Zoë Foster Blake is a veritable goldmine of beauty advice (and cute toddler pics), but this latest pearl has her followers divided.
On her Instagram account this morning, the Amazinger Face author admitted to trying (and loving) dermaplaning – aka face shaving.
“I’ve been having regular Omnilux (LED lamp) sessions and lactic peels with Face Boss @melaniegrantdbc for a while to keep pregnancy pigmentation in check, but this week I tried dermaplaning (professional face-shaving with a single blade) for the first time,” Zoe writes.
“Dermaplaning (around $100) is exfoliating, brightening, skin-tone-evening, non-inflammatory (so: great for pigmentation sufferes), helps skincare penetrate better, and makes your skin freakishly smooth (because, um, it’s hairless), meaning your make-up will sit PERFECTLY,” she enthuses.
Zoe had the treatment at Me Skin & Body in Melbourne’s South Yarra and is adamant it doesn’t make hair grow back thicker or more coarse.
“Few days on and I’m a luminous, bright, fuzz-free, smooth-skinned slice of facey cherry pie,” she says.
Zoe isn’t the only one singing the praises of dermaplaning – acclaimed LA facialist Kate Somerville endorses the practice, as does beauty vlogger Karima McKimmie.
But for every advocate, dermaplaning has its critics who claim it leads to stubble and even increased facial hair growth.
“If you have hair on the face that is fluffy and doesn’t respond with laser hair removal, we recommend a particular type of fine hair trimmer as it doesn’t cut in the same way as a blade so you don’t get that sharp, prickly feeling,” says Eva Karpati, dermal technician at Karpati Medispa in Sydney.
The beauty lesson? Dermaplaning isn’t something anyone can DIY with their Gilette at home –if you’re curious, best to leave this one to the professionals.
This article previously appeared on marie claire.