This used to be such a shocking topic for a woman … “You shave your face?!” … “Don’t do it, your hair will grow back longer, darker and more coarse!” … “You’ll get razor burn!” That info is so 1990s. Welcome to 2017 where I show you my DIY Dermaplaining routine!
If you want to know more about the benefits of Dermaplaining first … Read this Post First!
Step 1 – Preparation for DIY Dermaplaining.
Start with a clean, dry face. If I don’t have time to wait for my skin to get bone dry after washing it (i.e. I’m super impatient when it comes to everything), I will lightly blast it with a blow dryer. Dermaplaining over moist skin creates drag and will irritate your skin.
IMPORTANT: If you use retinol or AHA/BHA products, lay off of those for at least a day before you dermaplain to avoid over exfoliation and irritation. If you have sensitive skin, wait longer.
Step 2 – Tools.
There are many dermaplaining tools on the market and I’ve really tried almost all of them. Nothing compares to these “eyebrow” razors I get from Sally’s for $4.99. The blade is perfect, the length is ideal and one razor is good for at least 2 uses. Keep in mind that not all “eyebrow” razors are created equal – these really are the best ones I’ve found!
Do not … I repeat … do not use the same type of razor you use on your legs or pits for DIY dermaplaining on your face. The blades are too heavy duty for the face and you risk irritation and cutting yourself.
Do not proceed OR proceed with caution if you have super, super sensitive skin and you do not know how your skin will respond. Also, do not perform dermaplaining if you have irritated skin, broken skin (wounds or scabs) or cystic acne and raw pimples. This will further irritate your skin and could spread bad bacteria to other parts of your face.
Step 3 – How to Hold the Razor.
This is very important. See the pictures below for visual confirmation, but I will try to explain how I hold it.
Hold the razor fairly close to the razor head. The blade edge should be facing upward, as you need to start at the jawline and work the blade upwards toward your forehead.
Step 4 – Direction & Strokes.
This is even MORE important than Step 3. I start at the jawline and take short strokes upward. This is going against the “grain” and how you also shave your legs. But make sure NOT to make long, dragging strokes like you would while shaving your legs. That would cause irritation. It also helps to pull your skin taught while DIY dermaplaining.
Also, GO SLOW. Especially around your eyebrows and hair line. You DO NOT want to slip up and shave half your eyebrow off. I gouged a chunk out of my hair line before. For weeks I had to fill it in with hair powder lol.
Step 5 – After Care Instructions.
Afterwards, I will either rinse off my face or just take a cotton pad with toner to get rid of the peach fuzz fall out. Then, I will proceed with my skincare routine MINUS any of my holy grail exfoliating products like the following:
- Glycolic Acid;
- Salycilic Acid;
- Acne treatments;
- Microdremabrasion treatment or products;
- AHAs & BHAs;
- Face Masks; and
- Electronic devices like High frequency, Galvanic, etc.
A good rule of thumb: if you think it could be the least bit harsh or irritating on your skin, just don’t use it. You have essentially removed the top layer of your skin, so your skin will be ultra sensitive for a bit.
I would avoid these products for a day or two afterwards. My skin usually bounces back within 24-48 hours.
Sun Safety / Warning.
Again, you have essentially removed the top layer of your skin, so your skin will be ultra sensitive and especially, sun sensitive. I believe in wearing a good, mineral Sunscreen daily, but if you don’t … make sure to do so for a good few days after dermaplaining. You risk sun damage and a sun burn if you don’t! I highly recommend this sunscreen by Elta MD, which is good for sensitive and acne prone skin as well!
Are you a fan of dermaplaining? Will you try this method?! Let me know in the comments below!
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Disclaimer: The former Paralegal in me must disclaim that what works for me, might not work for you. So please do your own additional research, know your skin type and proceed with caution when performing DIY skin treatments at home.