Have you ever heard of shaving your face? Sometimes it’s called “dermaplaning.”

Like a lot of impactful beauty techniques it sounds a bit scary. But it’s just shaving. Not with a regular razor though. With a smaller and more delicate razor like the ones pictured. They have an ergonomic handle and a single blade, which allows for streamlined access to the curving planes of the face.

Now, why on earth would you ever want to do this? I admit, that’s what I thought for ages, although I had to admit that when you compare the facial skin of older men and women, the men’s often appears younger in the lower half, which is where they have shaved daily for decades.

But still I resisted until I met an aesthetician who has the most even, poreless skin of anyone. When I asked for her secret she said it was all due to dermaplaning.

A quick caveat, this is not for you if you’re dealing with cystic acne. It will just make things worse. Or if you just don’t like the idea, in which case, feel free to skip this.

It’s really just an effective exfoliator that removes dead skin cells and baby hairs, allowing serums and oils to work better. For me, it gave me skin that had more of a filtered effect like when you use Instagram.

Since you’re using a razor, stay safe and pull up a YouTube video or two to get the idea of how to shave properly. You don’t want to cut yourself. And in case you’re worried it will make your hair grow in thicker or darker, that is just an old wives tale. It’s not true.

I don’t do it that often, maybe once ever few weeks, and yet it still evens my skintone and allows my makeup to go on more smoothly at all times.

If you’re curious to try it, the razors below are the brand I recommend. But watch a video tutorial first! And note that doing it at home with the razors here is very different from having it done at a salon, which scrapes deeper. I use a light touch when I do it with just small, downward strokes on skin that is clean and dry. You might discover that you like the effect enough to make it a regular beauty practice.

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Barbara Wayman, APR

Author of Living An Extraordinary Life – 9 Transformational Strategies To Live Your Best Life Now