Adiós, peach fuzz!
If you have thick hair or a hair color that's not naturally light blonde, then you probably have had close encounters with peach fuzz. Those hairs that linger on your upper lip, cheeks, and other areas of your face can be annoying to deal with. While you could just leave it and rock it, you might just prefer a smoother feel. Trying to remove facial hair with chemical bleaches and painful waxes can make the whole hair removal process tiring. If you're in need of a new way to easily remove pesky facial hairs, then allow us to introduce you to your saving grace: dermaplaning.
Dermaplaning boasts some serious skincare benefits beyond eliminating pesky peach fuzz. This method, typically performed by an esthetician or a dermatologist, uses a surgical blade to scrape away dead surface cells and vellus hair. Think of it as a supercharged form of exfoliation. If you're not already incorporating dermaplaning into your routine, now's a great time to start.
To learn more about the benefits of this treatment, we chatted with two of our absolute favorite estheticians, Judit Galambosi and Eliana Restrepo of JE'DERM Skin Atelier in New York City. "Dermaplaning can stimulate cell turnover and collagen production, soften the appearance of fine lines, improve hyper-pigmentation and texture, increase hydration, and allow for increased penetration of skincare products," Galambosi told us. "It also allows makeup to sit better on the skin."
She explained that dermaplaning can be used in conjunction with regular chemical peels or facials to enhance the effectiveness of each. It also works as a standalone treatment and should be done around once a month.
Restrepo assured us that shaving the face like this will not make your hair grow back thicker or darker, contrary to popular belief. "We cannot change the structure of our follicle by shaving of the hair from the surface of the skin," she said. "Your hair will grow back the same way and at the same speed."
With endless benefits and no downtime needed, we recommend booking a dermaplaning treatment the next time you hit the spa for that monthly facial. But if that's not in your budget, have no fear. We've tested the best at-home dermaplaning devices that'll work for your needs (and your wallet).