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Going under the knife

Dermaplaning involves removing dead skin cells and tiny facial hairs - with a scalpel. It may sound scary, but it's not at all says Muddy's Amy Dudgeon.

I never thought I’d go under the knife (as such) until I found out about dermaplaning a new treatment that is making waves in the beauty industry. Dermaplaning promises to tackle a multitude of skin issues – acne, dullness, wrinkles, ageing and uneven skin tone, to name a few. And recently, I spent an hour under the steady hand of Kelly at Polished in Godalming to find out if the hype was true.

Kelly was extremely knowledgeable about the procedure, which is thought to originate in Asia (along with lots of other facial hair treatments like threading) and has now made its way over to the West. But what is it? Even though I’d done my research I was still unsure about what the treatment actually entailed. Luckily, Kelly was on hand to explain. Dermaplaning, at its basic level, is a method of skin exfoliation. A licensed practitioner uses a small but sharp blade to gently take away the outer surface of your skin to remove dead skin cells and vellus hair.  The result is a smooth, glowing complexion free of facial hair. Sounds great right? I know what you’re thinking – does it hurt? Will I be cut? Will my facial hair grow back thicker? The answer to all – is no.

The treatment started with a cleansing face massage, which was deliciously relaxing and calming. Then on to the real business. Kelly asked if I wanted to see the blade before we started, and whilst I’m not normally squeamish I thought I’d wait until after the treatment to view the tools of the trade! I didn’t want my imagination running away with me…. I lay still as Kelly began scraping my face. The feeling was actually very satisfying, knowing that all the dead skin cells were being eradicated from my face. I found the jaw-line and nose particularly rewarding. Kelly talked to me throughout the treatment, explaining more about the qualification she had received. Interestingly, she was trained by a cutthroat barber who realised his skills were perfectly in tune with dermaplaning.  At the end of the treatment, Kelly showed me all the hair and dead skin cells that she had removed – WOW!

Before (top); and after – the skin looks visibly softer and smoother.

After the dermaplaning was finished, Kelly put on a soothing face mask which was cooling and moisturising. I had a little claustrophobic freak-out as the mask was covering my eyes. However, Kelly was calm and reassuring and gave me a hand massage whilst I waited for the mask to do its magic. Kelly showed me a before and after picture – my skin was so clear, and absolutely glowing, it had worked a treat on my acne scars and my face felt ridiculously soft.

All in all, the treatment was extremely therapeutic. 48 hours later, I was still feeling the benefits – my normal skin care products glided onto my skin and seemed to work even better than normal. My face was soft and looked clear, bright and youthful. So it seems there’s good reason to take up the blade (only under the hands of a guided professional of course!).


Words: Amy Dudgeon

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