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Every year in the days before the Logies, Zoe Foster Blake undergoes dermaplaning.

We are just two days out from the Australian Golden Globes (also referred to as the ‘Logies’) and Zoe Foster Blake is in prep mode.

The Go-To founder has shared her “VERY EFFECTIVE” skin-care treatment that she has before big events and yes, we are listening.

“If you have a big event or your wedding is coming up, and are interested in what you can do to make your face ZING WITH HEALTH, I rate the following type of treatment for exceptional skin tone and bounce,” the author wrote on her Instagram, alongside a photo of her very glowy face.

So what is the beauty treatment? Well it’s one you may have heard some buzz around recently, but have been too scared to try – dermaplaning.

Foster-Blake explains dermaplaning is “microblading which exfoliates and remove the hair from face for astonishing makeup application”.

Yep, we’re talking face shaving – although not in the way you might be imagining.

 

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LOGIEZZ TIME!! If you have a big event or your wedding is coming up, and are interested in what you can do to make your face ZING WITH HEALTH, I rate the following type of treatment for exceptional skin tone and bounce. It was devised by my facialist Brooke, who knows when I book in for pre-event facials that, A) I’m terrified of cold sores coming up after heat and trauma (two common treatment components), B) my pigmentation flares easily, C) when you own a skin care company and tell people what to do with their skin constantly, people tend to inspect your skin closely, and D) I always need a wee halfway through. Pre-kids I used to have time for a skin ‘program’ before a big event: now I just book in one VERY EFFECTIVE treatment, pack a Go-To sheet mask for the day, and hire a makeup artist who excels in glow. So, in my one efficient hour today I had dermaplaning (microblading which exfoliates and remove the hair from face for astonishing makeup application; I’ve had it a few times and before you ask, no, the hair doesn’t return thicker. That said, if you have sensitive skin or hormonal imbalances leading to excessive facial hair, maybe give it a miss) then some ‘active oxygen’ to calm the skin and also brighten it after the dermaplaning, followed by Laser Genesis (no downtime, reduces redness, brightens skin and most critically, stimulates collagen and elastin in a few days time. Last time I had this I was shocked and delighted at the delayed onset mega glow, which is why I booked this today, so skin is peaking for the Logies on Sunday) and then a peptide mask to soothe and hydrate. And since I am asked sometimes, and understand how hard it is to find good people to tend to your facey landscape, the people I trust in Melbourne are: Brooke and the gang at @meskinandbody, (for all my pigmentation bullshit and also event prep) @melaniegrantskin (for maintenance and for event prep) and @_littlecompany (for a relaxing, nurturing facial.) (In Sydney I swear by @natashatdoublebay and also @jocelynpetroni. Been seeing them for over a decade.) The people I DON’T trust are Daryl and Gavin at Big Gav’s Face Shack.

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Rather than taking your blunt underarm razor to your face, dermaplaning is professional face-shaving using a single blade.

Her facial treatment then included “active oxygen… followed by Laser Genesis”. Oh, and then also a “peptide mask to soothe and hydrate”.

This isn’t the first time Foster-Blake, mother to Sonny, four, and Rudy, one, has shared her dermaplaning face treatment.

In 2017, also in the lead up to the Logies, the former-beauty editor similarly documented her post-treatment glow and claimed her make-up looked “like it’s in HD”.

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Which is literally the dream.

“It’s exfoliating, brightening, skin-tone-evening, non-inflammatory (so: great for pigmentation sufferers) helps skin care penetrate better, and makes your skin freakishly smooth (because, um, it’s hairless), meaning your makeup will sit PERFECTLY,” Foster-Blake wrote under the photo.

 

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I’m sleazing and waddling my way to the Logies next weekend, an event I like to exploit to get my skin looking whatever level is above ‘retouched.’ 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 of the tiny fine face hairs with a single blade) for the first time, because it’s the kind of thing people like you think beauty-writer people like me, do. Dermaplaning (around $100) is exfoliating, brightening, skin-tone-evening, non-inflammatory (so: great for pigmentation sufferers) helps skin care penetrate better, and makes your skin freakishly smooth (because, um, it’s hairless), meaning your makeup will sit PERFECTLY. Just ask any beauty vlogger worth his or her bronzer: they’re mad for a Japanese Facial Razor or 12. The first question I asked my bud Brooke at @meskinandbody was: will my facial hair grow back worse/coarse? “No. It will not change the number or texture of the hair follicles.” Second: will this hurt? “No.” And it didn’t. (Unlike threading, or waxing, or laser.) Third was: Do you have some butter for my hot cross bun? (Brought one in my bag.) Few days on and I’m a luminous, bright, fuzz-free, smooth-skinned slice of facey cherry pie, and I’m juuust modest enough to admit it. Plus, my makeup looks like incredible. Like it’s in HD. Long may it continue! (Six weeks, apparently.) Or at least til next Sunday! My earring is stuck to my face in this photo! Faceshaving for Gold! ????

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She also made sure to ask the most concerning questions like will it hurt and will it make your facial hair grow back thicker and coarser?

The good news is: No, on both accounts.

“A few days on and I’m a luminous, bright, fuzz-free, smooth-skinned slice of facey cherry pie, and I’m juuust modest enough to admit it,” the beauty editor assured her followers in 2017.

While the treatment isn’t exactly new – Cleopatra, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor were reportedly fans – it’s enjoyed a major resurgance of late.

“In my 31 years as an aesthetician dermaplaning has always been the least sought after hair removal request and certainly in the last 10 years where hair removal technology has advanced it’s a method that, up until now, had been spoken of less and less,” Marie Enna-Cocciolone, aesthetician and CEO and Founder of O Cosmedics, told Mamamia previously.

“It’s a professional treatment that requires an expert, technique and a purpose-built hand piece/blade tool designed specifically for the removal of short, fine, thin, light-coloured and barely noticeable hair otherwise known as ‘Vellus Hair’. Trying this treatment at home with a normal razor will not achieve the same results.”

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