If you suffer from mild skin problems like blocked pores, a dull complexion, acne scars, or if you’re just starting to notice those fine wrinkles more and more, then a session of Microdermabrasion might be just the thing you need to restore that glow to your face!
What is Microderabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is the latest in salon treatments that gently buffs away the very top layer of skin, to reveal newer, “fresh” skin cells beneath and remove fine lines, acne scars, and minor blemishes.
Before Microdermabrasion, there was a procedure called dermabrasion, which was considered as a cosmetic surgical procedure, and could only be carried out by medical professionals. This removed more than just the top layer of skin, and could take up to a month to heal properly; a very painful procedure indeed, and one that reduced a person to looking extremely red and raw for a long time! But the idea was the same- new skin cells were forced to grow quickly to replace those lost, and the over all effect was a fresh, smooth complexion- but what a price to pay!
How Does Microdermabrasion Work?
Microdermabrasion is a much gentler process- so much so that most beauty practitioners now offer the treatment, and it’s even a procedure that can be done at home; its popularity speaks for itself. The procedure uses tiny abrasive grains, that thoroughly exfoliate the whole surface of the skin, not only revealing skin cells beneath, but encouraging the body to quickly grow more skin cells to replace those that have been buffed away; this quick growth is the body’s way of ensuring that the skin layer doesn’t lose moisture.
The top layer of skin is where many blemishes of the skin, such as fine lines, occur; by removing them, you can achieve what’s becoming called “an instant face-lift”! And whereas with dermabrasion recovery time could take up to month, with Microdermabrasion, the redness of the newly buffed skin lasts only a couple of days. In fact, many women find that it has subsided in a matter of hours.
How Much Does it Cost?
Microdermabrasion will set you back about £50 a session. It’s not cheap, but as with any beauty treatment, we recommend going to a beauty practitioner with a good reputation; you may end up paying the higher end of the price scale, but you can relax knowing that you’re in safe hands.
Are There Any Negative Side Effects of Microdermabrasion?
Some people have reported “burn” marks after visiting practitioners that didn’t know what they were doing- so don’t compromise on the quality of the treatment for convenience or money-saving! Others, who suffer from particularly oily skin, have noticed that they suffer break-outs after the first couple of sessions they undergo, but that this settles down as the skin gets used to the treatment.
There are also those for whom the treatment is simply not suitable. If you currently suffer from acne, then this is not the treatment for you, as it will aggravate what is already very sensitive skin and worsen your condition. Similarly, those with eczema, psoriasis or rosacea should also give this treatment a wide berth- the sudden loss of moisture from your skin will prompt a flare-up in your condition.
If you have any doubts about whether this treatment will benefit you, be sure to talk to your practitioner before you go ahead with the procedure- they may be able to offer a service that is more suited to your skin type.
At Home Microdermabrasion
If you don’t want to fork out for regular salon treatments, there are a vast number of products that now offer Microdermabrasion in the comfort of your own home! These range from buffing tools, which do all the work for you Microdermabrasion Systems, to creams and scrubs, which you can use as part of your skincare routine, and are a bit more gentle on more sensitive skin.
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