Despite having a small surgical blade scrape the peach fuzz off your clean, dry skin, it's not an uncomfortable feeling. It definitely doesn't feel like you're about to have your face sliced open (thankfully). In my case, the therapist was so chill she was asking me questions and shaving away while I spoke. All up, the procedure lasts about 30-40 minutes depending on how long it takes to get your face squeaky clean and prepped for the treatment.
How It Feels Immediately After
Not going to lie, it did feel like I had been dry-shaved, but that's because I had! Immediately following the procedure my skin felt tight but extremely smooth. Resist the urge to lovingly stroke your face, unlike me, and definitely don't head to the gym after your treatment. While there's no downtime for a treatment like this, you do need to keep your face as clean and clear of nasties (like sweat and pollution) for a good 12 hours, or at least until the next morning. Why? You could run the risk of a breakout.
How It Feels a Few Days After
If you try dermaplaning for one reason only, you gotta do it just to experience how amazing it is to apply makeup to your smoothest of skins. Everything glides on like silk and the beauty of having rid your face of its peach fuzz is you don't need as much foundation. (See? Beauty saves money!)
I was warned that by day 10 my face could feel a little spiky. And that terrified me. But around the 10-day mark I couldn't feel much. It has been more than a month since I was compelled to try dermaplaning and I still don't think everything has completely returned (thinking it got the hint?!). The hairs that have reappeared do feel softer than I expected and definitely aren't visible. The results are pretty amazing!
What You Need to Know (That I Didn't)
- Dermanplaning is like an exfoliation on steroids so get ready, gal, because your skincare is about to get to some serious work. Once dermaplaning has removed what obstructs your serums and moisturisers from doing an A+ job, your skin will glow in ways you never thought it could and your skincare will penetrate your pores like it has always wanted.
- Darker hairs (around your eyebrows, upper lip and hairline) are considered hormonal and all good therapists avoid them. If you shave the dark ones, they'll grow back similar to the hair on your legs, which isn't ideal for your face.
- If you have a special event coming up that requires your skin to look extra fab, book in for dermaplaning two to three days before. Day three and four is when your skin will be seriously on point.
- Just because you've had it done once doesn't mean you have to keep going back every few weeks for upkeep — it's not that kind of treatment. Go back if you like, or don't. You definitely won't be locked into fortnightly appointments for the next 600 years, it's that great!