There are all sorts of crazy beauty trends to be found on Tiktok. Lately, videos of women shaving their faces have been popping up left right and centre! This might sound strange if you haven’t come across it before, but it isn’t a new craze. It’s called dermaplaning, and it’s been one of influencers’ many secrets to flawless skin for years. So what actually is it, and should you be doing it too?
Dermaplaning uses a special blade to remove dead skin cells and hair from your face. It’s said to help skin appear brighter and more youthful, as well as helping to reduce the appearance of acne scars. It is also said to help your makeup apply more smoothly as there’s no hair to absorb it. Sounds good, right? Though there may be some benefits, it’s important to consider what the potential downsides of this treatment could be.
There are two types of hair that you should know about – vellus hair and terminal hair. They both serve the same function, but they differ in structure. Vellus hair is the almost invisible peach fuzz that covers most of your face and body. As you go through puberty, some of your vellus hair turns into terminal hair which is darker and thicker. They work to regulate the temperature of your body and evaporate sweat. Bottom line is all hair serves a function, no matter where on your body! Removing it may have less than ideal consequences.
Another very important thing to keep in mind is that you shouldn’t automatically copy every trend you see on the internet, no matter how tempting the alleged results may be. It seems obvious, but we know how easy it is to fall for something that promises such an amazing outcome! Tiktok content creators and your favourite influencers are not dermatologists or licensed aestheticians, so they may promote damaging practices without being aware of the side-effects that they might have. This is why dermaplaning should always be performed by a trained professional rather than at home, but that can be expensive!
As for regrowth, you’ll experience it just the same as when you shave the rest of your body. It’s a myth that shaving your hair will cause it to grow back darker and thicker, but it may appear to do so as you’re cutting the hair off at the root and giving it a blunt tip. Because of this, you run the risk of having a stubbly 5 o’clock shadow for a little while. Shaving has also been shown to stimulate hair growth, so your peach fuzz will grow back pretty quickly.
Be aware that dermaplaning is not recommended for problem or sensitive skin either, and can cause ingrown hairs that lead to breakouts. It’s also essential that you use a specific type of dermaplaning blade, as using a normal razor can cause cuts and in some cases scarring.
Most importantly, remember that what you see on social media is not real! Dermaplaning won’t get you that airbrushed, flawless skin that it seems every influencer has. The only thing that can do that for you is photoshop. It’s totally natural to have peach fuzz and some terminal hair on our faces, even as women. We all have it – don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!
Like any cosmetic procedure, dermaplaning has its benefits and its risks. Ultimately it’s up to you to weigh up the pros and cons and determine whether or not it’s the right decision for you.
rubies let us know in the comments below if you would give dermaplaning a try?