© 2011 Darlene McDowell  C.Ht  CPLC  GSP

Owner, The Gua Sha Facial 

 Darlene McDowell Credentials:

ASFA Academy (Aesthetic Spa Facial Academy, Beverly Hills, CA)

IVS Training Academy Facial (Professional Technique, Facial Assessment, Acupressure Technique, Gua Sha Technique)

IVS Training Academy Gua Sha  (TCM, IASTM Graston Method)  

IVS Training Academy Acupressure for Pain Relief

AHA Certification Hypnosis for Pain Management

Hypnosis Motivation Institute College of Hypnotherapy         

Fowler Wainwright International Masters Life Coaching                       AHA Certification Therapeutic Imagery Facilitator

Chakra Energy Healing Certification 

Union 472, OPEIU, AFL-CIO, CLC

Darlene McDowell has worked with Actors, Entertainers, Music Artists and Athletes. She was an agent and Life Coach 20+ years as a franchised agent with the Screen Actors Guild & the American Federation of Television & Radio Artists.

Dermaplaning

WHAT IS DERMAPLANING?

Dermaplaning is a method of exfoliation that consists of using a 10 gauge scalpel to gently scrape off the top layer of dulling dead skin cells in order to reveal a smoother, brighter complexion. 

Dermaplaning is a favorite in the entertainment industry, specifically among models and actresses. Why? It also eliminates that annoying peach fuzz that cakes up in makeup and can be enhanced by harsh production lighting and high-definition cameras.

 

Dermaplaning removes all the dead skin cells and also the facial hair, leaving the surface very smooth.  Dermaplaning also allows for greater penetration of skincare products and creates a flawless canvas for makeup to glide on smoothly. In fact, cosmetic dermatologists often use dermaplaning to help prepare skin for more intrusive procedures such as laser treatments and chemical peels.

Wondering if you should try dermaplaning versus microdermabrasion? They are both forms of physical exfoliation, but the methods are very  different. 

Microdermabrasion sands and suctions dead skin cells, which also helps to uproot clogged pores around the nose, mouth and chin. Dermaplaning safely scrapes off the top layer of skin, so it is well suited for drier skin types and anyone who wants to get rid of peach fuzz. But, keep in mind, both methods are good for almost everyone and it could just boil down to your personal preference.

WHO IS DERMAPLANING FOR?

Dermaplaning is recommended for all skin types except those with acneic skin. If you have deep cystic acne, wait until breakouts are clear before trying this treatment. As always, also discuss any allergies or skin sensitivities before starting a treatment.

This is a great treatment if you are pregnant or nursing and want exfoliation without the risk of harsh chemicals absorbing into the blood stream and potentially harming your baby.

HOW IS DERMAPLANING DONE?

Dermaplaning is a painless procedure and can be compared to the sensation of shaving your legs, but in this case, it’s on your face.

First, the practitioner will cleanse and thoroughly dry your skin. Next, pull an area of your skin taut with one hand, and hold a sterile 10 gauge blade at a 45 degree angle in the other hand and use short, swift strokes to scrape off dead skin cells and peach fuzz.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?

About 30 minutes.  +  You may also add other facials to this session. (exception for microdermabrasion, if you have sensitive skin, you need to wait a few days) So, depending on any add-ons, such as an Oxygen Facial, Red Light Therapy, Ultrasound therapy, etc., it could take as long as an hour. 

WHAT IS THE COST OF DERMAPLANING?

$149.00  ( You will also receive a complimentary Hydra Facial after the Dermaplaning to nourish your skin)  Also, I have discounted rates periodically.  (Displayed on the Home page) 

WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF DERMAPLANING?

There are no side effects and zero downtime. After the treatment, your skin will be highly sensitive to sun exposure and may already look very pink, so be sure to wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher to reduce the risk of hyper-pigmentation.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DERMAPLANING?

  • Provides deeper product penetration

  • Removes soft facial hair that traps dirt and oils

  • Promotes smoother skin

  • Safe procedure for removing dead skin cells and “peachfuzz”

  • Reduces the appearance of acne scars

  • Diminishes the look of fine lines

  • Works on all skin types

  • Instant results and no downtime

RECOMMENDED COURSE FOR OPTIMAL RESULTS?

Dermaplaning removes 21 days worth of dead skin cells, so it’s best to allow the skin to complete its rejuvenation cycle before your next treatment.

Do not try to attempt this procedure at home.  It is best to leave it in the hands of a professional practitioner to ensure a safe and effective treatment.

​Note:  Many women are often concerned that Dermaplaning the peach fuzz will make it grow back heavier and darker, but that’s just an old wives’ tale. It is physiologically impossible for the hair to grow back heavier and darker.  Superficial vellus hair (that’s the science name for clear or white soft fine facial hair) will grow back at the same rate and with the same texture as it was before the treatment.  No worries at all! 

You will absolutely love your face! 

If you would like to Book an Appointment  Click Here >   DERMAPLANING

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