Mary claims the practice leaves her skin incredibly clean, soft and smooth and helps her skin care products and makeup apply better. Dermaplaning fans won’t be surprised by Mary’s shaving routine — here’s what she has to say in the video.
But first we clean
Mary talks people through her skincare routine, starting with a good cleanser. “First of all, I like to go in with my gentle facial cleanser just to have a clean slate before shaving,” she says. “I like to dry my face with a paper towel, simply because it doesn’t contain bacteria like a washcloth.”
Disposable razor blades
Mary then shows the razors she likes to use – basic disposable razors. “So these are the razors I like to use, especially since they don’t have the strip on top here [points to blade], which I think is better for the skin,” she says. So that’s what it looks like, it doesn’t have any lubricant on the top strip here.”
Demo facial shaving
Mary then shows people exactly how she shaves her face, using quick upward strokes. “I make sure to pull up my sideburns, shave all the way down to the jawline, and pluck the neck,” she says.
“I can’t forget about the mustache. Once I’m done shaving, I go back to my normal skin care routine. I started shaving my face when I was doing laser hair removal, but then I was diagnosed with vitiligo and had to stop.”
Remove dead skin
Mary explains that laser hair removal and other forms of hair removal are too painful, so she switched to shaving. “Electrolysis was super painful, so I just resorted to shaving my face,” she says.
“Shaving your face is good for removing dead skin cells, excess oil, dirt, and I like applying my makeup smoothly. It used to be that the hairs used to get clogged and cause acne, so this was the best for me.”
Benefits of dermaplaning
Experts say that dermaplaning – a face shaving method performed by a licensed professional – can remove dead skin for up to two weeks and results last for up to three weeks (so you don’t have to have it done every day like Mary does ).
“Dermaplaning is like a turbocharged exfoliator,” says dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD. “I like to let the skin breathe for the rest of the day,” says dermatologist Melissa Doft, MD. “If you have to wear makeup, you can, but your skin barrier is more open and can get more irritated.”