DERMAPLANING: From £50
Treatment time: varies from 45min - 1 hour
Dermaplaning. It's the hottest topic among the beauty crowd with everyone from makeup artists to dermatologists getting involved in the chat.
GLAMOUR cover star Huda Kattan famously vlogged about it (the video now has over 4 million views). Indeed, beauty booking app, Treatwell, says it's the beauty trend of the moment, with bookings up by 621% (!).
So what is it? The high-profile beauty prep treatment is actually incredibly low-key, and involves using a single blade to remove the hair and dead skin cells from the surface of your skin, to prepare you skin for makeup application and a whole host of other benefits - and you definitely don't need a big bushy beard to benefit from the treatment, either.
Dermaplaning targets the top layers of the skin. It is a bit like a physical peel of the skin, performed with a surgical scalpel. It only removes a few microns of depth to exfoliate and does not go any deeper than the top layer of the skin (known as the epidermis). It also targets the 'peach fuzz' (the invisible, baby hairs that commonly crop up on cheeks and around the hairline). This hair is technically known as vellus hair and is distinctly different to the dark, thick terminal hair, which grows on our heads, underarms and pubic area. Another important point to make is that vellus hair doesn't grow back stubbly.
Dermaplaning is an exfoliating treatment that can be used to remove facial hair in patients rosacea.
Dermaplaning provides an alternative to chemical peels or microdermabrasion and is a good choice for anyone who has facial hair as well as extremely sensitive skin, redness or rosacea, or visible lines.
DERMAPLANING WITH LED: From £60
Treatment time: 1.5 hours
According to dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross, the benefits of LED light therapy are manifold. They include treating acne, regulating natural oil production, stimulating collagen and elastin, and minimising redness and wrinkles. Certain wavelengths have even been shown to reduce dark spots and uneven skin tone. 19 Feb 2020
This luxury treatment has all the benefits of dermaplane, with the addition of light therapy (putting a light machine over your face).
How often should I get this treatment?
Ideally, we recommend initially doing a series of 5 once a week sessions* and then adding this to your monthly treatments. You will see a healthy, radiant glow immediately, but because collagen cells are slow-growing, full results may not be noticeable for about three months.
*sessions 2-5 would be luxury facials without dermaplaning (dermaplaning recommended with at least 4 weeks between sessions). A Package deal would be offered if interested.
What does light therapy do?
LED Light Therapy is great in facials to calm any areas of irritation and it’s also brilliant at brightening the skin.
When used consistently, over time, LED lights are thought to penetrate your skin at different depths and cause various reactions in your skin, such as fighting acne-causing bacteria, plumping skin and reducing wrinkles.
A course of treatments offers corrective and long-lasting results, although you’ll be able to see a difference after the first session. Light therapy is also particularly calming, so you’ll leave feeling refreshed.