My Dermaplaning Experience

One day swiping through Instagram, I came across a video of a woman shaving her face with a razor – the side of me that enjoys watching pimple popping TV shows, re-emerged.

YouTube was quickly drawn in and involved for research purposes. Once I saw my quota of videos, I learned that the female face shaving procedure was called "Dermaplaning".

Its official English dictionary meaning is a cosmetic treatment, often used to treat acne scars, in which surface irregularities are surgically scraped to give the skin a smoother appearance. (Collins English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers).

A few google searches later I found glowing reviews plus the hashtag #dermaplaning showcased many before and after photos of people with mind-blowing transformations, showing how the treatment helped treat a number of complaints from rosecea, dry skin and acne.

This procedure to your face, which also eliminates hair, is supposed to result in baby-soft skin that looks healthier and brighter. 

After the treatments, your chosen beauty products should absorb easier into the skin, offering a smoother canvas for your make up.
Sounds like a win-win all round right?

Initially I was completely sold, followed by somewhat worried that  this newly discovered treatment could result in me eventually looking like  teen wolfs Sister.

When I spoke about my new found knowledge with my local beauty therapist, she assured me that Dermaplaning targets the fine, baby hairs that are commonly found on the cheeks and forehead.

 This is technically known as Vellus hair. This type is very different from the darker and thicker, terminal hair, which grows on our heads, pubic and underarm areas which grow back stubbly and potentially could grow back thicker.

So before you know it,  I scheduled my Dermaplaning procedure at Essential Beauty Rooms in Beckenham.

Nervous but excited, a few days later I arrived and was asked first to fill out a questionnaire which I was asked to highlight my skin concerns, along with some health questions. 

Once I discussed my issues with the consultant, I was made aware the risks involved are mainly being nicked with the razor which she explained was highly unlikely. 

We also discussed aftercare for which included no wearing make up or perfumes for the next 24 hours, making sure to apply SPF on my skin daily.

As I failed to mention earlier, that I was slightly worse for wear due to going out the night before, but it was all for sake of the blog to follow soon. so that being said, I admit I didn't get to ask as much in regards to the actual steps or products that I would as standard normally do, being the consummate professional I usually am.

My face was cleansed and swiped it with some antiseptic to ensure it was thoroughly clean. Next the consultant got to work using a surgical-grade scalpel to scrape off layers of skin and fine facial hair.

At first I braced myself for some form of discomfort, but the worst sensation was just some light scratching.
Once the skin layer was removed, a few extractions were performed before a collagen mask was applied and I was left for a while for the mask to work its magic.

Once the mask was removed, moisturizer and SPF was applied, and I was good to go.

My first thoughts after the treatment were that my skin looked a lot brighter and felt super smooth. I wouldn't say I had problem skin, It is was mostly oily, which at times has resulted in me having the odd break out left me with spots of hyper pigmentation which I was assured will disappear after further treatments.

FYI, I take steroids to control the symptoms for a condition I have called lupus.
A number of side effects are evident externally and internally when using this medication

 I had noticed that the hairs on my face had grown a bit thicker, so I wasn't surprised at the amount of hair that was removed
from my face.
Of course, I had to take a picture, if you are squeamish I apologize.

When writing this, It is day two since the procedure, but so far I am incredibly pleased with the results.

 I didn't experience any redness or any tenderness, I did however notice that
my make-up went on a lot smoother, resulting in an almost airbrush like finish.

It's safe to say you can get Dermaplaning treatment every six weeks, but more it is also advised that you don't do more than once a month.

I am defiantly pro Dermaplaning and look forward to having the procedure again some time soon, but as I am going to Mexico in the coming months I may wait until I come back to avoid irritating my skin
Have you or would you try Dermoplaning? 

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