asking why you shouldn’t do this at home, but let’s be real: After a long day, the most some of us can muster is the ability to at least go to bed make-up free (let alone exfoliate), and one of the last things we should be doing at home is using something sharp to scrape at our faces without knowing what we’re doing.
When we skimp on exfoliating, layers of dead skin start to build up and our skin gets dull, uneven, and less receptive over time. Eventually we end up looking to more aggressive products to try and fix these issues, when all we really need is a simpler solution. So let’s take a look at how Dermaplaning gets your face back to square one.
Problem to Fix #1:
Rough Patches and Peach Fuzz
Dermaplaning removes the upper layer of dead skin that’s waiting to be shed, leaving your skin feeling baby soft and smooth. This creates the perfect surface for your foundation, meaning that you can worry less about trying to manage uneven patches. Think of it like prepping your nails for a new coat of polish – when we’ve got a clean nail, the layers of polish go on easily and evenly.
Problem to Fix #2: Dull Skin and Spotting
Underneath all those dry flakey cells, is you, but new. Dermaplaning helps reveal that new, brighter layer that’s waiting to shine. Our outer layer of skin is constantly renewing itself by pushing new cells forward and sloughing off dead cells (“desquamation” if we want to get technical), which is part of how scars fade over time. By helping this process along, you can get back to even-looking skin.
Problem to Fix #3: Clogged Pores and Products That Don’t Seem to Work
Dead skin cells that haven’t properly shed often create a barrier that prevents topical products from effectively penetrating to the deepest levels of our skin where they’re most effective. This is why serums and moisturizers can sometimes feel like they’re just sitting on our skin. Dermaplaning can also help prevent clogged pores and bumps that eventually lead to breakouts, by scraping away these layers and layers of build up. It’s the perfect way to prep your skin for other treatments, like enzyme peels (link) and microneedling (link) that help promote even deeper cell turnover.
We’ve also been saving one more benefit to dermaplaning: there’s effectively no downtime, so you’re in and back out at it, making it the perfect mid-day facial. If you’re not sure if dermaplaning is right for you, meet Tiffany, our treatment guru.
Tiffany specializes is providing treatments built around your skin-type. Having experienced her own share of skin-care concerns, she takes a mindful, yet minimalist approach and focuses on treatments that enhance and help you embrace what you naturally have. Not only is she an absolute self-care maven, she aims to use local products that are free of harmful chemicals and ingredients.