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Heard of dermaplaning? If not, it’s a face shaving technique used primarily by women for smoother skin.
If it’s your first time hearing about it, you may be surprised to know that women in Japan have been practicing “kao sori,” a gentle form of exfoliation, for centuries.
When the technique made its way over to North America, the act of face shaving was dubbed dermaplaning.
Defined as a simple and safe procedure for ridding the skin of vellus hair, also known as peach fuzz, by using a gauge scalpel to gently scrape off dulling skin cells, a dermaplaning treatment at a medical aesthetics clinic or spa usually takes about 30 to 45 minutes.
The result? Glowing skin that’s ready to soak in the benefits of skincare products, free of unwanted facial hair that can trouble makeup application.
Good news is, you no longer have to make an expensive trip to a medi spa to get your face shaved.
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Rated as one of the best budget tools to use for softer, smoother skin by Best Products, the Tinkle razor is favourited for its easy to use design and low cost.
Mega-blogger Lauryn Evarts-Bosstick, creator of beauty and wellness bible The Skinny Confidential, single-handedly shone a spotlight on Tinkle when she first shared her love for face shaving and all of its benefits.
“Wish I knew about these years ago,” one five star reviewer said. “I use this product for my upper lip, since I don't react well to waxing and struggle to find facial hair bleach in stores. This has been a game changer and part of my daily makeup routine. They're so quick and easy to use, and fit in my makeup bag with all my other products.”
With similarities to the shape of a small eyebrow comb, the Tinkle’s sharp blades catch hair without cutting the skin when held at a slight angle.
One light comb over your face, and the hair comes right off.
According to Tinkle’s website, removing the top layer of dead skin cells results in a tighter, plumper complexion thanks to constant cellular rejuvenation.
“As a makeup artist and one who frequently wears makeup, I wanted to get rid of the peach fuzz on my face that was only visible (and likely only noticeable to myself, really) when I would wear foundation and had to be mindful of brush strokes making the peach fuzz “stand up”,” said another five star reviewer. “Instead of visiting my dermatologist for an expensive dermaplaning treatment, I decided to give these little one-blade razors a go first after a friend’s recommendation. And they honestly worked great!”
“I worked with short, light strokes and I was easily able to remove the fuzz on my upper lip, chin, and on the sides of my face and jawline with no problem,” she continued. “I was also able to clean up around my brows where my tweezers were useless ... my face feels so smooth after I ‘shave’ and moisturize! My foundation glides on and looks so good!”