Dermaplaning the Eyes
Using the Contour Kit
Caring for the skin around the eyes is a delicate process. Because it is thinner, it not only tends to be the first place to show signs of aging, but also is more sensitive than the rest of the skin. Therefore, extra care needs to be taken when treating this area however; your clients/patients will be very pleased with the benefits from exfoliation around the eyes
Chemical peels contain acids that are too potent for the eye area. On the other hand, if you were to use a mechanical exfoliation such as a scrub or microdermabrasion under the eyes, the little crystals or jagged tips would mercilessly scratch the thin, delicate under-eye skin. The scrubbing and pulling can contribute to a breakdown of collagen and elastin and possibly broken blood vessels.
By dermaplaning the eye area with the contour blade you can target specific problems easily, carefully and skillfully with more control over the treatment. The procedure should be done with an extra delicate touch due to the nature of the area. Dermaplaning is gentle enough that it should not cause inflammation or disrupt the PH balance of the skin. Prepare the skin by washing with a foaming cleanser. Use your preparation solution sparingly; dip a q-tip into your prep solution wiping off any excess moisture to avoid dripping into the eyes. Wait for the skin to be thoroughly dry, pat with a tissue to speed up the process if necessary. For this treatment The Contouring Mini Blade System is ideal.
Attaching the Mini Blades to the Contouring Handle
The contouring system is very different from the standard handle and blades. See below for step by step instructions on loading a contouring blade to the mini handle.
Remove the blade from the packaging
Insert the blade by pushing downward all the way
The side of the blade that is sharp should press against the blade handle for ease of use. This will make it appear off center. Screw closed by turning left (counter-clockwise) Very tightly.
you are now ready to begin your treatment! Keep your finger over the spine of the blade for control and make sure to hold your mini handle at a 45 degree angle. The elongated part of the blade must be utilized for an effective treatment.
Introduction to Dermaplaning the eye’s
The Outer Eye
The area where crow’s feet are predominant is called the lateral orbital margin. Begin by holding the skin taut and vertically. Work as close to the eye as safely possible. Use vertical strokes starting at the closest point to the eye, working outwards and overlapping slightly.
Under The Eye
Begin working under the eye area by starting on the orbital ridge. Start at the outer eye working inward using horizontal passes that slightly overlap. Make sure the skin is held taut; the practitioner must have a clear view of the entire area while working. It is very important that you are aware of the pressure of the blade, this is a sensitive area. Work your way up to the lower lash line.
Enhanced product penetration is a great benefit of this exfoliation treatment, it promotes deeper, even penetration of corrective products. The mild disturbance to the skin from dermaplaning will encourage the production of collagen and elastin formation. This is an excellent treatment for crêpe looking dehydrated eyes and those suffering from textural difficulties in that area. Eye makeup takes on a whole new look after the removal of vellus hair, with ease of application and color vibrancy. Results are immediately noticeable.
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