Microdermabrasion is freakin’ awesome and, being so awesome, is a great way to round out your skin care regimen. With all of the new skincare treatments sprouting up, some of the ‘tried and true’ got left by the wayside, but microdermabrasion has held it’s own and I’m going to tell you why.
What is Microdermabrasion?
Used For: Keeping your skins healthy glow. Consider doing this as a substitution for every other facial you normally get. I’d say at least once a month.
Ideal Candidate: Anyone with a pulse (if you really wanted to simplify it).
Crystal Microdermabrasion is a procedure where a handheld device propels aluminum oxide crystals to flush all the bad stuff out of your pores while removing old skin cells that dull out the inner vibrance of your skin. Kind of like sandblasting but it’s a lot less violent.
When I started doing this, in like 1998, it was a whole ordeal. If you were lucky enough to find a place that did it you would pay $150 – $175 a pop.The treatment was much less sexy then, girls!
You had to wear eye protection from ricocheting rogue crystals. Those little buggers would end up your nose and you’d be picking them out of your ears for two weeks afterwards. And I kept going back because my skin was worth it.
And so is yours.
How Microdermabrasion Helps Your Skin
- Acne Breakouts – When you’re having a nasty one the day before the ball. Go get a microdermabrasion and suck those bad boys out.
- Smooths Minor Acne Scarring – Since microderm sucks off the top layers of skin it can help level the bumps for a smoother complexion. For severe scarring make it a biweekly event.
- Evens Skin Tone
- Reduction of Fine Lines
- Minimizes the Look of Enlarged Pores – when dead skin cells fill up a pore the edges of the skin around the pore gets stretched making them more noticeable.
- Stimulating Collagen Production which is what keeps your skin elasticity in check making it ideal in anyones skin regimen.
How it Goes Down
The fancy little units available these days keep all those little crystals contained and you’ll find it a lot less likely to spot an errant one up your nose and certainly nowhere near your ear. The head of the device has two tubes, one that propels the crystals into the skin while the other sucks them up.
I did it a few days ago. Check it out!
Risks of Microdermabrasion
The only risk to worry about is when using an inexperienced technician who exerts too much pressure and scratches and bruises your skin.
This has only happened to me once but here’s a TIP: Microdermabrasion shouldn’t be excruciating. You should feel it but not FEEL it. If it starts to hurt then tell them to settle on down and consider this when deciding where to book your next treatment.
Cost of Microdermabrasion
Today microdermabrasion costs anywhere from about $65 to $95. Warning: There some cute little day spas that buy little home units then charge you as if they have magical fingertips that are going to do a better job then you would at home. Hogwash. If that’s what your place uses, then find a new one.
Or, you can always buy your own.
Microdermabrasion at Home
There are several good microdermabrasion units. Here are some of the top rated ones.
The PMD Personal Microderm System uses the same aluminum oxide crystals that professional units do, is painless and relatively affordable at $159 at time of this publication. It comes with 5 exfoliating discs, a facial cap, a body cap and a reusable filter.
The Measurable Difference Diamonderm Microbrasion System uses diamond tip technology and comes with 3 diamond tips, 3 suction tips, 50 filters, a charger and a travel bag for $199.99 at time of publication.
Rejuvaderm MD Handheld Microdermabrasion Unit
The Rejuvaderm MD At Home Professional Handheld Microdermabrasion Machine uses a medical grade diamond tip and has a 3 in 1 multi-function features for exfoliation with a 4 level suction motor, extraction and infusion to help skin products better absorb in your skin.
This runs $199 at time of publication.
Personally, I prefer a person doing my microdermabrasion with a professional unit – it’s a good way to get out of the house and off the computer!