It’s usually just about right here when I notice them. Hopping in the car, on my way out somewhere and I tilt my rear-view just to catch a quick glimpse of myself before I head off…. that is usually when I notice them. They could be just a few tiny brunette soldiers standing at attention or they could be a gang of thin wispy white hairs just blowing in the breeze. Or, sadly, most of the time, it is both.
I don’t want to admit it to myself, admit it to you and certainly not to my boyfriend but yes, I have a beard. Not quite in the class of Santa or Chuck Norris but definitely one that could rival most Grade 11 boys. I also have the added benefit (curse) of a lovely layer of white peach fuzz all over my face and neck.
In the winter it is usually just getting in the way of my makeup, clogs my pores and causes breakouts but in the summer, it is a lovely white glow over my face. No matter how much you try, your skin will typically tan a small amount in the summer. For me, that is where the rubber meets the road when it comes to the skin/hair differential on my face. Sometimes it looks like I have that Elizabeth Taylor filter on my face, just sort of fuzzy and a bit blurred. But upon further inspection, it is pretty clear that we are dealing with full on fur mask.
This is where Dermaplaning comes in.
Dermaplaning is essentially using a very sharp blade in an upward motion on taught skin to remove up to 3 weeks worth of dead skin cells. Consequentially (and this is where I get excited) the procedure removes all of those fine vellus hairs. Using a scalpel and a delicate touch, I simply abrade the surface of the skin using light feathering strokes. Dermaplaning should be the treatment of choice for clients who have excess light-coloured hair on the skin who cannot be treated with an IPL or laser system due to the lack of pigment in the hair. This hair often causes a buildup of dirt and oils in the follicles, so removing the hair also gives the patient healthier looking skin.
Many patients are concerned that the hair will grow back heavier and darker after dermaplaning. This is not the case. As long as the hair is superficial vellus hair, it will grow back at the same rate and texture as before the treatment.
The procedure is good for everyone, all skin types and can be performed on pregnant and breastfeeding clients. The only exception is if you have extremely oily skin or very active acne. There is no downtime at all; your skin feels and looks amazing immediately after treatment. Your skin care products will penetrate better and your make up will glide on like butter. Mineral butter of course.
Next time you’re in the car, tilt your rear-view down and have a quick look. If you notice anything that shouldn’t be there, give us a call. I am happy to help get rid of it and I promise; your secret is safe with me. I know you won’t tell mine.
Until next time,