Last week, I attended a Dermaflash event. I was a little skeptical, because I didn’t know anything about how Dermaflash worked, or even what it did. Then they offered me a free Dermaflash service and a complimentary Uber code, so I signed up.
Once there, I found out that Dermaflash is a twist on dermaplaning, or shaving your face to exfoliate your skin and remove unwanted facial hair. Real Housewives‘ Caroline Manzo (love her, btw) has said she shaves her face with a razor to exfoliate and get rid of hair.
However, razors as we think of them were designed for men’s facial hair, which is coarse and thick. The Dermaflash system was designed for women’s facial hair, which is fine and thin. Women’s baby fine facial hair is sometimes called vellus hair, or “peach fuzz.”
Dermaflash was developed by Dara Levy, a former medispa owner from Chicago. I got to meet Dara, who told me a little about Dermaflash and introduced me to the esthetician who would be performing my service.
I lay down on a facial bed, and the esthetician unfolded a black cocktail napkin under my chin. She removed my sunscreen with a makeup remover towelette, then prepped my face with the special Dermaflash Prep cleanser and an alcohol wipe.
The esthetician put an “Edge,” which is analogous to the blade of a razor, in the machine. The Edges are striated like the teeth of a comb, and have a protective mesh to prevent nicks and cuts. She drew the machine slowly and carefully across my face, much like she was giving me a barbershop shave.
The Dermaflash service took about 10 minutes. Afterward, the esthetician showed me the outermost layer of dead skin cells and all the peach fuzz she had removed. Hence the black cocktail napkin, so I could get a good look at it all. Yuck!
The esthetician followed the treatment with the Soothe hydrating lotion that comes with the Dermaflash system and an SPF 50 sunscreen. My skin felt as soft as a baby’s behind.
One of the selling points of Dermaflash is that it helps your skin care products work better and your makeup go on better. The creams, serums, and makeup don’t have to penetrate the excess skin and hair. My makeup did blend easily and looked great when I got ready to go into the city for another event that night.
The company recommends you use the Dermaflash about once a week at night. I agree. My appointment was at 2 p.m. and my face felt a little windburned on the Uber ride home. That raw feeling went away after about an hour, though. But you definitely don’t want to be outside in the sun if you’ve just Dermaflashed, even with sunscreen. I think your skin will feel too sensitive.
The Dermaflash system comes with the machine, the Prep Cleanser, the Soothe lotion, and a set of six, single-use Edges. You can buy the system, and refills of the cleanser, lotion, and Edges at Sephora, Neiman Marcus, QVC, and Bergdorf Goodman. It’s coming to Macy’s and Nordstrom’s soon, too.
You can read the FAQs on the Dermaflash web site here. And you can read the WWD article about Dara Levy and Dermaflash here.
I was given a Dermaflash system for review. I’ll try it this weekend; if you’re lucky, I’ll post a pic of all the cells and hair that come off.
Have you tried dermaplaning or Dermaflash? Tell me about your experience in the comments!
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