Dermaplaning or oilplaning? Shaving face dry vs applying a little oil

Dermaplaning is an exfoliating facial which can gently remove the top layer of dead skin cells and fine vellus hair otherwise known as peach fuzz with a single blade dermaplaning razor in order to reveal brighter, smoother and hairless complexion. Dermaplaning has been a very popular spa/medical facial treatment, however recently dermaplaning has gained a huge interest as people are more and more intrigued by at home dermaplaning. It is a great alternative to chemical peels, or exfoliating facials/scrubs which also removes facial hair and makes makeup apply much more seamlessly.

Dermaplaning facial is typically done on dry skin, which is meant to be held taut by doing featherlight movements.

Oilplaning on the other hand, is essentially dermaplaning with the use of a facial oil beforehand for an easier glide and gentler exfoliation and facial hair removal. Oilplaning is meant for more mature or especially sensitive skin types which might get a reaction from dermaplaning on dry skin. Oilplaning works on the similar basis as dermaplaning, you’ll still experience the exfoliation benefits while removing facial hair, it just means that before the process you’d apply a light amount of facial oil all over the face. The oil can help preventing sensitising the face or overdrying the complexion. 

At home dermaplaning is often more likely performed as oilplaning opposed to shaving dry skin which might seem scary to the first time users. 


Which one should you choose? 

You should choose if you’ll be doing dermaplaning at home on dry skin vs with the use of facial oil based on your skin type. If you have a dry skin with rough texture or uneven skin tone, choose dermaplaning on dry skin by holding your skin taut and using small featherlight strokes. In case you have a build up of dead skin cells, this way will be very beneficial in order to get rid of them while removing the texture. In case you have a sensitive skin type choose oilplaning and apply a little bit of facial oil before going in with the dermaplaning razor and exfoliating. This will prevent irritation and it will also immediately help your skin retain moisture. 

In case you suffer from acne or eczema, avoid dermaplaning and oilplaning the areas of your skin that are affected. Go for oilplaning for the areas you wish to exfoliate as these skin types tend to be more reactive. 

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