Dermaplaning - Everything You Need To Know

Dermaplaning aka Dermablading is the hot beauty treatment of the moment and it’s one that’s here to stay. I just had to bring you the inside track, but an interview just wasn’t going to cut it this time, so I went and had the procedure myself. I headed to Charisma Studio in Glasgow – one of the first UK salons to train in Dermaplane – and I am now officially obsessed. Although rather new in the UK, Dermaplaning has actually been around for years and is very big in America - particular with makeup artists performing it on celebrities before red carpet events.

What is it?

My aesthetician Claire made sure that I understood everything that was going to happen before I arrived. She explained that Dermaplane is an effective manual, physical exfoliation method where a sterile, one-use scalpel is used at a 45-degree angle over the face to remove the top most layer of skin and up to 3 weeks-worth of dead skin cells in one visit. It sounds scary, but really, it couldn’t be less so.

Along with the removal of dead skin cells, Vellus hair is also removed. This is the fine, down-like, fluffy hair we all have, and scientifically it won’t grow back darker or thicker - contrary to what some people think. It will, however, grow back just the same as before, which is one of the reasons why this is recommended as a regular treatment.

What happens during it?

When I arrived at Charisma Studio, I was asked to fill in questionnaire about my lifestyle, health and medication intake to make sure that I was suitable for the treatment. Some people who have been recently burnt in the sun, used a sunbed, are on certain skin medications, have active acne or broken/grazed skin, or are on blood thinning tablets etc. will likely not be able to have Dermaplane.

I was then taken into a lovely, relaxing little room with a heated treatment bed and it felt just like a spa. Claire explained again what was going to happen and she asked about my own skin concerns and what I hoped to get out of the treatment. I was then left to remove my necklace and the straps of my top and get into the bed.

Before

The treatment began with two cleanses of my skin using JL Formulations, which is an advanced, good-quality skincare line. Claire says that it's very important a good skincare range is used both throughout and after Dermaplane (as Dermaplane enhances the absorption of products by 80%). This brand has been developed by skin experts and doctors and has been through various clinical trials. It’s also paraben-free and not tested on animals.

After looking closely at my skin and deciding exactly what I needed – Dermaplane (£60) followed by an add-on of Ice Therapy (£15) – it was time for the procedure itself to begin. Claire began to gently scrape at my skin with the scalpel – it didn’t hurt or feel uncomfortable at all and was actually quite relaxing. The scalpel is used so lightly and the process takes only around 30 minutes.

The results

Claire kept everything that came off of my skin on a cotton pad for me to see at the end. The amount of dead skin and hair that comes off varies in each individual, but everyone will experience instant luminosity after the treatment and skin that looks and feels baby soft (which lasts around 2-3 weeks). Claire recommends Dermaplane every 4-8 weeks.

Straight After Treatment

The Next Day

My skin felt and looked incredible and this only improved the next day, when I was literally glowing and makeup went on my skin better than it ever has done before. Others who have this treatment will also find that breakouts should decrease over the next few days and that their skin will also look more youthful and hydrated. Also, depending on any add-ons (such as Ice Therapy, LED masks, micro current or radio frequency), collagen and elastin is also triggered, resulting in anti-ageing effects.

Where to go?

When looking to have Dermaplane, it's crucial that the skin therapist has achieved at least level 3 training in Beauty Therapy, with 6 months’ skin experience. Claire at Charisma Studio has over 10 years’ experience. They also need to have a clinical waste contract for blades and the correct insurance - such as that for semi-permanent makeup.

Would I have Dermaplane again? Definitely! I really enjoyed my treatment and didn’t find it at all daunting. I was also blown away by the results and just constantly wanted to stroke my face as it felt so soft. I’d recommend this for anyone who is bothered by hair on their face, who wants flawless foundation application or who just wants to give their skin a glow boost.

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