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What is Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning New treatment this summer is Dermaplaning, I have had many people question, what is dermaplaning? Is it good for you skin? What will it look like after?

What is Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is also known as blading, skin resurfacing or skin levelling. Dermaplaning removes the outer most layers of the dead skin cells, immediately leaving the skin feeling soft and smooth. It is a non-traumatic facial and most are suitable to have this treatment. This is another form of exfoliation. With this exfoliation of the dead skin cells, the vellus hair in removed, causing the skin to be perfectly silky smooth. This is turn allows make-up to sit flawlessly on the skin, as it will not clog the hairs. Dermaplaning is using a surgical sterile blade to remove to excess dead skin and downy hair.

Why have Dermaplaning?

Dermaplaning is very popular with celebrities in this high definition era. It makes the skin look more defined and sharp, perfect for all those instagram photos.

Dermaplaning is a manual method of exfoliation, this means most people can have this treatment. It helps with rough, dry skin and can help with superficial pigmentation and scarring.

Treatment results are more refined, smooth, glowing appearance.

But what about the hair growing back?!

The hair that is removed from your skin is called vellus hair, it is soft and downy. This can grow back slightly blunt, but will always be vellus hair. If the hair is terminal (darker and/or thicker) it will come back as terminal. Dermaplaning cannot change the hair to something it wasn’t in the first place.

What happens in the facial?

A thorough consultation is done at the start of the treatment, to ensure the treatment is suitable and what will be needed for each individual client. As with any facial I start with a cleanse and tone of the skin, the dermaplaning is then performed and an Alumier MD mask is applied to the face. Depending what was discussed during the consultation, the face mask that is applied will be what is needed for the skin i.e Deep Moisture Mask, Enzyme Therapy Mask or Refining Clay Mask. After the mask is washed off, Recovery Balm and SPF 40 is applied to the skin.

What happens after the facial?

You will be given aftercare to ensure that you take good care of your skin. Your skin will feel bare or someone described to me one ‘naked’! So always make sure you follow the aftercare and a big must is wearing SPF all day every day, especially in the summer months.

How often do I have this treatment?

This is entirely up to you. Clients love to have dermaplaning for a special one off treatment or some like to have it as a regular, every 4 – 6 week treatment. It is recommended that anyone having it done for a wedding have a trial facial five weeks before the big day, to ensure their skin is suitable and not too sensitive for the deep exfoliation.

I hope this has answered your questions on dermaplaning and has helped you decide whether it is suitable for you. If you have any more questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.

This treatment is available at Kay Cooper Skin Centre, and you can book here online.

Watch the video of dermaplaning here

 

How to Remove a Skin Tag

Skin tags can make you feel self conscious and slightly uncomfortable in your own skin. I have had a few and all I have wanted to do is pull them off! Annoying little things. But what are these things and why do we have them and most importantly, how do we remove them?

What is a skin tag?

It is a piece of fibrous tissue, which is loose collagen and blood vessels. Its actual name is fibroepithelial polyp. You know it’s a skin tag by the “mushroom” shape. Thin piece of skin attached and a big bulby head. They are mainly found on the neck, underarms and groin or under breast area. Any area the skin rubs together. Commonly found in men or women that are older or over weight and pregnant ladies.

Skin tags are harmless and do not normally cause any pain or discomfort. With that in mind the NHS do call that cosmetic and so anyone wanting them removed would have to pay privately.

Skin Tag Removal

 

Home Remedies

There are a few home remedies that can be tried and have been known to be effective.

An old wives remedy was to tie a piece of string around it and eventually the blood flow would stop and it would fall off. I remember my mum helping my Nan with this method. Though I do remember my Nan at one point having lots of string around her neck. I think it takes a  while for them to fall off!

Another home remedy is to put lemon juice on the skin tag, this will help to dry it out. I have never known this way, so I can’t comment on how effective this method is.

Another way is to go to your local pharmacy and purchase a freezing spray kit, which costs roughly £20. You can then spray the skin tag and it will after two weeks will fall off. (Quoted from Boots online shop).

Salon Method

The method I use and found very effective is with electrolysis. I remove the skin tags with an electrolysis probe. The probe will have a current running through it. This will cauterise the blood flow and leaves a tiny little crust in the skin tags place, this will naturally fall off after a week and should leave barely any scar, if nothing at all.

A15 minute treatment can cost £45. This time can be used for up to 10 skin tags, depending on the size of them and how long they have been there.

Watch a Skin Tag Removal Video Here