Dermaplaning vs shaving

Facial hair is something that everyone struggles with. Even though women would often avoid talking about their struggles with facial hair, there are many females who’d wish to get rid of the hair on their face as it might negatively impact their self-confidence. The struggle is how to actually remove the facial hair, what’s the best method and are there any negatives to it? You might be wondering if you can just use your Venus to shave your facial hair off or use your boyfriend’s razor…

There is so much more to face shaving that you can achieve by DERMAPLANINGEven though dermaplaning and shaving are pretty similar in method, what makes a significant difference between shaving and dermaplaning is the actual tools you’d use. While when shaving you’d be using a standard razor like Venus or Wilkinson, when dermaplaning you’d use dermaplaning tools often called tinker razors. 


First things first, you might not be familiar with this fact but there are different types of facial hair. There are vellus hair which are very lightly pigmented, fine and short hence why they're often referred to as “peach fuzz”. Terminal hair on the other hand are much coarser, thicker and darker and it can be found on the scalp, underarms or pubic area. However, men have terminal hair on their face as well. Excessive male hormones or androgens can cause women to have terminal hair on their face as well, with this condition referred to as hirsutism. Dermaplaning or shaving can come extra handy or even necessary in these cases. Although peach fuzz is not as visible there are many benefits to removing it!


So is shaving essentially the same thing as dermaplaning? Not really even though both methods of shaving and dermaplaning can solve your problem of excessive facial hair or fuzz. However, while shaving would only be useful in order to get rid of your facial hair, dermaplaning has many additional skincare benefits! 

Dermaplaning is an absolutely great way of skin exfoliation which can reveal more radiant complexion. While removing your facial hair by dermaplaning you’d also be exfoliating the top layer of the dead skin cells which is essential for healthy glowing skin. The dead skin cells are impossible to get rid off if using a regular shaving blade; they’d have to be removed by an extra step of physical or chemical exfoliation, which would obviously not remove your facial hair at the same time. Hence why dermaplaning is an amazing multitasker! Dermaplaning can also keep your face looking young, smooth and fresh promoting a boost in collagen production which will reverse the premature ageing or it can even benefit you by preventing breakouts as your skin cells are constantly replicated. Also, if you get rid of your facial hair by dermaplaning you’ll achieve a seamless complexion which will provide you with a smooth base for your makeup application. This has been a celebrity trick for many years now!  


As already mentioned, there is a significant difference between your regular razor and a dermaplaning blade or otherwise called tinker razor.

Your classic Venus razor or even your partner’s razor would standardly have multiple blades positioned in an angle and ultra sharp to get rid of even the peskiest and the most prickly body hair or men’s facial hair/beard. Dermaplaning razor or tinkle razor are simple single bladed tools which can come in different sizes in order to get into all areas on your face. 

Would your classic razor work for facial hair removal? The simple answer is yes IF you’d just like to shave off your peach fuzz you could do it with your regular razor. However, you’d not be able to receive the exfoliation or skincare benefits that dermaplaning offers. Additionally, the blades on the razor are different and can be much more invasive as they’re meant for other not as sensitive areas on the body as our face. Therefore, it is quite risky using a regular razor in order to shave your face as you might cut or nick yourself easier and cause tears that could even lead to scarring. 

Men have different types of facial hair and also their skin is different and less likely to get irritated when shaving with a regular razor. However, it’s not recommended for women. Especially when using a tinkle razor is simpler, more hygienic, less invasive and it gives the benefits of skin exfoliation as well!


While regular facial shaving can become quite a lengthy process and can also be messy, dermaplaning on the other hand can be done anytime and anywhere and can even be done on the go as well as only performed as a touch up. You can easily just dermaplane a certain area of your face as the blades are small. 

When it comes to ease of cutting, when shaving with a regular razor you’d have to go against the direction in which your hair grows, in the upwards direction. This might be quite risky on the face especially as your skin might become sensitive or irritated. You should always also be concerned about ingrown hairs when it comes to shaving with a regular razor. Additionally, the regular razor only comes in one size which can influence the difficulty of getting into tricky or smaller areas on your face.

On the other hand, when dermaplaning you can pick the size of the tinker razor depending on the area of the face you wish to remove the facial hair off of. The dermaplaning method is very safe and quite simple. You need to place the razor in a 45 degree angle and hold your skin taut. Then, using short gentle featherlight strokes remove the hair in a downward direction - so in the direction the facial hair grows. You’ll notice the hair is being gently removed alongside the dead skin cells from the top layer of your skin. Easy!


When shaving with a regular razor you will need a shaving cream. Shaving creams can make things difficult as they’re often comedogenic and therefore can clog your pores or irritate the skin. 

On the other hand when dermaplaning you’ll only need a hydrating product ( serum, oil or a cream) to apply afterwards in order to restore the moisture in your skin. Many professionals recommend doing dermaplaning on dry skin, however you can also try oilplaning which makes the process even gentler and it’s suitable for sensitive skin as well. You’d apply a little bit of oil all over your face before dermaplaning and then shave your face as when dermaplaning on dry skin, in downwards motion. 

So what’s the verdict when it comes to dermaplaning vs shaving? 

We’re definitely team dermaplaning. Our Take It Off dermaplaning starter kit has everything you’ll need in order to remove your facial hair and exfoliate the skin when dermaplaning. Our dermaplaning starter kit contains 2 plastic free dermaplaning tools/razors in two different sizes;for larger areas such as sideburns, chin, forehead and neck and for smaller areas such as eyebrows,upper lip, and ears. The dermaplaning tools are plastic free as they’re made from eco-friendly wheat straw and they come in two colours, pink and neutral. They also are unique on the market as the blades are made from clinical grade stainless steel with 52 micro safety guards to give the most gentle and effective at-home shave/dermaplaning.


The starter kit also contains 100% plant-based Squalane oil which has ultra hydrating, nourishing and antioxidant properties.The oil can be used on all skin types as it’s non-comedogenic and ultra gentle for the skin in its pure form. It is the optimal product to use with or after dermaplaning in order to rehydrate and plump the skin while promoting healthy skin barrier and restoring skin’s daily radiance.

1 comment

I have tried several different dermaplaning tools and they don’t seem to do a thing. Won’t even get rid of peach fuzz. The only way I can get rid of peach fuzz is use a disposable razor — the same kind you would use to shave legs and underarms. I have always read that shaving your face also serves as exfoliation. Is that true. Will I have to shave my face with a razor in addition to using a dermaplaning tool? Are all dermaplaning tools the same? I have tried different brands and have had no success

Doris July 16, 2023

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