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What is "dermaplaning" - and why isn't it for everyone?
What is "dermaplaning" - and why isn't it for everyone?

"Dermaplaning" promises more beautiful skin and that certain glow. Nevertheless, you shouldn't just blindly imitate the TikTok influencers …

New beauty trend: why women shave their faces now …
New beauty trend: why women shave their faces now …

A full face shave? No, it's not quite as absurd as it sounds at first. Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe and - according to tradition - even Cleopatra regularly shaved their faces. From the forehead to the chin.

Now, thanks to TikTok, facial fluff removal is experiencing a new upswing under the name of "dermaplaning". More and more beauty studios are now offering treatments in which the entire face is worked on with a razor-sharp blade (we shudder!). In this way, the surface of the skin is freed from bothersome downy hair on the one hand and dead skin cells on the other.

The promised effect: Better blood circulation, firmer, smoother skin and a very special glow that we otherwise only know from chemical peelings!


Why is dermaplaning THE beauty trend?

In addition, the treatment has many other advantages, says Vera Pöllabauer, skin expert and owner of the Babor Beauty SPA in Vienna's first district: "Dead skin cells are more likely to be deposited in wrinkles. If these are removed with a scalpel, wrinkles immediately appear less deep."

Even more beauty benefits? Dermaplaning makes the skin shine and make-up also looks much nicer and more even: "The downy hairs on our face in particular make our skin look dull and pale. After the treatment, the glow is immediately visible!"

In addition, the treatment could contribute to better skin hygiene: "Bacteria feel right at home in our downy hairs. They draw their nourishment from it. If we remove the nutrient substrate from them with dermaplaning, the skin improves very quickly with blemished skin and inflammation."

At the same time, the worry (and that would be our greatest fear!) That the baby hairs on the face then grow back as scratchy stubble is completely in vain.

How exactly does dermaplaning work?

This is because the beauty treatment, also known as the Kao Sori treatment (Japanese for "shaved face"), uses a blade that is otherwise only used in surgery. This is one centimeter long and sharply curved at the tip.

The beautician applies this at a 45-degree angle and then scratches the previously cleansed and now dry facial skin in small, quick upward movements. The scalpel-like blade cuts the hair so gently that it grows back very gently. Therefore: Stay away from the disposable razor - unfortunately things don't work so well with that.

Warning against DIY experiments

In addition, there is a high risk of injury due to the almost immobile blades, as the skin expert warns: "Most women's razors also have a care coating. This creates a bacterial focus that our delicate facial skin does not get along well with."

So should DIY experiments à la TikTok be avoided altogether? "There are already scalpel-like dermaplaning razors that ensure safety," says the beauty expert. "It does take practice, however, as the shave should be done in the direction of hair growth and at the right angle."

Who should do without the face shave?

Caution: not everyone is a good candidate for treatment. "Caution is advised in people with sensitive skin, neurodermatitis, rosacea and acne," said Pöllabauer. Dermaplaning could further irritate the skin.

Conclusion: Recommendable! From € 150, -.

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