Now that the holidays are over everything is starting to wind down. I went to bed last night telling myself I was going to wake up the next morning and spend the day cleaning. I ended up waking up to cold, dark, rainy weather, and no motivation to clean, so I decided instead to make myself a cup of coffee and play with my new Michael Todd Sonicsmooth that came in the mail the other day.
I have heard multiple friends rave about this dermaplaning trend and never knew what it was until recently – Dermaplaning, in short, can be described as exfoliating your skin, but instead of simply removing the top layer of dead skin cells like an exfoliating scrub would, dermaplaning removes the vellus hair (also known as peach fuzz), leaving you with a silky smooth complexion. It is usually performed by an aesthetician (professional) using a sterile scalpel and making small upward swiping motions, but thanks to Michael Todd you can do it from the comfort of your own home on a cold, rainy day!
To be honest, I have been slightly intimidated to try the Sonicsmooth, I had a traumatic experience as a child when another little girl told me that while shaving my legs I should push as hard as possible. I rode my bike home, took my moms razor and tried it. Obviously, that didn’t turn out well. So the idea of rubbing a sharp object anywhere near my face freaked me out – thankfully Dermaplaning with the SonicSmooth turned out nothing like my traumatic shaving experience.
When you purchase a Sonicsmooth it comes with a cleansing gel and a soothing, after use gel. I cleansed my face with the recommended cleansing gel. The gel lathered nicely, and left my face feeling really clean and tight – I loved the feel of the face wash alone. From there it was time to move onto Step 2 – the dermaplaning itself with the Sonicsmooth. The actual Sonicsmooth itself has three speeds. When you first turn it on it starts at the slowest speed and it can be increased from there. Being slightly nervous, I decided to start off with the slowest speed. The instructions say to glide against your skin with 1″-2″ treatment areas, so I started gliding away. In the pictures I have seen of dermaplaning, there is usually some obvious skin sluff build up and coming off, after a few minutes of getting nothing, I decided to reread the directions and noticed it said to hold the device at 45-degree angle. Duh!! Finally! I was doing it and realized there was nothing to be scared of. Once I changed the angle of the tool I noticed a lot of dead skin and peach fuzz coming off.
After I finished, I rubbed my fingers across my cheeks, and although they were slightly pink from the treatment, they felt so soft and smooth! I applied the soothing gel and went about my day (I should also add that when I re-read the instructions I noticed they said you should do it at night – whoops! – I’m sure that’s to give the slight redness time to go away but I don’t plan on going anywhere on this cold rainy day anyway.)
I do have very sensitive skin and had nothing but amazing results! My make up goes on easier, and my serums are able to penetrate my skin easier. The directions suggest to do it every 7-10 days which I will definitely be trying. I look forward to seeing the long-term benefits and will update in the future with how long-term dermablading transforms my skin.