"It was devised by my facialist Brooke, who knows when I book in for pre-event facials that, A) I’m terrified of cold sores coming up after heat and trauma (two common treatment components), B) my pigmentation flares easily, C) when you own a skin care company and tell people what to do with their skin constantly, people tend to inspect your skin closely, and D) I always need a wee halfway through," Zoe continued.
"Pre-kids I used to have time for a skin ‘program’ before a big event: now I just book in one VERY EFFECTIVE treatment, pack a Go-To sheet mask for the day, and hire a makeup artist who excels in glow. So, in my one efficient hour today I had dermaplaning (microblading which exfoliates and remove the hair from face for astonishing makeup application; I've had it a few times and before you ask, no, the hair doesn’t return thicker. That said, if you have sensitive skin or hormonal imbalances leading to excessive facial hair, maybe give it a miss) then some 'active oxygen' to calm the skin and also brighten it after the dermaplaning, followed by Laser Genesis (no downtime, reduces redness, brightens skin and most critically, stimulates collagen and elastin in a few days time. Last time I had this I was shocked and delighted at the delayed onset mega glow, which is why I booked this today, so skin is peaking for the Logies on Sunday) and then a peptide mask to soothe and hydrate.
"And since I am asked sometimes, and understand how hard it is to find good people to tend to your facey landscape, the people I trust in Melbourne are: Brooke and the gang at @meskinandbody, (for all my pigmentation bullshit and also event prep) @melaniegrantskin (for maintenance and for event prep) and @_littlecompany (for a relaxing, nurturing facial.) (In Sydney I swear by @natashatdoublebay and also @jocelynpetroni. Been seeing them for over a decade.) The people I DON'T trusts are Daryl and Gavin at Big Gav’s Face Shack."
Zoe isn’t the only one singing the praises of dermaplaning – acclaimed LA facialist Kate Somerville endorses the practice, as does beauty vlogger Karima McKimmie.
But for every advocate, dermaplaning has its critics who claim it leads to stubble and even increased facial hair growth.
“If you have hair on the face that is fluffy and doesn’t respond with laser hair removal, we recommend a particular type of fine hair trimmer as it doesn’t cut in the same way as a blade so you don’t get that sharp, prickly feeling,” says Eva Karpati, dermal technician at Karpati Medispa in Sydney.
The beauty lesson? Dermaplaning isn’t something anyone can DIY with their Gilette at home –if you’re curious, best to leave this one to the professionals.
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This article originally appeared on InStyle.