Tips on Technique - Part 1
What’s Your Angle?
- I like to keep the blade low, almost parallel to the skin. It’s safer.
- I angle it up a little, but not too much, about 30 degrees.
- I think it’s at 45 degrees.
- I’m not sure.
The most effective angle for dermaplaning is 45 degrees. You’ll get the best results when you hold the blade 45 degrees to the surface you’re working on. So you’ll need to adjust your angle for the varying contours of the face.
This angle can bring a “dull” blade back to life. The blade wasn’t dull - the angle was off.
Forty-five degrees is also the safest angle. Most aesthetician's that we work with are holding the blade flatter -more parallel- to the skin out of concern for nicking the client. The lower blade angle can easily catch the skin - especially when there is a lack of tension - and result in a nick.
We see aesthetician’s holding the blade at 90 degrees (vertical to the skin). This results in very little exfoliation while exponentially increasing the risk of injury.
Ready for a little Guided Discovery? (Sounds like Science class doesn’t it?)
On your thigh, start dermaplaning with the blade flat on the skin (zero degree angle). Slowly increase the angle as you slide back and forth until you get to 90 degrees (straight up and down). Watch how much vellous hair and skin cells you’re lifting off at each angle. You should see the best results at 45 degrees.
Keep practicing until you attain muscle memory at the 45 degree angle.
Sometimes change is good!
Rikki Kusy, CEO