March is the time when winter is nearing to a close — hopefully — and spring is welcoming us with her sweet, warm hug; the trees, flowers, and grass are taking in the sun’s rays and flourishing under its warmth. The birds are chirping; the squirrels are playing; humans are shedding layers of coats and boots to welcome kinder temperature.
Everything is renewing to its lively, brighter self.
In celebration of spring’s awakening Komorebi is focusing on renewal of all things, including our skin.
Cold, dry Wisconsin winters can be trying for our largest organ. As skin dryness increases, it results in flakiness and dullness. Skin may be breaking out more than usual, or maybe it’s itching. Makeup wearers may notice foundation is not applying as smoothly. Our skin sheds dead-cells constantly, and on average we are wearing a new layer of skin every 28 days, but external and internal factors can impact the way our skin self-exfoliates, resulting in not-so-healthy and not-so-happy skin. Stress, medications, aging — and especially the weather.
To assist the skin’s natural exfoliation during this dry period, it’s recommended to experience a professional exfoliation once a month to promote renewal of healthy, glowing skin. Dermaplaning is a highly sought-after professional exfoliation that can remove weeks worth of dead skin cells resulting in a smoother, more even looking complexion.
What is Dermaplaning?
Dermaplaning is performed by a licensed professional using a fresh stainless steel surgical blade to gently exfoliate dead skin-cell buildup and vellus hair on the chin, cheeks, forehead, and nose.
The history of this service dates back over 40 years, when it was first used by surgeons and dermatologists in replacement of chemical peels. Over time instead of using Dermaplaning as a replacement, professionals began to use it as an enhancement: performing the service before a chemical peel to prepare skin for the treatment, resulting in a more vigorous peel.
Dermaplaning is a great alternative to chemical peels and microdermabrasion. It’s safe for pregnant and nursing mothers, and it is customizable. It speeds up the cellular turnover rate by encouraging new skin to take the place of the removed dead skin, and there’s no down-time! Some rosiness may appear after your first session, but typically will not last more than a couple hours.
What are the benefits of Dermaplaning?
- Smoother complexion
- Lightening of hyperpigmentation
- Softening fine lines
- Tightening the appearance of pores
- Deeper product penetration
- Baby soft skin
It makes makeup applications look flawless!
Is Dermaplaning painful?
Absolutely not. It’s almost therapeutic! People have taken a power-nap during their sessions. It sounds like and feels like a colored pencil is lightly coloring on the skin.
Will my hair grow back darker or thicker?
No. The hair that is removed is vellus hair, rather than terminal hair. Terminal hairs are the thick, dark, and typically longer hairs, such as eyebrows, or the hairs found under the arms or on your legs after puberty. The increase of the androgenic hormone causes vellus hair to fall out and terminal hair to take its place. Vellus hair, or peach fuzz, are the light, fine hairs typically found on children’s bodies or adult cheeks, ears, stomachs, etc.
If there are terminal hairs in the area to be Dermaplaned (between the brows, outside brow shape, upper lip, or chin) it is recommended to wax or tweeze the area before any Dermaplaning appointment. (Wax 1-7 days prior depending on skin type.) Going over terminal hairs during Dermaplaning results in duller blade and less effective exfoliation.
Is Dermaplaning the same as shaving?
Dermaplaning is not like shaving- unless you shave with a stainless steel surgical blade. The blade that is used during treatment versus the blade that is found on a razor is much thinner to precisely lift and remove dead skin. The main goal for Dermaplaning is to remove dead-cells, whereas the main goal for shaving is to remove hair.
What are the risks to Dermaplaning
Similar to shaving, nicks are a possibility during a Dermaplaning service. To reduce risk:
- See a licensed professional who is certified in Dermaplaning. There is rigorous training involved in the certification process.
- Ensure you have a thorough consultation with your esthetician before the service so both you and your esthetician create trust and can talk through expectations
- Turn off your phone or put it on silent to prevent startling noises
- Chat some other time. The esthetician needs a still surface to perform the service, and their sole focus should be on your skin and the blade.
Be sure to address any concerns or questions with the service provider before the treatment begins!
How should I take care of my skin after my Dermaplaning Session?
Since dead cells and vellus hair have been sloughed off, the skin will absorb products more effectively. Although there is no down-time after this treatment, it is advised to always use some sort of sunblock. (I recommend Ilike Organic’s Tomato Face and Body for Exposed skin.)
A serum and moisturizer also benefits the skin after an appointment and assists in maintaining a healthy glow. Ilike’s Brightening Serum and Rosehip Serum are both great serums to utilize at home. The Rosehip helps with redness and tightening of the pores, whereas the Brightening Serum uses parsley, lemon, and stonecrop to brighten any areas of hyperpigmentation from sun damage or acne scarring.
Apple and Lemon Whipped Moisturizer is a wonderful moisturizer to further help with hyperpigmentation and hydrate without feeling heavy.
Is Dermaplaning right for me?
Dermaplaning can be done on most individuals, but there are some contraindications. It is best to reach out to a licensed professional certified in Dermaplaning to talk about if this treatment is right for you!
We are always happy to answer any questions you may have about the service and whether or not it is appropriate for your skin-type and skincare goals.
We hope you’ll come experience a Dermaplaning treatment and renew your skin back to its lively, bright self with us at Komorebi & Co!
Valerie Heinz is a Licensed Esthetician and Dermaplaning Technician. She shares her services and love of skincare as part of the team at Komorebi & Co.