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Dermatologist-Approved Guide to Dermaplaning at Home

Dermaplaning is a common procedure at a beauty salon. But, not everybody can or wants to go to the salon right now. Is there a way to do a dermaplaning treatment at home? Or does it have to be done by a professional? Turns out, if you know what you’re doing, you can do it at home. This step-by-step guide will tell you how to perform dermaplaning at home safely.

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What Is Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is a cosmetic procedure. During dermaplaning, the beautician removes the top layers of your skin with a small scalpel blade. The goal is to make your skin as smooth as possible by eliminating your dirt, oil, peach fuzz, and dead skin cells.

Dermaplaning is very effective in making your skin appear youthful, bright, and smooth. But, the results only last around three weeks. Since a typical dermaplaning appointment with a certified dermatologist would cost around $150-200, many people prefer to dermaplane at home.

Is At-Home Dermaplaning Safe?

Since dermaplaning involves handling a sharp blade, it’s fair to question how safe it is. The short answer is yes, dermaplaning at home can be safe. But, keep in mind that your untrained hands are no match to the skills of a trained professional. Be very careful at all times when you handle the dermaplaning blade.

For those of you wondering if dermaplaning will make your hair grow back thicker and darker, we’re happy to confirm that that’s a myth. Since dermaplaning doesn’t hurt your hair follicles, your facial hair will grow back exactly as it was before.

Is Dermaplaning at Home Good For Your Skin?

Yes, dermaplaning at home is just as good for your skin as a dermaplaning appointment at a dermatologist or beauty salon. If you do it right, the benefits of dermaplaning can revitalize and restore the glow of your complexion.

4 Benefits of Dermaplaning

Dermaplaning has plenty of benefits. And if you follow this guide, you can surely enjoy them. These are the 4 main benefits of why people get dermaplaning treatments or attempt to do them at home.

1. Dermaplaning Exfoliates Your Skin

First and foremost, dermaplaning is an exfoliating treatment. It gets rid of the dirt, oils, and dead skin cells that accumulate on your face. 

2. You Get a Brighter Complexion

Remove the upper layer of dead skin cells, also removes the dull look. This will give you a radiant glow and a bright complexion.

Usually, a dermatologist does dermaplaning, but you can do it for yourself too.

3. Your Skin Care Products Will Be More Effective

Facial hair can trap dirt and oils, which make it even harder for the skin care products to use to penetrate your skin. After dermaplaning at home, you’ll find that your creams and lotions will also be more effective.

4. Makeup Will Be Easier to Apply

Since your face is smoother after dermaplaning, it will also be easier to apply makeup afterward. Think of it as applying paint to a fresh canvas. It’s much easier. 

How to Dermaplane at Home (In 4 Easy Steps)

Dermaplaning at home isn’t hard. All you need to do is take these simple steps to ensure that you get the best results. And getting a razor before you begin also helps. You can buy dermaplaning tools at your local drugstore.

Step 1: Cleanse

The first step before dermaplaning at home is to wash your face. Use a gentle cleanser to remove any dirt or makeup from your face. Starting with a clean canvas is crucial for a soft and successful dermaplaning process.

Step 2: Dermaplaning/Shaving

Now comes the fun part of dermaplaning at home. Get your razor ready. The direction and technique of your dermaplaning matter. Make sure you’re always holding the razor at a 45-degree angle against your skin. Short downward strokes are the best way to go when you’re dermaplaning at home.

Keeping the skin taut and moving from top to bottom is the general rule of thumb when it comes to dermaplaning at home.

Follow this dermaplaning directional guide to shave with your hair direction in mind:

  1. Start at the top of your ear, and move towards your mouth. 
  2. Pull the razor along your jawline on your cheek.
  3. Once you get close to your mouth, move back to the ear, and repeat the process a little bit lower on your cheek.
  4. Repeat this process on both cheeks.
  5. On your chin, move downward in short strokes from your mouth.
  6. On your upper lip, move from the nose to your lip in slow, short strokes.
  7. When you’re dermaplaning your forehead, make sure you avoid the hairline or eyebrows. 
  8. Lastly, you can also dermaplane your neck. Move the razor carefully down your neck from your jawline.

What to Avoid When You Dermaplane at Home

The list above is a great list of to-dos when you’re dermaplaning yourself. But, also make sure you avoid these common mishaps to keep your skin healthy and fresh.

  • Avoid your hairline and your eyebrows. Whipping your eyebrows into shape is easy with a razor. But, make sure you’re careful with how much you shave off.
  • Don’t shave your eyelids of the sides of your nose. The skin around your eye is very thin and sensitive. It also doesn’t have any hair you need to worry about. Avoid shaving your eyelids of the sides of your nose to avoid irritation.
  • Don’t go against the grain as this could cause more skin irritation.

Having the right razor is crucial for successful dermaplaning.

Step 3: Apply Toner

After dermaplaning at home, your skin will be sensitive. Applying a good quality toner will help calm your skin down and minimize the risk of further irritation. 

We recommend the EltaMD Skin Recovery Toner for the best results. This oil-free and pH-balanced toner will help restore your skin barrier.

Step 4: Moisturize

The final step of your at-home dermaplaning routine should always be to moisturize. You can help restore the skin barrier’s natural oils that you stripped away, and revitalize your complexion. Thanks to dermaplaning, your skin will absorb even more of the moisturizer, making the benefits even better.

The BIALife Healing Moisturizer is our top pick to restore your skin’s natural hydration in the most caring and effective way. The stem cells in this moisturizer provide a multi-targeted approach to restore your skin barrier.

Ask a Dermatologist Mentor About Dermaplaning at Home

Dermaplaning at home is a great way to get a brighter and healthier complexion for cheap. But, you need to be careful about your technique when you do it. Otherwise, you risk skin irritation and even injury. 

Having a dermatologist as your skin care mentor can help you navigate the at-home dermaplaning process. You can also get personalized advice and unique product recommendations that will truly get your skin glowing.

At BIALife, we want to make skin care a personal experience. We want to give you guidance to suit your skin type and bring you the best results. Having a dermatologist as your skin care mentor can also help you navigate the at-home dermaplaning process.

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With love, Janelle & Shasa

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