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Dermaplaning

Have you come across Dermaplaning yet? It may sound a bit scary but it's a very efficient exfoliation treatment that's been around for years.

Put simply, Dermaplaning uses a scalpel to gently scrape off dead skin cells to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion. It takes great skill and a sharp scalpel so you should always book in with a professional.

Flawless Complexion

It's a bit of an entertainment industry secret but Dermaplaning is used by many actors and models. This is because the treatment removes what is commonly referred to as 'peach fuzz', that soft hair that covers the face. The hair growth stops makeup going on smoothly and can show up under studio lighting.

The treatment also allows skincare products to better penetrate the skin for improved moisturising and a flawless complexion.

It's quite possible that you've come across Dermaplaning in another context. If you are booked in for laser skin therapy your consultant may have suggested a Dermaplaning session beforehand to prepare the skin.

Dermaplaning vs Microdermabrasion

Dermaplaning is similar to microdermabrasion in that they are both exfoliation treatments, but they are quite different in technique. Whereas microdermabrasion 'sands off' dead skin cells Dermaplaning may be better suited to drier skin types. If you suffer from chronic acne this may not be suitable for you.

Although it may sound brutal Dermaplaning is actually very gentle and painless; it's really no different to shaving your legs. The area of skin to be treated is thoroughly cleaned and dried first; there are no side effects and very little downtime.

You may experience some short-term swelling or redness but it should disappear quickly. You will also be advised to stay out of the sun immediately after treatment as the skin will be very sensitive.

So, to recap, Dermaplaning offers many benefits including:

Soft smoother skin More youthful appearance Deeper product penetration Less chance of trapping dirt and oils on your skin Very safe with no chemical use Reduces the appearance of acne scars Helps reduce fine lines

Dermaplaning is an efficient form of manual exfoliation because it achieves great results without traumatising the skin. Most clients book in for multiple treatments throughout the year, due to the lack of downtime. It's also a safe exfoliation treatment for skin that has broken capillaries.

Dermaplaning will make your skin look younger and your makeup go on smoother. It also gets rid of the dead skin cells that stop your skin care products from working properly.

Alternative to Laser Therapy

If you're bothered by facial hair but you've been told you can't have laser therapy, it could be because your skin has too much melanin and treatment could cause hyperpigmentation. You would be a great candidate for Dermaplaning.

Despite having been around for years this treatment is not well known. That's all about to change, however, as Dermaplaning - or Dermablading - is now being touted as a miracle anti-ageing therapy. This is largely because of its popularity with models and celebs.

There's one myth about this treatment we need to debunk; Dermaplaning will not make the hair grow back thicker or darker. This is a bit of an old wives' tale about shaving but it doesn't apply to Dermaplaning. The truth of the matter is that you can't alter the hair follicle by shaving.

Debunking the Myths

Another couple of myths about Dermaplaning are that it's extremely painful and causes breakouts. As mentioned earlier the sensation is similar to shaving your legs and certainly not as painful as waxing, threading or lasering.

Dermaplaning doesn't cause breakouts; in fact, it's quite the opposite. By exfoliating the dead skin cells the treatment is more likely to prevent breakouts.

So, forget about the myths and discover this great treatment for yourself by sourcing your local Dermaplaning practitioner on Bookwell.