From puberty, when girls are told about hair removal, we’re told that shaving makes hair grow back faster, thicker, and more stubble-like.
So on areas like our face, we stick to bleaching, waxing, and threading off any hair we wanted to hide.
That was until dermaplaning came on the scene, and we saw beauty influencers using shaving tools to remove not only their facial peach fuzz but their dead skin cells too.
For the sake of Is It Worth the Faff? – our weekly review series where we test out hyped-up beauty products – I knew a time would come where I’d have to brave the worry that I’d end up with a full beard. And that time is now.
What is a dermaplaning razor?
These plastic-handled disposable razors are less sharp than the ones you’d use for legs or armpits, and are designed to remove hair and exfoliate.
The blade supposedly sloughs off dead skin to reveal a brighter complexion, as well as helping makeup go on smoother by removing the tiny hairs around your top lip and sideburns.
You can have this done professionally as part of a facial or on its own, and a dermaplaning tool without a guard will usually be used by your aesthetician. Or, you can try these at-home options.
After cleansing, I covered my face in my favourite oil (Aldi’s Lacura Rose Oil – if you know, you know).
Then, you simply swipe the razor over your face, going downwards at a 45 degree angle.
The faff is exceptionally minimal, but you do have to ensure you don’t cut yourself (which is why I took the above fetching illustrative picture rather than taking one while I was actually dermaplaning).
This made my skin feel lovely and soft, and thankfully, I do not look like teen wolf after a couple of days regrowth.
I don’t feel amazing about the fact they’re single use. I’ve seen people say they use them a couple of times, but every aesthetician says that you shouldn’t use a blade like this on your face more than once as it can spread germs. So into the bin it goes after just one shave.
I still do have a little bit of peach fuzz, and I didn’t get the satisfying results I’ve watched on dermaplaning videos, but I’d use again (albeit not regularly because they’re not recyclable).
If you have easily irritated skin or severe acne, perhaps chat to a dermatologist first to ensure you won’t make things worse. For those with normal skin, though, you should get the brightening and smoothing effects.
Is it worth the faff?
These were bought from Amazon for the princely sum of £2.99 for six (with free next-day delivery on Prime) and are easy to use with nice results.
All in, I really like them, and would say that they’re worth the faff.
However, I’ll probably invest in a reusable tool with interchangeable blades in future to assuage my guilt about disposables.
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