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Zoe Foster Blake has just undergone a very unusual skin treatment for the Logies.

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

Or, as she describes it, “sleazing and waddling my way to the Logies, an event I like to exploit to get my skin looking whatever level is above ‘retouched’.”

Same, same.

But as well as her usual Omnilux sessions and lactic peels, for the first time she’s tried the new beauty treatment we’ve all been wondering about but have been too scared to try – dermaplaning.

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 with a single blade) for the first time, because it’s the kind of thing people like you think people like me do. Dermaplaning 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! Or at least til next Sunday! My earring is stuck to my face in this photo! Faceshaving for Gold! ????

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

Rather than taking your blunt underarm razor to your face, dermaplaning is professional face-shaving using a single blade. Lucky for us, she shared the experience on Instagram.

“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 post-treatment photo.

“Just ask any beauty vlogger worth his or her bronzer: they’re mad for a Japanese Facial Razor or 12.”

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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 it’s 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,” she continued.

“Plus, my makeup looks like incredible. Like it’s in HD. Long may it continue! Or at least til next Sunday! My earring is stuck to my face in this photo! Faceshaving for Gold!”

A pregnant body is a hard-working thing of sweaty, bulbous beauty. It’s tense. Heavy. Cumbersome. Off-balance. Puffy. And very often, sore. After scoring a fractured pubis then osteitis pubis last time, I’m doing All The Things to ensure that shit doesn’t happen again. I’m midway through writing a blog on all that (hopeful that it may help first-timers starting to feel a bit spicy round the pelvis), part of which will loudly endorse regular massage. I just happily deep-breathed and winced my way through a ???? preggo massage here at @qualiaresort, complete with my beloved @sodashiskincare products, (ask for Taylah), and want to also recommend the pregnancy massage at @QTsydneypics, Joey from @stillbeautyau in Melbourne, and if you’re in Queenstown, Valeria or Marielle at Le Spa. I realise massages are generally considered a luxury, but when you’re furnished with an extra 10-20kg of boob and belly, I reckon you get to file massages under ‘maintenance/necessary/the doctor said I had to.’????????

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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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