What is Dermaplaning, and Should Your Spa Offer It?
What is Dermaplaning, and Should Your Spa Offer It?
While dermaplaning has been around a while, it has recently soared in popularity. Is your spa ready to provide the new favorite skincare option of Instagram? Knowing what dermaplaning classes you need, what tools are required, and the benefits it can provide to your clients, such as better absorption of skincare products, can help you decide if dermaplaning is right for your business.

Dermaplaning has skyrocketed in popularity. Whether it’s Instagram videos of successful before and afters, or research of their own, your clients are most likely asking about it. If you don’t already offer it as a service, it might be time to consider if it’s a good fit for your clientele. From dermaplaning classes to what tools you will need, here is what estheticians need to know about dermaplaning.

What Is Dermaplaning?

The short version is that dermaplaning uses a sharp surgical scalpel to delicately scrape away the top layer of facial hair, vellus hair - also known as peach fuzz - and dead skin cells that trap dirt and oils. Despite using a scalpel, it’s a gentle procedure with a low chance of irritating your client’s skin. It won’t cause dryness, either, and side effects are often minimal or none. This gives it a significant advantage over chemical exfoliants and facial wax for clients with sensitive skin.

What Kind of Skin Types Can Try Dermaplaning?

Clients with nearly any skin type can try dermaplaning. It’s a manual exfoliation with a very low risk of irritation. However, there can be a few exceptions. Clients with active acne or extreme sensitivity may not be great candidates for the service, but as their esthetician, you’ll be able to guide them through the best recommendations for their skin type and concerns.

When Is the Best Time for Dermaplaning?

The best time to offer dermaplaning is before your client gets a facial or other skincare treatment, and it’s great to offer as an add-on to another facial service. Dermaplaning primes the skin to absorb serums, oils, and moisturizers, maximizing the effectiveness of the other treatment. If your client used strong chemical exfoliants, wait between five days and a week before dermaplaning them. Clients should also wait until acne breakouts or facial wounds are healed.

How Does Dermaplaning Benefit Your Clients?

Your clients can enjoy a variety of benefits thanks to dermaplaning. It immediately reveals softer, more radiant skin while encouraging dead skin cell turnover. It can help reduce the appearance of dark spots, acne scars, and even fine lines. Skin will more readily absorb skincare products, and makeup application will be smoother.

What Tools Do You Need to Offer Dermaplaning?

First, you will need a scalpel handle with disposable blades, as you will need to replace the blade after every client. A blade removing box is ideal. You will likely also want enhancing cleansers, prep solutions, and more to give your client the best experience possible. Thankfully, you can find professional dermaplaning tool kits available that bundle everything you need.

Do You Need Dermaplaning Training?

Dermaplaning is a meticulous and detail-oriented process requiring training to understand the process, tools, and benefits fully. Thankfully, there are plenty of dermaplaning classes available from various reputable sources, such as Institut’ DERMed®. These classes will give you a certificate of completion. You will want to check with your state board for compliance before performing any treatment, as treatments that a licensed esthetician may perform can vary between states.

About Institut’ DERMed®

As a clinical-grade skincare brand, Institut’ DERMed® is dedicated to helping everyone who wants to look and feel good achieve their skincare goals. Using only the most effective and innovative ingredients, Institut’ DERMed proudly offers retail skincare products, such as their glycolic body wash, as well as professional-only products distributed exclusively through the brand’s spa partners and professional skincare centers across the globe. Company founder Lyn Ross is a Master Aesthetician who opened the first medspa in the Southeast in 1989. Today, Institut’ DERMed is a premier medspa in Atlanta, Georgia, and a leading skincare brand. Ross is also the founder of Institut’ DERMed College of Advanced Aesthetics, an esthetician training school for licensed skincare professionals. Learn about advanced skincare courses, purchase a dermaplaning kit, and much more online.

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