Dermaplaning – the rumours tell us that it exfoliates skin, encourages glow, and removes facial fuzz. Fine. The tool used? A surgical scalpel. Right. It’s a hot topic in the Treatwell office, so we did our research; here are the three things to know about 2019’s cult facial.
By Rachel Spedding
1 How does it work?
The exfoliating treatment works by scraping dead cells (and fine hairs) from the skin's surface with a surgical scalpel, moving the tool slowly across the face. It’s an instant skin refresh. How? Build-up of dead skin can make for a 'dull' complexion and encourage breakouts (from clogged pores and blocked hair follicles). Hair-removal is sort of a side note, the real resolution is fresher feeling skin, from the exfoliating cleanse.
2 How will my skin look?
Pretty great, pretty fast. You’ll likely experience a little redness at first, and your skin may feel drier than usual for a few days, but the downtime post-treatment is seriously minimal. So much so, you could head for a treatment on your lunch break, and be back at work – around 40 minutes later – looking extra glowy. Do make sure to layer up the sun cream though – after exfoliation, your skin is especially susceptible to sun damage.
3 How long do the results last?
For a few weeks, actually (up to four at best). Dermaplaning can remove 'three weeks worth' of dead skin cells, meaning a month-long glow should ensue. If you’re a skincare obsessive (welcome, we’re all friends here), then this is the best bit: removing dead cells means products can be absorbed deeper beneath the skin's surface, more easily, and makeup will apply more evenly. "Book me in", I hear you cry – you can do that riiiiiight here.