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silky-smooth, ultra-soft skin, here’s the at-home skincare technique you can try
In-office dermaplaning has become a popular treatment in spas and clinic, but it has become just as commonplace in our at-home regimens too. According to 2020’s Google “Year In Search” results, more people than ever are searching for an alternative, trying to figure out all the best, safest and most effective ways to dermaplane.
“Dermaplaning causes exfoliation of the skin as the top layer of dead skin cells that cause blockage gets scalped with the vellus hair. This causes skincare to penetrate deeper into the skin and improve its function and it stimulates cells to produce more collagen, and the skin appears brighter too,” says Dr Apratim Goel, cosmetic dermatologist, Cutis Skin Solution, Mumbai. Dermaplaning is done with a special surgical scalpel which is designed to go closer to your skin than a regular razor. The removal of hair and the top layer, which could be making your skin look uneven and pores larger means that your skin will instantly appear softer and brighter.
The benefits of dermaplaning
Shaving your face can provide a deeper exfoliation than regular scrubs or peels. It removes a layer of dead skin, which would otherwise give skin a dull appearance and prevent light from reflecting. Facial hair can trap dirt and oil and create a barrier between your skin and the products you put on top, and getting rid of that layer may allow for skincare products like serums and moisturisers to penetrate deeply. It also gives you a smooth base for better makeup application.
It is important to note that shaving your hair does not make it grow back thicker or darker, because you aren’t changing the structure of the follicle, so the hair will grow at the same rate, width and texture as before.
Who should not be dermaplaning at home?
According to Dr Goel, if you have active acne, rosacea, psoriasis, allergies, or anything that is raised above the skin, it’s not advisable to dermaplane. If you are using a strong anti-acne or anti-ageing treatment such as retinols, benzoyl peroxide or even salicylic acid, your skin is in a sensitive state and it might not be a good idea, he says.
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