As previously discussed this month: hydration is important to skin function
; pre, post, and during a facial.
But how does this practically apply outside of the treatment room?
Dermaplaning is much sought after in the service industry these days. And for very good reasons. It has a vast range of benefits, can be a stand-alone service or added on to another, and leaves the skin feeling brand new.
Because essentially the skin being revealed is brand new. Brand new to the surface, that is.
Due to this, we've created a controlled superficial wound. We've removed roughly 5 layers of corneocytes or "dead skin" on the stratum corneum. (It is actually very cool that we have the ability to do this!!) By removing these layers, we are allowing active ingredients to be well received in the skin. It's instant gratification. The skin is glowing, it's radiant, and it's smooth and soft! Everyone can see it. What isn't as clear to see is the wound we've created. Yes, a wound! Not all wounds are bloody and gory. Some are quite literally invisible to us. This has its pros and cons however, regardless it still requires healing time. 14 days.
Our job at the end of the facial is to pump the skin full of moisture and top it off with protection. And the client's goal is to do the same thing for the next two weeks. This will keep that glow going and will keep the skin working towards repairing the conditions of concern.
POST DERMAPLANE DO's + DON'Ts
Hydrate, hydrate hydrate!!!
Use gentle exfoliants
Wear SPF daily!
Enjoy beautifully radiant skin
Skip out on washing your face daily!
Forget to use pH balancing spray
Apply heat, steam, or friction to the skin
Touch your face constantly, feeling how smooth it is.
Check out a 2021 article from PubMed discussing this same topic.
"The inflammatory phase of wound healing plays a central role in orchestrating the healing process, and a dysregulated inflammatory phase, such as one that is excessive or fails to resolve in a timely manner, is believed to be responsible for many of the most undesirable healing outcomes
As the body’s primary physical barrier against the outside world, the skin is regularly subjected to various degrees of injury. In otherwise healthy individuals, skin wounds less than about 1 mm deep are generally able to spontaneously regenerate through a healing process involving four orderly, overlapping phases—hemostasis, inflammation, proliferation, and remodeling1."
You can read more on the advancement of our industry and full-thickness skin wound healing by treatment with autologous micro skin tissue here: columnshttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7814113/
Watch the video below to see how we apply controlled superficial wound healing to the epidermal layers.