Beautician Lorraine Quinn reveals everything you need to know about dermaplaning, which promises to leave your skin exfoliated and peach-fuzz free.

What is dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning has existed in America for over 30 years, but has only come to Ireland in the last couple of years.

Dermaplaning is a method of exfoliation that consists of using a 10 gauge scalpel to gently scrape off the top layer of dulling dead skin cells. This procedure means we are resurfacing and refining the skin of the face and neck to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion

Sounds scary? It really isn’t, as long as you’re in the right hands. Dermaplaning requires handling a very sharp blade that’s used in surgeries.

Dermaplaning is a favourite in the entertainment industry, specifically among models and actresses.

Why? It also eliminates that annoying peach fuzz that cakes up in makeup and can be enhanced by harsh production lighting and high-definition cameras. Dermaplaning removes all the dead skin cells and also the facial hair, leaving the surface very smooth.

Dermaplaning also allows for greater penetration of skincare products and creates a flawless canvas for makeup to glide on smoothly. In fact, we often use Dermaplaning to help prepare skin for more intrusive procedures such as chemical peels.

Dermaplaning is recommended for all skin types except those with acneic skin. If you have deep cystic acne, wait until breakouts are clear before trying this treatment. Always discuss any allergies or skin sensitivities with your therapist before starting a treatment.

This is a great treatment if you are pregnant or breastfeeding and want exfoliation without the risk of harsh chemicals absorbing into the bloodstream and potentially harming your baby.

Dead Skin & Vellus hair removed from surface of skin

Does it hurt?
Absolutely not, there’s no discomfort at all, just a slight tingling sensation momentarily.

Dermaplaning is a painless procedure and the sensation feels like mild scraping across the skin.

Will my hair grow back thicker?
Many women are often concerned that by removing peach fuzz it will make it grow back heavier and darker, but that’s just an old wives’ tale. Superficial vellus hair (that’s the science-y name for clear or white soft fine facial hair) will grow back the same texture as it was before the treatment.

What to expect during the treatment.
First, the skin will be cleansed and thoroughly dried. Next, the area of your skin will be held taut with one hand, a sterile 10 gauge scalpel blade at a 45-degree angle in the other hand and short, swift strokes to gently ‘plane’ the skin’s surface removing dead skin cells and peach fuzz.

Any congestion such as comedones (blackheads) are removed and an organic oil is gently massaged into the skin. A mask is then used over the face and neck, this allows the products to penetrate deep into the skin. It also has a cooling effect on the skin after Dermaplaning.

Now for the deep tissue shoulder & décolleté massage. Finally, the mask is removed and serum and moisturiser is applied.

Your skin will be radiant, glowing and super soft as you’ve never seen it before. There is no downtime to this treatment, only a slight redness. Yes, you can apply makeup but I would recommend you didn’t until the next day, however, if you have to choose a mineral based foundation.

How long does it take?
About one hour.

Are there immediate side effects?
There are no side effects and zero downtime. After the treatment, your skin will be highly sensitive to sun exposure and may already look very pink, so be sure to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to reduce the risk of hyperpigmentation.

Recommended course for optimal results?
Dermaplaning removes 21 days worth of dead skin cells, so it’s best to allow the skin to complete its rejuvenation cycle before your next treatment.

Who should give me this treatment?
Dermaplaning should be administered by a certified Therapist who specialises in this procedure. It’s always a good idea to ask how long they’ve been administering Dermaplaning to know their level of experience — after all, there’s a very sharp blade involved!

How much will it cost?
€70: Dermaplaning Therapy Facial

€90: Dermaplaning Deluxe Therapy Facial, which involves the use of Fruit based Glycolic Acid Peel, combined with Salycylic & Mandelic Acid.

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