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Dermaplaning at Home: The Step-by-Step Guide to “Shaving Your Face”

Lady looking at razor for dermaplaning at home

Dermaplaning at home is easy, and is a seriously effective way to get smooth skin.

Is it as simple as just shaving your face?! Sort of….

This page will show you exactly how to do it at home for the best results.

Should You Really Do Dermaplaning At Home?

Ask a plastic surgeon or dermatologist if you should derma plane at home and the answer will usually be “no”… (perhaps followed by a “come see me instead!“)

But this isn’t because it’s not safe to do—or that it won’t give you results.

It may not give you the exact same results of course: The professionals do it in a way—using a sterile blade or scalpel, that goes a little deeper than you can at home – to the point sometimes there may be tiny blood spots (it’s still superficial so it doesn’t hurt).

But the added benefits of getting a professional to do it are questionable…

The added cost is not!

Professionals will always recommend you see them for treatments (often for good reasons) – however you really can do dermaplaning at home with excellent results. And it is much much cheaper.

What You’ll Experience – The Benefits of Dermaplaning For Your Skin:

What a dermaplane facial does is remove the top superficial layer of skin. It basically sloughs it off to reveal the newer, fresher, more “alive” layer underneath.

This has obvious benefits like instant smoothness and an increase in brightness. But it also:

  • Allows following products and treatments to penetrate deeper, reaching the newer cells where they will actually make a difference! AKA – it removes that layer of dead skin that can act like a barrier to the good stuff.
  • It can help even out skin tone, especially if you have dry patches of skin.
  • Don’t be afraid of getting rid of that “peach fuzz”. Removing that hair seriously brightens your skin, makes you look instantly younger, and will not cause it to grow back thicker or darker despite the myths!
  • Makeup application becomes so much easier. It really helps it glide on and look so much smoother and brighter.
  • And it just feels good. Skin is so smooth to touch afterwards! Your moisturizer makes it even softer. And the razor action is really satisfying and cleansing. You will see why a lot of men enjoy shaving their face – and always feel better after doing so!

How To Dermaplane At Home – The Step by Step DIY Guide

It’s very simple. But does have key points:

  • Get a supply of cheap, one blade, disposable razors. Women’s razor blades work best (sometimes called “eyebrow trimmers”), as they allow a much closer shave. Schick has some quality and well-priced razors here.
  • You can use each blade 3-5 times if you make sure to clean it after use. A blade must always be clean, sharp, and ready.
  • No – you don’t need any sort of dermablading tool or fancy razors!
  • FIRST: Cleanse your face with your normal cleanser. It’s also nice to use a warm face cloth to remove any very superficial dead skin and/or makeup etc.
  • SECOND: Pat dry, then apply a very thin layer of sweet almond, apricot, or jojoba oil to your face. This allows the blade to glide easier on your skin, is a lot more comfortable, and will allow a bit more pressure which is important (and less irritation).
  • THIRD, or…

How to shave your face:

Wet the blade with warm water. Then start with downward strokes – start shaving with the hair growth.

Move the blade slowly and gently over your face  – down the cheeks, jawline, forehead (careful of your hairline!).

Rinse the blade frequently. You will see the dead skin cells and light hairs on it. Satisfying!

Once you’re done – go over your face again, this time against the hair growth.

Because you’ve already gone downwards and removed most of the hair, going upwards now will be more comfortable and provide a greater exfoliation.

  • FINISH: Splash your face a few times with cool water and pat dry. Throw that razor out!
  • Now you can apply a nice hydrating moisturizer or mask. This is also a great time for a serum or active product like retinol as it will penetrate much easier.

Admire how smooth and “glowing” your skin is in the mirror. Seriously!

Advanced Dermaplaning At Home Tips:

  • This is a great treatment that can be done before a chemical peel as it will increase the results. This helps prime the skin so the peel can work more effectively. The easiest way is to follow with a daily peel product such as our Glycolic Daily Exfoliator 7.5%. You can also do an at home peel once every week or two.
  • Use a firm but gentle pressure. Don’t be afraid of pressing down on the blade. Once you’ve done a treatment you will have a good idea of the pressure you can use.

How Often Should You Dermaplane Your Face?

A good frequency is once every one or two weeks.

Everyone’s skin differs – so you will know how often is best for you (perhaps a Sunday ritual?)

You can judge it by: once your skin starts looking dull again, doesn’t feel as smooth, or you notice the tiny hairs coming back.

You can be flexible, it is totally fine!

Get derma blades here >

So get your dermaplaning supplies ready, try it, and enjoy the results! (btw this page is a guide only – if you have any concerns please see a professional).

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