In recent years, the traditional facial has been supplemented with a variety of radical treatments.
From cosmetic acupuncture to vampire blood extractions, the days of simply having a light serum rubbed into your visage at the salon are long gone.
One of the most popular trends emerging across Australia is dermaplaning, a form of face shaving which exfoliates skin by removing fine hairs and fuzz with a surgical blade.
The process, which costs between $75 and $140 on average, is painless and involves gently removing the outer layer of the epidermis which becomes clogged and dull over time leaving skin looking lacklustre.
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Dermaplaning involves facial shaving with a surgical blade, and is often combined with chemical peels to produce smooth, glowing skin
Tori Crowther, a journalist from Pop Sugar Australia, tried the treatment for herself.
While you might expect hair to grow back thicker and faster as it does after razor hair removal, Ms Crowther confirmed this was not the case post-surgical shave.
According to Dr David Jack from London’s Harley Street Clinic, hair follicles are not touched by the blade so growth patterns remain unchanged.
And while dermaplaning can be an expensive penchant, Ms Crowther revealed there is no commitment needed after your first session as doing it as a one time trial will do no harm to the skin.
Tori Crowther, a journalist from Pop Sugar Australia (pictured), tried the treatment for herself and confirmed facial hair does not grow back thicker or stronger
The treatment is said to improve skin texture and tone, as well as making it easier for the face to absorb serum and moisturiser.
The procedure is often paired with a glycolic peel which removes the waterproof layers of the epidermis to allow vitamins and nutrients from skincare products to penetrate deeply and effectively.
Dermaplaning also enables smoother makeup application.
The treatment is said to improve skin texture and tone as well as enabling the complexion to better absorb vitamins and nutrients through skincare products
Salon clients report immediately glowing skin in the aftermath of dermaplaning
Australian author Zoe Foster Blake is reportedly an avid advocate of the practice, with devotees stretching back as far as Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe.
Dr Joseph Hkeik from luxury Sydney clinic All Saints Double Bay previously told Marie Claire what people notice immediately after dermaplaning is ‘beautiful, glowing skin’.
Ms Crowther cautioned her face was significantly drier than normal in the days after dermaplaning, something to consider for anyone with a dry or flaky skin type.