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Exfoliating Is Out, Shaving Your Skin Is In?

Any skincare buff knows that one of the most effective ways to get rid of dead skin cells and oils and dirt is to exfoliate.

We spend money on products that help us with the said process – facial wash with microbeads? Apricot scrubs? Microdermadrasion? These are all familiar skincare methods.

However, there is a brand new exfoliation technique that's gaining a lot of attention today -- shaving. Shaving, the way men shave their beards!

It basically sloughs away dirts, oils and other skin impurities, the way exfoliation does, only it is more efficient, some experts claim.

The process basically involves a scalpel to delicately shave or scrape the topmost layer of the face. The shaving of the skin is formally known as “Dermaplaning.”

According to Jasmine Chan, a Sydney-based dermatologist and beauty consultant for skincare company, Hydracol USA, Dermaplaning is a sharper way to get rid of dead skin cells without harmful effects.

Dermaplaning is basically a step further into the whole skin exfoliation business,” Dr. Chan said. “It’s definitely a great way to improve skin quality.”

However, Dr. Chan reminds everyone that the new skin trend doesn’t necessarily assure fantastic results in an instant or at all.

“It all comes down to your skin type. Dermaplaning may or may not work for you,” Chan said. “The safest way is to consult a doctor first before trying it. You don’t want to spend $100 and find that dermaplaning actually irritates your skin rather than improving it."

Today, dermaplaning is only available in high-end skin centers and clinics.