Sure, summer is all about delicious peaches but when it comes to your face you’d probably prefer a look that’s more fuzz-free. That’s where dermaplaning comes in handy. Here’s your guide to this emerging DIY skincare trend. 

What is Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is a technique where you use a small scalpel to gently exfoliate layers of dead skin and tiny hairs off of your face. It’s slightly more delicate than just shaving your face with a razor and some experts are raving about its effect on brightening complexions.

Why do it?

Taking the tiny hairs off your face will help foundation and other makeup sit a little smoother. Dermaplaning also helps remove dead skin cells that are hanging on top of your face, thus potentially helping you avoid breakouts and look more lustrous. 

Is it safe?

It can sound a little daunting to take a scalpel to your face, but when done carefully the treatment shouldn’t hurt at all. Most experts agree though that dermaplaning isn’t recommended for those with sensitive skin, eczema, or active breakouts. 

How do I do it?

First thoroughly cleanse and dry your face, the treatment works best on skin that isn’t damp. Then take your tool and make small downward strokes starting from the part of your cheekbone that’s nearest your ear and ending at your jaw. Hold your skin taut while you do this and make sure to go over your upper lip, the area between your eyebrows, and under your chin. Anywhere foundation goes is a good candidate for dermaplaning. It’s also important not to apply too much pressure on the tool, a little bit goes a long way. 

What’s the aftercare sitch?

Follow dermaplaning with a moisturizing step. This can be in the form of a mask, cream, or whatever else you use to keep things hydrated. If you plan to go outside, apply sunscreen because your skin will be a little more susceptible to burning than it usually is. Dermatologists say you should probably wait one full day before going in with foundation or face makeup. 

Need extra advice on dermaplaning? Hit up your skincare pro and arrange a virtual tutorial.