They had me at “hummingbird wings.”

I was super excited to be asked to review DERMAFLASH in exchange for trying the product – partly because I love to get things in the mail, so much so that I unwrap them on the front porch as you can see, and partly because I thought Dermaplaning was something you did on vacation in the Swiss Alps.

I was not the only one who did not know about this beauty ritual, it turns out.

derm7Dermaplaning is a deep exfoliation technique, using the edge of a blade or similar tool, and a delicate touch. It removes dead skin cells and those fine “peach fuzz” hairs for smoother skin and a glowing complexion. The procedure can be performed at a salons – or now, at home with DERMAFLASH.

DERMAFLASH was founded in 2015 by Dara Levy, and represents a “new paradigm” in beauty. The device “takes its inspiration from the majesty of the hummingbird; DERMAFLASH uses a subtle sonic vibration that mimics the flutter of the hummingbird’s wings and a proprietary edge to simultaneously remove the oldest layer of dead skin cells and built-up debris while painlessly sweeping away unwanted vellus hair.”

Doesn’t “hummingbird wings” sound like the most amazing beauty treatment ever? Doesn’t “proprietary edge” sound like something I should have unsupervised access to? Is there such a thing as “wanted” vellus hair?

As it turns out, DERMAFLASH is very easy to use. I received the 5-piece set in a hot pink and white box that exclaims “From Fuzzy to Fabulous in a Flash!” The six-week supply comes with a base, a charger, six blade cartridges and an 0.8 ounce tube of Prep Cleanser and of Soothe Hydrating Moisturizer. After charging the device overnight, you simply slide the cartridge in, in much the same way you do disposable heads on a razor.

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The directions are easy to follow and include pictures: First, use the Prep cleanser and blot your face with a soft towel. Then, use the DERMAFLASH, with gentle, sweeping motions, all over your face in the direction illustrated, avoiding the hairline, eyes, lips and nose. It take a bit of practice – don’t get frustrated and remove the blade, because they are single use, and it won’t work when reinserted.


I was surprised at how many tiny hairs I saw on the blade, and how much smoother my skin felt! When you are finished, apply a bit of the Soothe moisturizer. Apply makeup as usual.

I was concerned about breakouts and irritated skin when the hairs began to grow back, but I had no problems at all.  I have very fine, blonde facial hair so I have used it about every ten days, and I am very satisfied with the results. My skin is more radiant, and when I choose to wear makeup, the application is smoother and easier.

Except for that whole Dermaplaning-on-the-Swiss-Alps thing. Maybe next time.

DERMAFLASH is available at many retailers including Sephora, Nordstrom, QVC, Neiman Marcus, Ulta, Macy’s, and of course, Amazon. The device I received retails at for about $189.00. Replacement cartridges and Prep and Soothe are available for about $39 sold together.

Disclosure: I received a Dermaflash for review purposes. All opinions are my own.