The CLEO team comes up with some weird and wacky things to try. Fresh off my experience with fat freezing, I was feeling quite gung-ho when the team suggested a story on face shaving. So I volunteered, thinking it would basically be like getting my eyebrows threaded. A little googling told me this was not the case, and that it actually involved a blade. On your face. Um what?
I reached out to The Clifford Clinic in Raffles Place who offer the service under it’s more professional name – dermaplaning. I was told that it’s actually a very technical process and therefore only medical clinics can offer it. While it’s pretty popular in the States, it has yet to really catch on in Singapore. A blade to the face is probably not the easiest thing to sell after all…
Once at the clinic, I removed all my makeup, cleansed my face and headed to the treatment room where I proceeded to ask my therapist a bunch of questions about the knife. Usually I like to talk to therapists during facials, to learn what’s going on. But with a blade to my face that was clearly not going to happen. Scroll through to see what happened next (and the results!)
The Clifford Clinic has a very warm and inviting environment, so you don’t spend all your time thinking you’re about to have a blade put to your face.
Lying down, I had a minute of panic as I took a look at the very clinical-looking instruments that the therapist brought in. Dermaplaning takes place with a surgical grade knife (unused and steralised of course) but it’s not something I’m used to seeing so near to my face. The therapist assures me that you don’t feel a thing.
After wiping my face with a gentle antiseptic, we start “shaving.” The blade is held at a 45 degree angle and goes through a gentle “scraping” movement.
The blade is surgical, and so can’t be used except within a medical clinic with trained therapists. That made made me feel a little better.
The therapist starts at the chin and slowly makes her way up your face, cleansing the knife on gauze as she goes to ensure the blade glides along smoothly.
The sensation might make you panic a little bit at the start, but you can soon get used to it, and it’s quite soothing after awhile!
I was surprised by the amount of dead and dirty cells leftover from the treatment. Depending on your skin type, there can be more post-procedure. I was told I was about “average”.
I was pretty impressed with the feeling after. My skin was smooth and definitely felt “cleansed.” A Skinceuticals-grade gel peel, made specifically for this procedure, was then applied, but to be honest I think it would have been fine without since my skin actually felt a little dryer after.
You’re recommended to avoid exfoliating at home for the next one or two weeks and can return for dermaplaning once a month (like a facial). You can also apply makeup immediately after a treatment (and head back to work) as it’s non-invasive. So as an alternative to mid-day facial, this is pretty efficient. I ended up not waiting two weeks to give myself a more traditional exfoliation, but as you can see from my after picture, it didn’t seem to make a difference. I guess the important thing is to do what you know your skin can handle.
You can try dermaplaning for around $300 at The Clifford Clinic, 24 Raffles Place, #01-03 Clifford Centre, Singapore 048621