Many of you Cheeky’s know, I ‘struggle’ with facial hair. When I hit the 6th grade, my facial hair (and leg hair) came out in full force. I’ll never forget when a Dominican nun chastised me for attempting to shave my insane amount of leg hair when I was 11 or 12. But that was only after getting made fun of so much for it and I can’t tell you how many tips, tricks and techniques I used to get rid of it.
I remember one time where I did a backflip at an ‘open gym’ one night with my friends and landing right on my face and causing a rug burn right above my upper lip – dammit, I should have known. Boy did James and the other 7th grade boys have a hay day with that. Then after probably years of crying to my mom (first world problems, I had/have a great life!), she took me to get professional laser hair removal on my upper lip. It definitely helped but there was just no hiding my overall hairiness. I remember Patrick, a fella from the local high school boy’s school, would constantly bring up my back hair (unbeknownst to me that I had back hair… cause I didn’t nor do I now) in the boy’s locker room after football practice. I even had a DAD of my high school friend make a very crude reference to my facial hair. My boyfriend would tell me of these stories and it would be so sad. ONE really badass thing though… My mom gave a TOTAL tongue lashing to the dad who was so crude and rude about me at an event one evening. THANKS MOM! Way to have my back! But this isn’t just to complain or mention the names of those idiotic people (though that felt REAL good!), it’s to relate to those folks who deal with facial hair & also deal with the social stigma that it’s not acceptable. Men & women can benefit! And hairy and non-hairy folks too!
Ooohhh and juicy story… that same Dominican nun has since left the convent… Oooohhh… That always surprised me. I’d be curious to learn what happened with her. I do remember hearing she eventually got married. Fascinating. Good for her!!
While I certainly have more self-confidence than I did in grade school and high school, I will say that having facial hair and all that comes with it, is something I certainly deal with on a regular basis. Lord, that and body hair. You could pretty much comb my arm hair. But now I just make silly references to it because it’s the least of my concerns and I feel a lot more confident about it, but it still plagues me. And I imagine many of you who have gotten this far in the blog, story, are dealing with it in some capacity too. Or maybe you’re just a really patient person.
I recently completed 6 laser hair removal treatments to get rid of all the facial hair from my eyebrows down to my mid-neck. Beautiful, I know 😉 I am not too far out from the last treatment, but I will say I’ve definitely seen a decrease in facial hair, but I wouldn’t say it’s at the ‘promised’ ‘80% will be removed after 6 treatments’ jargon. I would say we’re at a solid 50%, but again, it’s really just too far out from my last treatment to make an honest guess. But what I do know is that while the treatment did the trick and it was a great birthday gift from my husband, poobear, it didn’t remove all the facial hair. My genes are just that stubborn.
How did poobear get his name?
My husband Josh is a darling, angelic soul (and a pain in my ass, I say that lovingly)… He’s a complete softy to me who would do any facial treatment, talk girl talk for hours if I needed him to and paint the most beautiful paintings for our home. He’s also the BIGGEST masculine acting man I know. He’s been in the military for 19 years. He’s gone to Afghanistan, helped the ebola crisis in Liberia, etc. etc. A lot of the things he has done he had been unable to tell me (and really didn’t bring it up again), so I’m not too sure of his career but I do know he saved many a lives and helped many a people… Josh is basically a badass. So with his exterior being so hardened, it only makes since to give him a fitting name like poobear. Folks will do a double take when they meet him because he is far from poobear looking, but in our home, that name fits him perfectly.
Soooooo…. now that I’ve still got this facial hair business going on (on a much lesser scale), I want to take a different approach to it. For the last 15 years or so, I say I would shave my face with a traditional razor every other night. I’d lather up either my face wash (if I’m lazy) or shaving cream and get the mustache area or do a total once over and shave my forehead. Yes, the hair grows there too… LOVELY! But this go round, I decided that instead of using the same razor brand I use on my legs, I’m gonna switch up the routine and go the dermaplaning route.
Did you ever think you would make it to the punchline? LOL! I’ve been chatting my tail off today. If you’ve got hair issues or you’re at peace with your facial hair and you’re looking for a better way to get rid of it… or hell, you could just want to exfoliate your skin, there are a few tools we recommend to get the job done right!
We’ve written about dermaplaning before but mostly discussed the professional route, which I have personally had done. We hadn’t gotten into the at-home route. I would still absolutely recommend the professional route first and foremost, but the at-home care is manageable too and it’s at a much lesser scale that won’t feel so intimidating (but will still deliver results). In a pro’s office, dermaplaning is a procedure where your skincare provider uses a 10-gauge scalpel to scrape a layer of dead skin off your face. It’s basically shaving, but with a sharp, single blade. Yes, that sounds scary to me too! However, there are devices specifically designed for at-home use that often have safety guards in place, easy-to-use designs, and basically make it as safe as possible for you to do it yourself. YASSS!
A few things to note…
- Men and women can both benefit from dermaplaning
- Dermaplaning can actually help with fine lines and wrinkles
- Be VERY careful if you do try this at home
- Once you have dermaplaning done to your skin, your skincare products will soak in just that much more
- Dermaplaning helps acne scars fade
- Helps with getting rid of oily buildup, thus improving your acne
- Pregnant women benefit from this treatment greatly as it can help rejuvenate the skin without going against Dr.’s orders – please still ask them!
- Targets dark spots & helps rid of them
- Be sure to wear sunscreen and avoid the sun
- Immediately after dermaplaning, apply your most essential face product (i.e. if you’re worried about dark spots, apply your vitamin C, if you’re worried about wrinkles, apply your night cream)
- I recommend doing this in the evening time
- Once or twice a week would be a good plan
- Start slow
- Follow the directions provided by the manufacturer
- Begin with a clean face
- I wouldn’t recommend exfoliating prior to treatment
- Prior to application, the dryer your skin the better
#CheekyConfidential It may darken your sunspots initially as dermaplaning gets rid of the top layers of skin, thus revealing the deeper layers of the skin. Overtime, you will notice these dark spots will begin to fade! #dontpanic
General Application Instructions
‘Beginning at the top of the cheekbone near the hairline, hold your skin taut behind the blade and gently glide the dermaplaning tool towards the nose using short strokes. Continue until you have resurfaced the entire cheek and jaw.
Repeat light strokes on the chin, above the lips, and on the forehead. Do not use on eyelids, eyebrows, hairlines, sides of nose, or lips. DO NOT go over any facial area more than twice.
Use up to once a week. Blades should be replaced monthly.’ – Stacked Skincare
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