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Hello pretty people! Today was a very big day for me, I got my first dermaplaning! I've really REALLY wanted to get this done but will admit to being a little afraid to let a stranger scapel my face. To back up, let me explain dermaplaning: it's a facial procedure where an aesthetician uses a scapel to remove the top layer of skin. It's not as scary as it sounds, the blade looks like this (this is just a sample Internet picture, I never even saw the blade used on me)

Turns out, I had nothing to be afraid of, although not the most comfortable treatment it wasn't painful at all! My procedure started off with some nice aromatherapy and a hot towel. My skin was then cleansed and sanitized. The actual dermaplaning felt like sandpaper being lightly rubbed on the skin and took about 15 minutes. Basically the blade is run over the skin in small areas, I'm sure there's a technical name for this but that's what it feels like. After I received another hot towel and a light moisturizer. Normal skin routine is safe to resume but I was warned to avoid sun exposure for the next few days. Here's what I looked like post facial: 

The look and feel is very similar IMO to a post chemical peel. I'm sure the peel is deeper but this procedure can be repeated monthly. Because it's all about the angle and technique for it to be done just right I DO NOT recommend doing this at home. The good news is that it was not expensive. I've seen places that charge $80 - $100 for this treatment. I went to Pavo, which is a nice upscale salon / spa and spent $35. I beleive it's meant to go along with a traditional facial which of course would raise the price but not necessary. This left me enough budget to get false eyelashes on, which my picture also reflects. The eyelashes were $45, which is more than I've paid in the past but IMO looks less fake, and the glue is less chunky and irritating. 

Dermaplaning can be done with a chemical peel, which would enable it to go deeper but ouch! I used a cream that has a light amount of glycolic in it later on and it stung a little bit, usually this cream wouldn't sting at all. Plus while a good way to save money and get a deeper peel it would also create a longer recovery time, ain't nobody got time for that! I'd rather just go in monthly and look fresh faced on the regular. At the end of the day, peel, creams, laser, dermaplaning . . . Whatever, the goal is to longer younger / better / fresher which is why I compare the different methods. 

This procedure wins in my book because its painless and has no down time, this is me in full makeup at a wedding 6 hours after leaving pavo 

No redness, tightness or peeling - woohoo! 

If you're in Memphis then you really need to schedule at Pavo ASAP, I had my treatment with Kelsey and she was awesome; You can even book online. For all my non Memphians, ask around to your favorite spas / aesthetic centers - for some reason this treatment tends to not be listed on websites. 

One thing I do want to note is tipping, unless you get this done in a medical office from a nurse you need to tip. For beauty treatments 15 to 20% is standard. But, consider time too y'all. Tipping is obviously a personal choice but to me it would be crazy to only give $7 to a person who held a scapel to my face, especially when I plan on returning. All and all I was in for 90minutes for both treatments - a 90min facial at pavo runs $120ish and I tipped based on that bc I value Kelsey's time and skill. 

If you get this done, let me know how I goes : ) 


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