Should you be shaving your face for better skin?
I’ve often thought guys who foamed up daily and shaved their face with a blade had one up on the rest of us, as shaving in this way removes not only facial hair but also exfoliates the skin.
And, contorting the face to get the perfect smooth shave, is an excellent little work out for the muscles of the face.
But, as a woman I’d never shaved my face, in fact for a long time, I thought of this as a desperate measure for the more hirsute amongst us, and I mistakenly believed, just like the male beard the hair would grow back thicker and coarser. I was wrong. The facial hair on the face of a woman is known as vellus hair, unlike the hair that grows on your legs or the beard of a man, which is known as terminal hair and when you shave that away, it will grow back more coarsely.
It may seem strange to you at first — the idea of shaving your face. But read on, as the results are amazing and the immediate effect will be smooth, glowing skin with the benefit of improved cell turnover for healthy glowing skin.
Dermaplaning could be one of the gentlest and most effective ways to exfoliate your skin and bring back its natural glow.
What is dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is a clinical treatment where a surgical blade is gently passed over the face to remove dead skin cells and soft vellus hair.
Every time you lift or exfoliate the very top layer of skin away, it signals the lower layers of the skin to renew and move upwards.
This facial treatment is excellent for the overall health of your skin. It will reduce the effects of environmental damage inflicted on the skin and with the removal of dead skin cells.
What does this mean for you?
Unfortunately, as we get older, our cell turnover slows down.
The surface of the skin becomes dull, rough in texture, often becoming dehydrated, and fine lines become more accentuated.
The essential growth and turnover of new cells, originating from the basal layer slow in their production, leading to further dysfunction at a cellular level.
Dermaplaning, when done correctly, will activate your skin’s cell turnover and improve the performance of your skin or put it another way, dermaplaning encourages your skin to behave more youthful.
3 reasons why it’s a pretty good idea.
Firstly, the skin regains its radiance and luminosity, dehydration reduces, and the texture becomes smooth once again.
Secondly, new cells are activated to improve the rate of turnover similar to that of young skin and thirdly; a vast improvement in the penetration of topical skincare will increase the results of your homecare routine.
You can get this done professionally as I’ve already mentioned or if you prefer a DIY method, there are devices available on the market for home dermaplaning facial such as Dermaflash which is at the premium end of the market.
At the top end of home devices, Dermaflash instantly removes dead skin cells, built-up debris, and peach fuzz. This device was designed for the delicate skin on a woman’s face and was created by a woman for ALL women.
Enhancing the power of skincare products by gently erasing the barrier of dead cells to assist in better product absorption while creating a flawless canvas for makeup.
Dermaflash also sell skincare products to assist in the use of their home care device which you can find at currentbody.com.au
Serums you can apply after dermaplaning to pack a punch and activate your youth enzymes.
A potent concentrated formula to boost vitamin A in your skin.
When used regularly vitamin A will rejuvenate the skin, support DNA repair and supply essential nutrition to the skin.
A triple peptide formula to support collagen synthesis Matryxl 3000, Synthe 6 and Trylagen as well as a botanical proprietary blend known as Meritage which protects the skin from the harmful effects of the sun reducing the incidence of blotchy hyperpigmentation.
A concentrated hydrating serum with the benefits of a triple peptide formula including Matryxl 3000 which famously supports the strength and rehabilitation of damaged skin.
Is dermaplaning right for you?
Dermaplaning is painless, you can do it as often as you like and what’s more, there’s no social downtime, just amazing, glowing skin. It’s perfect before a big event when you want your makeup to look flawless. Your skin will glow with renewal and your skincare will be absorbed more efficiently. And if you’re feeling a bit fuzzy, then dermaplaning is definitely for you. And don’t worry, your baby fine vellus hair will grow back just as softly as the day you shaved them away.
And now you?
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See you next time,
Note: The featured image is just for fun, the best method of dermaplaning is with a specifically developed home device (no shaving cream required), such as the one featured from Dermaflash.