What Is Derma-Planing? (Should Women Shave Their Face?)

Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson

Derma-planing is a manual exfoliative treatment performed using a blade to “shave” away the outermost layers of the skin.The process is painless, safe and effective, but is only recommended for treatment of the face. This rejuvenation treatment removes the outermost layers of dead skin cells leaving the skin immediately smooth, supple and vibrant.

The treatment is preformed using a #10 blade. The blade is held against the skin at a 45 degree angle and stroked along the skin while holding the area of the skin taught.

You are probably now wondering if the hairs removed by derma-planing will grow back dark and thicker. The answer is, NO. Let’s debunk the myth…Unlike Terminal hair which grows under the arms, legs and eyebrows, facial hair consists of Vellous hair (tiny translucent hairs). Once removed the regrowth is of the same form. The thought that the hair will grow back thicker and dark is a conspiracy theory.

So does this then mean you are able to shave your face at home with a good ‘ol 99 cent disposable razor? Absolutely! (don’t you just love hearing that?) Woman have been shaving for decades. In fact, Marilyn Monroe was a face shaver. The beauty industry has promoted this myth in effort to make us spend thousands of dollars trying to get rid of what a simple razor would do.

Some woman do not like the idea of using a “typical razor” on their face, so I recommend heading to the local Sally’s and purchase a facial razor. They come three to a pack with a price tag of about $3.75. I’m sure you’ve all seen the brow razors in your local drugstore (with the little colorful handle and blade?) Well, a facial razor is one in the same, just with a longer blade. Also, I have used the ones in the drugstore and was not impressed (too dull).

By “shaving” you will be rid of the not so appealing peach fuzz and faint mustache look. Also, by removing the top layer of dead skin cells, the exfoliation can result in tightening and plumping up the skin through constant cellular rejuvenation. You will receive better product penetration and your foundation/powder won’t become attached to those fine hairs and be illuminated in your photos.

For those opting to use a razor, be sure to use a sharp razor. You will first want to apply a warm or hot compress to your face for at lease two minutes. This will help to open the pores and soften the hair, and reduce the risk of ingrown hairs. Dispense a quarter size amount of good-quality moisturizing shave gel and apply prior to shaving (ex. Bath and Body Works Shave the Day); this acts as a barrier to prevent razor burn. Begin using a downward stroke in quick, short movements to remove the hair. It is recommended to shave in the same area as the hair growth, this too will decrease the risk of ingrown hairs. After rinsing, If you notice any irritation, apply a 1 percent hydrocortisone solution.

Happy Shaving!


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