Dermaplaning — Why You Should Totally Shave Your Face. ... No, Seriously.

This post is a collaboration with Spa Novus. All included opinions are my own. 

Ever wonder why men appear to age so much slower than women? Because they shave their faces. 

Want to look younger, have improved cellular turnover, and get rid of peach fuzz? Then you should shave your face, too!

Well, kind of. Enter: dermaplaning. 

Denotatively, dermaplaning is a manual exfoliation procedure that requires the use of a (sterile!) scalpel to "shave" away the skin's most outer layer. 

Sounds terrifying, huh? 

Dermaplaning is a beauty service I read about a few years ago, but the idea of someone shaving off the top layer of my facial skin kind of gave me the heebie-jeebies. Serial killer, much? But I kid you not when I say that my skin has never looked better. It's worth every penny. I pinky promise you that.

With the help of a trained med spa professional, you can experience this literal skin miracle for yourself. I see Leslie Baker at Spa Novus in Dothan, and I swear she is my actual skin angel. She's uhh-mazing at her job. She's also really pretty. 

Anywho. Back to the dermaplaning. What was I saying? Oh yeah. It's the bee's knees. With the licensed medical aesthetician of your choosing, you, too, can literally shave away that gross top layer of dead skin to reveal a perfectly glowy and smooth complexion. I am an absolute skin freak, so I take everything done to mine veryyy seriously. I wouldn't recommend this service if I hadn't personally had amazing results. 

I recognize that the idea of someone scraping part of your face off sounds horrifying, but I promise that if you go to the right person, it will be the best skin decision of your life. My skin has a tendency to dehydrate easily, and I struggle with finding a proper exfoliant — hello, dermaplaning. What other beauty treatment do you know that is safe, comfortable, and will make you feel like a million bucks after five minutes? Don't worry; I'll wait. 

This manual exfoliation technique makes skin instantly more radiant, but it also preps it for better absorption and many other services you might want to do next (chemical peels, etc.). When I moisturized the night after having it done, it was astounding how dramatically different my skin felt when my moisturizer was actually properly absorbed. ... Mind blowing. My makeup also went on so much smoother the next day that it was almost alarming. 

A little background on my skin and why this works for me: I have combination skin that is very, very sensitive. And I am always concerned everything will break me out because my pores clog so easily. I have a super minimalistic at-home skin care routine because I fear anything I put on my face will exacerbate my already temperamental skin. My complexion is easily affected by diet, weather, and anything topical I use, so I was initially a little iffy when considering this procedure. Fast forward to now: I've had it done three times, and I get better results each time I do it. 

I hate the feeling of dull skin, and dermaplaning immediately remedies that. Need more benefits? I have super dark hair, which — sadly — means that I have super dark vellus hair (aka peach fuzz), too. Bummer. Dermaplaning gently buffs away all unwanted facial hair. And my brows have never looked so good. Another reason it is satisfying is because you get to see all the dead skin that has been building up and shielding your inner Blanche Devereaux. Bye forever. This technique also lends itself to quicker cell turnover, revealing a younger looking, more even complexion. 

I cannot recommend dermaplaning enough. But what works for me may not necessarily work for you. You have to find which services work best for your specific skin needs, but this technique is definitely worth looking into if you're looking for something to amp up your look. Just make sure you do your research on the medical spa you choose and speak candidly with your aesthetician about your desired results. It's always important to consult with a professional before committing to any spa service. I honestly think you'll <3 it. 

Have you dermaplaned before? What was your experience? Let me know if you've tried it! 

For more details on where I dermaplane, see the Spa Novus Facebook page or contact them at 334.699.2639

Spa Novus Dermaplaning: $40 during Happy Hour (Thursdays & Fridays, 3 - 6 p.m.) with Leslie Baker