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Exfoliation is the best option for getting the glow-iest skin. And one of the best manual options – dermaplaning – a method for exfoliating skin to remove dead cells by gently running a fine blade over the skin’s surface – is getting a lot of buzz these days. The practice, which has been a long time-staple of New York’s runway models and beauty elite has a growing fan base, thanks to its ability to deliver smoother, brighter skin.

While some use a DIY method, a visit to an experienced spa is definitely the best way to go about it. For starters, dermaplaning takes a much more nuanced approach and requires skill. The procedure involves running a fine blade over the surface of the skin at a 45-degree angle on your dry face. That’s followed by short, downward swipes over the areas that need the most exfoliation.

Dermaplaning works well when it’s used as a simple, mechanical form of exfoliation and followed with a chemical peel that’s tailored to the sensitivity of your skin. Removing dead skin cells leaves a brighter complexion, and may, some believe, help the skin better absorb topical treatments. But perhaps one of the best side effects is that makeup application is easier and smoother after a dermaplaning treatment.

The procedure can also be paired with light intensity peels for smoother, brighter skin. The bottom line with dermaplaning, as with any spa service, is to do your research and figure out what you really need.

NDDA’s Signature Dermaplaning treatment combines dermaplaning with a customized peel that can be applied at different strengths – from very light to medium intensity – depending on your skincare needs.

If you have chemically sensitive skin, or are just looking for a great exfoliation method, dermaplaning might be for you. As with any new routine, your dermatologist can help you figure out the best method for brighter skin.

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