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Once a week or so, I like to give my skin a little bit more attention than I do in my daily regimen. Especially now that I’m nearing 30 years old (gulp!), I’m realizing how important it is to take good care of my skin. This weekly skincare routine of exfoliating, pore cleanse, dermaplaning, and self tanning are some of the basics that has worked well for me! I’d love to hear what works for you!
I’ve been using No7 Total Renewal Microdermarasion Exfoliator for about a year now. It’s not your basic daily exfoliating face wash… It’s an intense scrub and it works SO well! I can’t recommend this enough. I like to use this once a week about a day before I self tan.
2. Pore refresh
I use Biore Pore Strips (usually just on my nose) closer to once a month or once every few weeks– whenever I notice that my bores seem clogged- an increase in blackheads/acne. I find that these poor strips work best after I exfoliate.
Dermaplaning is another exfoliating technique that removes peach fuzz and dead skin cells (basically, shaving your face!!!). This is typically a procedure you would get done by a licensed aesthetician using a medical grade scalpel, but there is a rise in popularity for dermaplaning at home!
There are so many benefits:
- helps prevent breakouts (by removing the dead skin cells that clog your poors)
- gets rid of peach fuzz allowing your makeup to set smoother on your face. I think it makes your makeup stay in place longer too!
- brighter skin
- helps reduce the appearance of fine lines.
I’ve gotten quite a few questions, especially about hair regrowth.
The big concern: will my hair grow back thicker/darker?
No! I’ve been doing this for years and I haven’t had any change to the color/thickness to the peach fuzz that I remove when dermaplaning. To clarify again, this is just to remove the translucent peach fuzz that everyone has, not an actual beard ;). I’m a dark haired girl, so I was very nervous about this and that it would grow back darker if i began dermaplaning! I will say that I don’t dermaplane my upper lip since I already wax that (haha we’re getting really personal now!) so to be fully transparent, I don’t know how dermaplaning that area would affect hair regrowth.
To prep: not much is needed! Most sites that I researched say that you shouldn’t use water or any sort of shaving cream. I simply wash my face and make skin is dry before beginning. I’ve heard that some people use a basic face lotion or facial oil before hand, but I’ve found that it doesn’t make a difference for me!
Using short careful downward strokes with my dermaplaning razor at a 45 degree angle I begin shaving my cheeks, jaw, and sometimes forehead. Once I’m done I apply a moisturizing face lotion.
At home dermaplaning Products
I’ve tried three different types of at home derma planing razors. If you’ve looked into this before, chances are you’ve heard of the Tinkle Eyebrow razors. To be honest, I’m not sure why these are so popular. I was pretty disappointed in the quality. To me, they are not sharp enough and don’t last long at all. These would perhaps be a good “beginners” razor if you are nervous about cutting yourself or irritating your skin and want to just give it a try with a more gentle product.
The Schick Silk Touch Up Razors are a little bit sharper than the Tinkle ones- but again, I felt like they got dull very quickly and didn’t exfoliate as well as I wanted.
My favorite: the Personna Eyebrow Shapers. They are VERY sharp and last a long time (Be sure to properly wash and clean after each use by the way). My skin is so soft and smooth after using these. I can tell that they not only get the baby hair, but also really exfoliate the dead skin cells too. I have accidentally cut my face with these before (so embarssing!) so you do have to be really careful with them!
You can find a ton of different youtube tutorials on how to dermaplane if you’re still nervous! Here’s a basic one. She does this on her upper lip too, but again, I do not because I have dark hair there and wax instead (using these wax strips if you’re curious).
Dermaplaning is not recommended for sensitive skin or if you have acne (blemishes can get cut and irritated)
4. Self Tan
About a day after all this wonderful skin care, I go through my self tanning routine. Regular exfoliating helps your self tanner to last longer!
And there we have my weekly skincare routine! Shop below:
Tell me, have you ever done dermaplaning before? Thinking about giving it a try? Let me know in the comments!