What is Microdermabrasion?

a woman being treated with microdermabrasion

Another week, another long, impressive-sounding beauty treatment to explore. You may have heard of the cosmetic sensation sweeping the beauty world but not quite sure what it is? Worry not, we’re here to tell you all you need to know.

In short, Microdermabrasion is an instant pick-me-up that leaves your skin glowing, refreshed and vibrant. But there’s a lot more to it than that.

a woman examining her skin in the mirror
Image: Good Free Photos

So, what exactly does it do?

A non-chemical, non-invasive, non-surgical skin resurfacing cosmetic treatment with minimal downtime, Microdermabrasion is the ultimate in exfoliation, helping to combat congestion for awesomely flawless skin.

How does it do this? First, a bit of science.

Skin grows from the inside out, with cells born healthy and plump. Over time, they migrate outwards, reaching the surface of the skin where they have then become empty flakes. The older we get, the slower the shedding process, resulting in dead cell build up. Which is where this fabulous treatment comes in.

Through the quick, gentle and relatively painless removal of dead matter, achieved by a diamond head Microdermabrasion machine, it not only removes these dead skin cells but simultaneously stimulates your skin’s circulation, nutrient delivery and cell turnover which – in turn – boosts its elasticity, collagen production and natural rejuvenation process.

A polish and buff for my skin? Yes please!

Best bit of all? It’s safe and suitable for almost all skin types. Yay!

rubbing cream on face

Microdermabrasion facial benefits

  • Deep cleans
  • Brightens skin
  • Softens fine lines and wrinkles
  • Promotes a more even skin tone and texture
  • Controls acne, pores and blackheads
  • Reduces acne scars
  • Slows premature ageing
  • Minimises hyperpigmentation, sunspots, stretch marks and scars
  • Helps control dry skin

An added positive is that after undergoing a Microdermabrasion treatment your skin care products will be better penetrated by up to 50%, not to mention the application of makeup which will give you an airbrushed finish. What’s not to love?

Side effects?

You may experience slight swelling, redness, burning, bruising or increased sensitivity to light for a few days afterwards, but – as with everything else – these risks are minimal and extremely rare when carried out by a trained therapist. We also always recommend speaking to a professional before undergoing the treatment, to make sure it’s right for you and your skin.

So, is Microdermabrasion at home a big no-no then?

Can you buy an at-home Microdermabrasion machine? Absolutely. Is it as powerful or penetration-rich as those used in-salon, by a professional? Absolutely not. Not to mention the enhanced risk of side-effects. In short, this is not something we would ever recommend.

Anyone who’s not suitable for the treatment?

If you’ve taken medication for acne over the last six months it’s probably best to avoid it as this might increase the risk of scarring. It’s also not recommended for those with sensitive skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, active sunburn, herpes, lupus, psoriasis or broken capillaries. It may also not be the best treatment for darker skin as it can result in scarring or discolouration, so always make sure you undertake a patch test first before committing.

Before and aftercare?

You may be told to avoid sun exposure, tanning treatments and waxing a week before and exfoliating creams and masks three days before the treatment. You may also be advised to wear sun cream afterwards, while your skin is extra sensitive.

microdermabrasion before and after

Image: Andrey Popov, Shutterstock

Anything else I need to know?

One of the best things about the treatment is its gentle, non-aggressive approach. Because of this, however, it should be viewed as a progressive treatment, meaning treating yourself to a one-off is not really going to give you the long-term benefits you could otherwise enjoy if you committed to regular sessions. Initial results are generally seen after the fourth session but trust us when we say that it’s definitely something worth investing in! We recommend monthly maintenance and have lots of before and after photos we can show you to illustrate the benefits real people are experiencing all the time!

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Featured image: Johanna van Lieshout Veenstra, Pixabay

 

 

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