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‘I paid $220 to have my face shaved’

Otherwise known as face shaving, dermablading has been making waves in the beauty industry recently.

I’d initially passed it off as another weird trend I’d never try. After all, I’ve seen what happens when I shave my legs, and I’ve heard the old wives’ tale that once you shave, the hair grows back darker and thicker. And, really, a beard just isn’t for me. However, fast forward a few months of it coming up in conversation (and my inbox), and I finally caved and began researching.

I learnt that shaving off all those tiny, fuzzy facial hairs (known as vellus hair), gives you an amazing exfoliation that frees your pores of dead skin cells, trapped make-up, dirt and oil and leaves your skin radiant. And its single-blade technique promises no change to your hair growth.

So, I book a dermablading session at The Clinic in Sydney ($220, theclinic.net.au), where Chantal Child, a registered nurse, explains the treatment.

She starts by cleansing my skin and prepping it with a peppermint and tea tree antiseptic solution to clear it of any bacteria, in case of any nicks. Then, taking a very fine, sterile surgical blade (pictured, above), she begins ‘shaving’ my forehead. It feels like a gentle scraping.

She explains the treatment is all about the 45-degree angle of the blade, because moving it down and along the side of the hair – never against it – ensures you get as close to the skin as possible without cutting it, and guarantees the hair doesn’t grow back blunt, which can make it coarse.

And removing the vellus hair means that any skincare products can penetrate into deeper layers of the skin, she adds, while make-up sits effortlessly on top, instead of being trapped in the hairs.

After about 15 minutes, she’s de-fuzzed one side of my face and I grab a mirror so I can compare. I notice a difference immediately. My skin looks polished, clear and super smooth. After Chantal finishes the other side, she applies a hyaluronic acid and peptide mask to soothe and hydrate my skin.

I inspect the debris lifted from my face and there’s so much hair… and dead skin!

Three weeks later, I’m still getting compliments about my bright, dewy complexion – and I’m not due back for another session for five weeks (you can get the treatment regularly or occasionally, depending on your needs).

The verdict?

Dermablading isn’t suitable for anyone with inflamed skin or acne as it can cause irritation. However, it’s ideal for those with hormone-related hair changes or peachfuzz facial hair that’s not dark enough to laser. But it’s not just about the hair. If your complexion looks dull or you have a big event coming up, it can make skin glow in a way that make-up can’t do alone.

Kelsey is b+s’s beauty editor look out for her tips and tricks each week in the magazine and online. Follow her @kelseyferencak.

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