Dermaplaning is Hollywood’s biggest anti-ageing secret—so well kept, in fact, that household names have been doing it for decades, centuries even, and we’ve been none the wiser. Rumour has it Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor and even Cleopatra were fans of the painless treatment that promises to enhance your glow and rejuvenate your skin to keep it looking younger for longer. Today it’s a given that pretty much every famous face in Hollywood books in. The details of the treatment also go some way to explaining why, depressingly, men seem to age slower than women. Intrigued? We called on Harley Street–based aesthetic doctor David Jack to reveal everything you need to know about Hollywood’s biggest beauty secret.
“Dermaplaning is a form of deep skin exfoliation and resurfacing using a surgical scalpel blade,” Jack explains. Okay, it may sound like something out of a horror movie, but essentially it’s a just very close shave which clears the way for your skincare to work more effectively and for your complexion to look its glowing best.
“It involves using the blade to remove the top dead layers of the skin to reveal the healthy skin cells underneath and also to remove the fine hairs on the surface of the face,” he adds. And the benefits are two-fold: “Your skin gets a refresh as it tackles skin issues like dullness, and it removes fine vellus, those peach-fuzz hairs.”
“Usually for the full face and neck, it takes around 30 minutes,” Jack says. If you want to maximise on the treatment and boost skin glow, he recommends coupling the dermaplaning with a light peel, which extends the treatment time to 45 minutes.
So how long before a big event should you book in? Jack explains that there is fairly minimal downtime, “just a little redness directly afterward, then a couple of days of dryness and maybe some flaking of the skin.”
You’ll see benefits for a few weeks after, so Jack recommends booking in every six to 12 weeks. Think of it like a spring-cleaning for your skin.
Microdermabrasion involves exfoliating the skin with a combination of micro-crystals and vacuuming. “Dermaplaning is a lot more technique-dependent than microdermabrasion, so the result depends a lot more on who’s doing it, but if you have dermaplaning done by someone skilled, it will be superior to microdermabrasion,” Jack says.
“Face razors will exfoliate, but the angle and pressure required to properly dermaplane is much more precise!”
Need more convincing? Cate Blanchett told Byrdie.com last year that the secret to her perfect complexion was exfoliating. "Look at men in their 40s and then look at women in their 40s—for men, their skin looks really good because they shave every day."
Dr. David Jack offers dermaplaning from £100.
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