Know the difference between Face Shaving and Dermaplaning

Know the difference between Face Shaving and Dermaplaning

  • By Romita Mazumdar

Cannot decide between face shaving at home or going for dermaplaning? Here is a detailed guide on the difference between the two.

Thanks to the internet, many cosmetic treatments and dermatological elements have become familiar to us these days. We all love the radiant, glazed airbrush look on models and actresses, and many of us even crave to achieve that perfection. From home remedies to expensive cosmetic treatment, there are ways to achieve this. One such treatment is dermaplaning. It is often confused with face shaving, owing to the methods implemented. But in reality, they are quite different. Let’s find out what sets dermaplaning apart from face shaving.

What is Face Shaving?

Face shaving is the simple act of using facial razors to remove the hair. The result is a slightly cleaner and brighter appearance. The process removes a few dead skin cells as well but not near enough precisely like dermaplaning.

You can easily perform face shaving at home, with a few tricks here and there. However, note that the results are short-termed, and they last only as long as the hairs do not grow back.

What is Dermaplaning? 

Dermaplaning is a professional cosmetic treatment focused on exfoliating facial skin and removing dead skin cells. The tools and methods of wielding them require trained expertise that cannot be performed at home. It helps clean the facial skin at a much deeper level and even remove oil and dirt build-up in the process.

The result is beneficial in many ways. When you go for professional dermaplaning you get:

  • Visibly softer and smoother skin
  • Brightening of the skin tone as excess dirt, dead cells and other build-ups are removed
  • Superficial hyperpigmentation is minimized
  • Minor scars are also faded to some extent
  • Wrinkles and fine lines are softened

How are these two different?

The primary confusion between the treatments arises as to how the tinkle razors for face shaving look similar to the tools used in professional dermaplaning. In reality, they are very different.

Dermaplaning is performed to scrape off dead skin cells and tiny hair very precisely. The scraping is done only at certain angles to maximize the effectiveness. On the other hand, no such precision is required for face shaving. Also, you can easily shave your face at home, but dermaplaning is only done by professionals.

At home Face Shaving tips

Quite contrary to the myth, face shaving does not make your hair grow back thicker and fuller. If you are trying to get rid of those upper lip hair and other areas of facial hair growth, face shaving is a wise choice. Moreover, it is safe for all skin types.

To get the maximum results here are some tips to follow:

  • Use aloe vera gel or any facial oil before you start shaving as a barrier. This makes the razor glide smoothly and limits the chances of cuts
  • After shaving, apply a generous amount of moisturizer all over to soothe the skin
  • Scrape the razor in the opposite direction of hair growth for maximum result
  • Do not keep scraping on the same area multiple times to prevent irritation and wounds
  • If you have active acne, scar or inflammation, do not shave at all
Post-shaving and in general, use a high SPF sunscreen whenever you go out
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