Reviewed: Sonicsmooth by Michael Todd Beauty

Audrey Noble

Michael Todd Beauty Sonicsmooth ($99)

As beauty editors, we get bombarded with a ton of new products every day (we know—tough life). Reviewed is a series where we report on some of the best products we’ve tried. Whether it’s a drugstore lipstick that lasted all day or a hand cream that saved us this winter, you’ll find all our favorites in this column. Enjoy!

Dermaplaning can be one of those elusive beauty treatments: You know it exists and you know you’ve heard good things about it; you just don’t really know what it is or why you need it. So for those of you who don’t know, dermaplaning involves shaving a dead layer of skin off your face for the smoothest skin of your life. Other benefits include a brighter complexion, even skin tone, and an increase in collagen production. This is usually done with a certified esthetician and a fine scalpel. It sounds scary, but the results are supposed to be amazing, and I have yet to find a person who’s done it and hated it.

It’s always hard to find time and gather the means to make an appointment. Lucky for those us who are always busy (and strapped for cash), we can now do it in the comfort of our tiny NYC apartment. Last week, Michael Todd Beauty introduced the very first at-home sonic dermaplaning device: the Sonicsmooth Dermaplaning System. While it is pricier than other razors most people use to dermaplane at home, it is the first device out there that uses sonic-wave technology, referring to the speed at which the device vibrates to shave off dead skin, to make the safety blade trim facial hair and gently remove dead skin cells at 258 beats a second. Plus, when you buy the kit, you get the device, a charging station, a two-month supply of blades, a cleanser, and after-treatment gel—spend more now to eventually save more later.

But where to begin when you’ve never had dermaplaning done before? I looked at the device nervously when I first saw it and immediately thought that I was either going to cut myself or shave off an entire eyebrow. I asked celebrity esthetician and skincare expert Erica Parker for any tips and tricks to getting the best results as a newbie, and she reassured me this product is error-proof. First, you use the cleanser to prep the skin; made with honey and oats, the cleanser gently removes any debris and makeup and is suitable for all skin types. Next, you hold the device at a 45-degree angle to your skin. Focusing on either the right or left side of the face first, use feather-like strokes in a downward motion along that half of the face. Parker says the key to mastering it is keeping your skin taught. So with your other hand, pull the skin upward as you shave with the device. When you're done with the first half, move on to the other side. Your skin will feel dry, which is why it comes with a treatment gel to put immediately after you're done using the device. For best results, use it at night before you go to bed and only use it once a week.

Next, you hold the device to your skin at a 45-degree angle. Focusing on either the right or left side of the face first, use feather-like strokes in a downward motion along that half of the face. Parker says the key to mastering it is keeping your skin taught. So with your other hand, pull the skin upward as you shave with the device. When you’re done with the first half, move on to the other side. Your skin will feel dry, which is why it comes with a treatment gel, which is made with cactus pear and seaweed extract and hyaluronic acid to hydrate and calm the skin, to apply immediately after you’re done using the device. For best results, use it at night before you go to bed, and only use it once a week.

As someone who often skimps out on her nighttime skin routine (it’s something I’m working on being better about, I swear), I didn’t think I would enjoy having to deal with a device before going to bed. But I wrote down the tips I was given and followed the simple instructions above. After giving it a try for the first time last week, I was pleasantly surprised at just how easy it is. The blades felt light against my skin, and there really was no way I could cut myself. Hypothetically, I could shave off an entire eyebrow, but that takes a deliberate attempt rather than a one-off mistake. It took less than five minutes to do my entire face.

I woke up the next morning with noticeably smoother and softer skin. My complexion also seemed brighter—and I’m now a firm believer that dermaplaning is something everyone should try.

Next up, read up on the eye gel that will help you fake a good night’s sleep.

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