What Is Dermaplaning?

BY Harper's BAZAAR Arabia / May 6 2019 / 15:13 PM

Is it the secret to smoother, clearer skin?

What Is Dermaplaning?
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What is dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning, also known as shaving your face, is commonly practiced among beauty devotees - but don’t break out your at-home razor and shaving cream kit just yet. Women are having this procedure done professionally by dermatologists in the comfort of their clinics.

Why do people use dermaplaning?
Originally, dermaplaning was done to remove the vellus hairs (also known as "peach fuzz" to you and I) on people’s faces. Don’t worry, vellus hairs unlike regular hair, when removed will not grow back stubbly. In fact, everyone has vellus hairs all over their bodies which are meant to keep us warmer and add an additional layer of protection to skin. However some people’s vellus hairs are thicker and more noticeable than others which is where dermaplaning comes in.

Not only does it remove peach fuzz from skin on the face, it also removes a superficial layer of dead skin cells which immediately brightens skin. It also preps skin to absorb skincare products better and helps makeup go on smoother.

Most people think dermaplaning is new, but Cleopatra was actually the original pioneer; it’s also been an age old tradition in Indian cultures. Here, however, consistency is key, so it’s recommended that dermaplaning be done once a month to maintain skin brightness and clarity and off course to be peach fuzz-free.

Dermaplaning is usually an add-on treatment done before services like microdermabrasion or lasers, and is not recommended solely for exfoliation purposes.

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Howdoes dermaplaning work?
A dermatologist uses a medical grade scalpel to gently shave the face removing the vellus hairs removing dead skin cells in the process and voila revealing brighter skin.

Dermaplaning is great for removing peach fuzz but there are more effective treatments for exfoliation and skin tightening.