Considering shaving your face? Dubai-based experts reveal what you need to know
Many beauty trends have blown up on TikTok over the past year, but the most recent one to gain momentum is females shaving their faces with small disposable razors, which is more formally known as dermaplaning.
It’s said to give you an even tone skin texture, without the pain of pulling, exfoliates the skin and removes the fine hairs many women have on their faces – also sometimes known as “peach fuzz”.
While there might be plenty of theories regarding this beauty fad, it’s always best to see what the skincare experts have to say regarding this beauty treatment.
Emirates Woman sought the expert advice of two beauty specialists in Dubai to find out exactly what we need to know about dermaplaning.
Alizey Mirza, the COO of Biolite Aesthetic clinic in Dubai
Could you tell us a bit about the treatment?
Dermaplaning facials are the globally popular skincare treatment that is the secret to flawless, radiant, and youthful skin. Popular amongst celebrities, it’s an effective treatment that leaves the skin softer and smoother while also providing deep exfoliation and giving an instant glow. Dermaplaning removes excess fine, vellus hair which traps dirt, oil, and dead skin cells in your pores that are the main cause of acne and blemishes. The process is done by a licensed medical aesthetician who gently scrapes the surface of the skin with a surgical scalpel to remove the build-up of dead skin cells and fine hair, or ‘peach fuzz’, instantly revealing brighter and smoother skin with a luminous glow.
How does it work?
Dermaplaning exfoliates the stratum corneum or outermost layer to stimulate cell turnover with minimum to no downtime. Dermaplaning has proven to be one of the best beauty treatments to help with a host of persistent skin issues.
At Biolite, these steps are followed:
- Gentle cleansing of the face with a water-based cleanser (try our Biolite Pore-clearing Cleanser) followed by a mild enzyme solution.
- Sterilise the skin with alcohol to remove all traces of oil (Degrease)
- Pat the skin dry with a clean paper towel
- The treatment itself starts by the therapist working on the jawline area first all the way up to the forehead with a 14 gauge sterile scalpel
- A cold towel is placed after the treatment to calm the skin & remove any excess debris followed by cryo balls for soothing.
- As the final step, a water-based moisturiser (try the Biolite Aqua-fluid) and zinc-based sunscreen (Biolite Solar Defense SPF 30) is applied to the skin for deep hydration & protection.
Is it safe to do at home?
Dermaplaning can be done at home, however, it is advised to do it with a medical aesthetician as the surgical scalpel we used is sharper hence exfoliating better. The No.14 blade/gauge scalpel helps to smoothen the skin’s top layers through a method of controlled surgical scraping which exfoliates the epidermis. Most home-based dermaplaning tools are not as sharp & do not provide clinic-based results. Its also important to remember with any treatment involving the possibility of breaking the skin, skin hygiene & tool sterilisation is essential & often ignored when performing such treatments at home. Doing it yourself at home can result in nicks, cuts or spreading of bacteria that can lead to breakouts potentially unnecessary problems.
For more information regarding the treatments available at this clinic visit biolite.com
From The Nova Clinic, Agnes who’s the DHA licensed beauty & laser therapist talked to us about the treatment’s side effects and the recommended number of times to safely perform this each month.
Are there any long-term effects?
Dermaplaning temporarily removes the entire layer of facial hair known as vellus hair — dermaplaning does not permanently remove hair. Over time, facial hair grows back after dermaplaning.
What are the benefits of this?
It provides deeper product penetration, removes soft facial hair that traps dirt and oils and promotes smoother skin. It’s a safe procedure for removing dead skin cells and “peach fuzz”.
Does the hair appear thicker after shaving?
It’s common to feel a little stubble as your hair starts growing back in after dermaplaning. This doesn’t mean that hair is thicker or more coarse. It has to do with the way each hair was cut straight across. The hair feels different, but it’s the exact same texture and color as it was before dermaplaning.
How many times would recommend customers to do this treatment per month?
It should be repeated every four to six weeks.
For more information regarding the treatments available at this clinic visit thenovaclinic.com
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