Helllooo my popsicles and momsicles! We are heading into a steamer of a weekend. As the temperature goes up and the clothes come off, I am missing my team of aestheticians – the army of people it takes to groom me – more and more. It’s not just the hair; I need a mani-pedi, a wax, some threading, a little brow work and maybe a shot of Botox, because, as Karen on “Will and Grace” once said, nothing says beauty like a faceful of poison.


Guess what I did the other night? I shaved. My face. Like a dude. I was peering in the mirror and I noticed all this fine down on my cheeks and chin. I’m super fair, thank God, otherwise I’d look like Jojo the Dog Faced Boy, but the peach fuzz had to go. Without thinking too much about it, I grabbed my leg razor, lathered up, and had at her. Two minutes later, I toweled off, felling a little weird, and voila! I was as clean shaven as a newborn baby. A somewhat wrinkly one, but smooth. I moisturized, went to bed, and the next morning, when I put on makeup, it went on like paint on freshly primed drywall.


Apparently this is a service offered in the best spas and salons, but they call it “dermablading”, or “microplaning”. According to the website, “Dermaplaning is a skin treatment that uses an exfoliating blade to skim dead skin cells and hair from your face, leaving it smooth, youthful, and radiant”. In other words, shaving. Except it’s really expensive, anywhere from $150 to $250 for a half hour session. Obviously there’s a trained technician involved who knows what they’re doing, but really, it boils down to scraping hairs off your mug just like the fellas do. I’m not sure it’s for everyone. Like I said, I’m not particularly hairy, so it wasn’t a very intensive procedure, and so far so good: I don’t have a 5 o’clock shadow, or any ingrown hairs, or, god forbid, any cuts I need to stick toilet paper on. I may even do it again, if they won’t let me see my aesthetician (Amrit, if you’re reading this, please don’t freak out. I love you and miss you).


Anyway, that’s my latest beauty secret, for what it’s worth. Right now, I’m not trying for glamour or allure, just neatness and tidiness. Remember, everyone: shaving cream, be nice and clean, shave every day and you’ll always look keen.


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