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People Are Shaving Their Faces for Smoother Skin—But Is It Worth the Risk?

Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor swore by this back in the day, too!
People Are Shaving Their Faces for Smoother Skin—But Is It Worth the Risk?
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Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor swore by this back in the day, too!

If you're open to experimenting with your exfoliating routine, you may want to consider dermaplaning—or shaving your face. It's a golden secret for smoother skin, and it's popular among Hollywood stars like Reese Witherspoon, Carrie Underwood, and even icons like Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor! Models and influencers are also getting into this trend, and if you want to know more, keep scrolling!

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What Is Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is basically shaving your facial hair, but it also scrapes off dead skin cells from your face using a fresh razor, blade or scalpel to make your face look and feel smoother. You may opt to have this done professionally or at home if you aren't afraid to DIY.

Feeling skeptical? Read on to read all about dermaplaning's benefits and expectations:

1. It removes excess hair.

Since dermaplaning is almost like shaving, the process easily sloughs off unwanted hair and peach fuzz from your face, leaving your skin with better texture.

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2. It's quick and painless.

Using the right product before shaving and the correct razor can help with dermaplaning. Pre-shave products can help the razor glide through your skin easily as you scrape off the dead skin and hair.

3. It can improve skin texture.

Since dermaplaning scrapes off dead skin cells and hair, this procedure can make your skin appear smoother. The removal of impurities also helps your skin absorb your skincare products better, penetrating your skin deeper.

4. It could help prevent breakouts.

Since you are deep exfoliating and removing excess hair from your face, you are actually preventing gunk build-up on your pores and hair follicles. Of course, combining this procedure with your usual exfoliator will help you yield better results!

5. It won't make your facial hair grow thicker.

If you are hesitant to try this because of your fear of coarser hair growth, then fret not. The hairs grow back just the same as before!

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How To Dermaplane Your Face at Home

While some people prefer to dermaplane with an experienced aesthetician or during a facial, some perform it comfortably in their bathrooms as part of their skincare routine. It’s actually quite easy! Just follow these steps below:

1. Apply some pre-shave.

This part is optional depending on your skin, but to avoid irritation like burns or cuts, applying pre-shave like soap, oil, or cream can help. The pre-shave can also ease the shaving process by helping the razor slide smoothly across your skin. You may use any oil or cream-based product for this, but here are some products you can try:

Mill Creek Botanicals Shower & Shave Gel in Eucalyptus

This daily-use gel for all skin types has a nourishing formula with argan oil and calendula extract that will rejuvenate and protect your skin from irritation.

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Shower & Shave Gel in Eucalyptus, P297, MILL CREEK BOTANICALS, iHerb

Human Nature Natural Shaving Cream

This shaving cream contains aloe vera extract that moisturizes the skin. It's the perfect cushion against razor burns and cuts for smoother shaving.

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Natural Shaving Cream, P174.75, HUMAN NATURE, Lazada

2. Pull the skin taut and then use a razor to shave in short, downward strokes at a 45-degree angle.

You can shave pretty much everywhere on you face, including your forehead, chin, and nose. You'll need a single-edge and single-blade razor for precise shaving with dermaplaning. While you can use the same razor you use for your eyebrows for demplaning, it's not recommended that you use the same razor used on your legs and other parts.

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Here are some dermaplaning razors to consider:

Mumuso Foldable Eyebrow Razor with Precision Cover

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Foldable Eyebrow Razor with Precision Cover, P179, MUMUSO, Lazada

Kai Bubble Eyebrow Razor

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Bubble Eyebrow Razor, P59, KAI, Watsons

Nichido Eyebrow Shaver

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Eyebrow Shaver, P53, NICHIDO, Lazada

3. After shaving, moisturize your skin to soothe it.

To relieve your skin from post-exfoliating redness or to simply soothe it after the procedure, a good moisturizer with calming ingredients can aid to your rescue. 

Nature Republic Soothing Aloe Vera Gel

This gel contains aloe vera extract, which is well-known for its soothing and moisturizing effect on the skin.

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Soothing Aloe Vera Gel, P245, NATURE REPUBLIC, Shopee

Fresh Formula Bounce Back Ultra Moisturizing Serum

This hydrating lotion with aloe, niacinamide, and green tea extract is also a night serum that calms irritation while improving your skin's texture.

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Bounce Back Ultra Moisturizing Serum, P399, FRESH FORMULA, Shopee

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4. Apply sunscreen during the day.

It's crucial to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays after exfoliating. That said, sun protection should be a part of your daily routine whether you decide to pursue this procedure or not! Try these lightweight formulas below:

Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++

This best-seller's claim to fame is its serum-like texture that sinks in easily without any heavy residue. It also contains glycerin and hyaluronic acid for fresh and dewy-looking skin.

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UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50+ PA++++, P489, BIORE, Watsons

Cosrx Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF 50 PA+++

This soothing formula provides sun protection and long-lasting hydration without leaving any white or sticky residue.

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Aloe Soothing Sun Cream SPF 50 PA+++, P690, COSRX, Watsons

To see the steps in action, here's a dermaplaning tutorial by celebrity makeup artist Nam Vo:

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What to Expect After Dermplaning

Despite the use of blades, dermaplaning is actually a low-risk procedure. You just need to be cautious and precise with how you shave and handle your skin! You may expect some slight redness after the procedure, but it doesn't always happen to everyone. This is the where your moisturizer comes in handy for relieving purposes.

For those with sensitive skin or existing skin conditions like rosacea, it'll be best to pass from this procedure or consult with a professional first. That's because for this skin type, dermaplaning might cause irritation or worsen existing breakouts.

While dermaplaning may not be for everybody, you always have a lot of options for exfoliating whether it’s a procedure done professionally by an expert, or a chemical exfoliant that you can use from the comfort of your home!

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