If someone told us a year ago that we should shave our faces, the image of us in towel-wrapped hair with a shaving-foam beard would have been the first in our minds. Thankfully, in the era of unique beauty procedures (snail facial, anyone?), face-shaving has been transformed into a much more instagrammable process (and doesn’t involve a Home Alone-style aftershave moment).
Dermaplaning involves using a scalpel to (gently!) scrape the surface of the skin in order to remove peach fuzz and fine hairs, as well as any build-up, resulting in brighter, smoother skin. Make-up artists and beauty enthusiasts have sworn by this technique for years, as it not only allows for flawless make-up application thanks to the smoother surface, but it means skincare can soak in better too.
It’s much more effective than other methods of hair removal like waxing and threading, since they can’t grab extra-fine fuzz. And if you fear your hair will come back with a vengeance you don’t have to worry - if you decide to stop in the future, it won't be any darker or thicker than it was when you started.
It’s recommended you only visit once a month to avoid irritation, and make sure to visit a licensed dermatologist for the procedure instead of trying it at home (scalpels and a shaky hand are not a good pair). Plus, we don’t know about you, but they don’t sell scalpels at our local Spinneys.
No facial hair but want to give it a try? Stick to exfoliating instead. This treatment is for those with unwanted peach fuzz, and if you’re lucky enough not to have any, you can save yourself (and your wallet) the procedure.
Photos: Jason Lloyd-Evans and Instagram