Ever notice how men don’t seem to have vertical fine lines around their mouths like women do? They have shaving to thank for it.
Face shaving, also known as dermaplaning, is a simple, effective method to slow the signs of aging on our skin. Regular shaving provides constant cellular turnover, which increases volume, elasticity, and collagen production. This form of physical exfoliation also allows for more effective absorption of products.
Whether you have it done by an esthetician in a spa setting or go DIY with a disposable razor in your home bathroom, Karee firmly believes that dermaplaning is a must to ensure cellular turnover between facials. This is why all first-time guests to Karee Hays Esthetics get a live tutorial from one of our estheticians. (You can also watch a video of Karee in action here.)
For those who want to try it for themselves, Karee has the following tips for dermaplaning at home:
Use a men’s razor. Karee recommends Gillette Fusion or Mach 3. Stay away from BIC razors because they are made with nickel, and women’s razors, as they often have moisturizing strips which can cause bacteria to build up.
Use a creamy cleanser to lather your face. Karee likes Cetaphil or CeraVe. Wet your razor first with hot water for best results.
Shave your entire face, making sure not to skimp around the eye and neck areas.
Shave once or twice a week, depending on what your skin needs and how fast your hair grows back. And don't worry; dermaplaning will not cause you to grow a beard. Facial hair will grow back with the same degree of thickness and distribution.
Note: Not everyone is a candidate for at-home dermaplaning. If you have a skin disorder, (PCOS, rosacea, etc.) more than a normal amount of dark coarse hair (also known as terminal hair follicles) on your face, or problems with acne, consult your dermatologist or esthetician before shaving.