Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Is Dermaplaning for you?

I get a lot of emails about which foundations are best if you have a lot of fine downy hair (vellus hair) on your face. The long and short of it is, if the hair is there then every single makeup product you layer on top will cling, there is no wonder product that won’t.

 The only way to try and combat this is to apply a very sheer wash of base makeup, use a really loose fibred brush and spritz the area well with a facial spritz before buffing the product down to almost nothing. If you prefer a heavier foundation then you’ll find the vellus hair will still be visible, especially in sunlight.

So, the beauty industry has come up with a treatment that will eliminate the fine downy hair that causes some people a lot of bother. This is not really a new treatment, apparently Cleopatra used it and Marilyn Monroe too, although I was under the impression that Marilyn liked the soft focus that her peach fuzz gave her! Maybe using Marilyn is just a marketing ploy?

So what is Dermaplaning?

 It’s a non-invasive treatment that is carried out by a trained skin therapist or practitioner. The therapist will use a sterile, surgical scalpel held at a 45 degree angle, to remove the fine peach fuzz from the face as well as removing the very surface layer of dead skin cells. They will use light feathering strokes that won’t penetrate, damage or injure the skin.

By removing the vellus hair and the dead skin cells, the skin will appear smoother; cell regeneration is triggered, as with standard exfoliation methods and the skin is able to receive your skin care more effectively. You’ll also find that your makeup will sit smoother on the face and have a more radiant and fresh appearance.

Will my hair grow back thicker, stubbly or darker?

No. The hair under your arms, legs, pubic area and head are classed as terminal hair. Terminal hair is pigmented and grows from follicles much deeper down in the dermis.

 Vellus hair on the other hand has a lighter pigment, is finer and softer and grows from a much more superficial follicle closer to the surface of the skin. It doesn’t grow back with a blunted tip in the way terminal hair does.

Can anyone have Dermaplaning?

It’s best avoided if you have very sensitive skin, on going skin conditions that are being treated by a dermatologist or those with acne. The reason being for this is that your skin may be broken and open to spread of bacteria.

 It may also feel uncomfortable for you.

A Dermaplaning treatment will usually take up to 45 minutes to complete and may be followed on with additional skin treatments if necessary or desired.

 Pricing will depend on your location and therapist but you should expect to pay anything from £65 upwards.

 The vellus hair will grow back as it was before in around 6-8 weeks so this is not a one-stop-shop treatment. It’s an on-going treatment that requires maintenance.


  1. I regularly dermaplane to remove my peach fuzz with specialized facial razors from Tinkle. Can't live without them!

    Angela at Blush & Pearls

  2. I have been wondering about this for some time now!

    Danielle xx

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  4. It's always been so difficult to deal with facial peach fuzz. It can be very annoying, especially because it grows back so fast when shaving with a razor. So the fact that with this procedure it takes around 6 weeks to grow back is so much better. Thanks for sharing this!


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