Before discovering the best at home microdermabrasion is important to find out how it benefits the skin to decide if is the right treatment for your needs.
This facial is a non-invasive procedure mostly used to remove the top layers of the skin. Depending on the system used and the intensity, the results will vary.
It works as a superficial treatment in which a device attached to a machine "sandblast" the skin with tiny aluminum oxide crystals. The process begins exfoliating the dead cells of the skin.
Once this step is done the dead cells are vacuumed to remove them from the skin's surface.
The theory behind is that it stimulates collagen production, thickening the skin, and improving the skin's appearance.
It is normally used for:
The treatment usually takes up to 45 minutes and more treatments are recommended for best results (a series of six, once a week).
This procedure can be quite uncomfortable and you are going to feel a stinging sensation that depending on the intensity of the device can go from moderate to strong. Your face will be red for a while and even more if your skin is sensitive.
You must wear sunscreen with high SPF every day, to protect your skin after the treatment.
This little gadget is worth investing in if you want to get the benefits of microdermabrasion treatments but don't want to spend a small fortune at the salon.
The Microderm GLO has patented and trademarked
features that appear impressive. Does it
deliver results though? Below are the main features:
ü Teardrop design for an ergonomic experience gives better control
ü On-screen guide allows users to view treatment settings
ü The two settings are manual and auto with auto programmed at four minutes. When using the recommended auto mode, the system automatically beeps when you need to move to a different facial or neck area.
Patented Diamond Density Dispersion work with sucking and massaging using light abrasion to remove skin’s outer layer. Dual action increases blood flow, promoting the growth of new skin and rebuilding elastin and collagen. This technology is similar to the one used at beauty salons so similar results are expected.
ü Two tips including a massaging tip for skin stimulation and a medical grade diamond tip that is non-invasive.
You will experience salon results at home after each use. The visible difference is noticed in a few weeks, with softer skin, reduced appearance of pores, dark spots, wrinkles and scarring.
This product uses light abrasion technology to remove dead cells. It increases blood flow and healthy cell growth, resulting in the rebuilding of elastin and collagen.
1. How long the tips will last?
The tips will need to be replaced very 6 to 9 months when used up to 3 times per week. To increase the life of the tips make sure to keep them clean and wash them after every use. You could use soap and water or an ultrasonic cleaner as recommended by the manufacturer.
For best results always read the manual before use and follow the instructions.
2. What is inside the box?
3. How to use Microderm Glow machine
Is easy to use. After washing and drying your face you need to hold the skin with one hand. Use the other hand to move the diamond tip through your face using even and short strokes. The tip needs to be flush with the skin while in use. Start at low level and use gently when you increase it.
4. Which areas I need to avoid?
Not recommended for under eye or around the eye areas, areas with rashes, cuts or wounds. Avoid using if you suffer from inflammatory acne.
5. How do you change the filter?
Pull the head of the top and place the filter disc at the end of the white plastic cylinder (between top and main base).
To find out more about this home kit check price and other reviews.
The Olay Regenerist might be a drugstore brand but is a high-end system. It aims to effectively resurface skin texture by sloughing away dead cells on facial surfaces.
At the same time, it promotes new cell generation. It works with two steps, a microdermabrasion gel and peel activator serum.
Although it won't give you salon results this kit is very handy when you want instant results but don't have the time to use a microdermabrasion home device. Is great if you want to get rid of impurities and give your skin a healthy glow.
Let's see how to use this kit:
ü Much more affordable than chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments
ü Home treatment product, use it at home at your own convenience
ü Skin is visibly firmer, more radiant and smoother after a few weeks of regular use
ü All-over body use
ü Lightening skin
ü Slows down skin thickening
ü Prevents early lines and wrinkles
ü Removes minor imperfections and superficial scarring
ü Convenient portable carry case
ü Face can become red after use
ü Sensitive skin should be extra careful when using this kit to avoid a burning sensation. Start off using it once a week and be gentle when rubbing the cream.
If you want to know more pros and cons about this home kit read these reviews.
The NEW SPA KIT aims at delivering the same results you expect from a professional salon.
It comes in a beautiful silver case and inside you will find:
The kit aims to improve skin quality and appearance. It works to improve fine lines, wrinkles, minor scars and imperfections. While most microdermabrasion machines focus solely on facial use, this model is suitable for all body parts and areas.
The machine works with 10 settings for different parts of your body. When treating your face, it is advised to start at exfoliation and suction level one or two and work towards five after a few weeks.
Before using the device, use the included cleansing gel and after treatment soothe your face with the restoring serum. It works by gently sloughing off dead skin cells while sucking the dead cells away.
ü Super quiet operation during use
ü Not for use on sensitive skin, skin rashes and inflamed skin
ü Could cause inflamed skin conditions
This product is good when you do not want to use machines and equipment to get rid of dead skin cells. It is an exfoliating treatment with salicylic acid to reduce the appearance of enlarged pores, acne scars and minor imperfections.
It is manufactured to be used with any high-quality
lotion or cleanser, for instantaneous soothing of skin breakouts, irritated
pores. It remains a gentle exfoliator even with salicylic acid as a major
ingredient. As a GNO-free, paraben-free, cruelty-free and 100%, vegan products
users are assured that it contains no dyes, gluten or fragrances.
It is easy to use and no need to pre-mix it into an entire bottle facial lotion. Take the amount of lotion or face wash you want to use and mix a small amount of the crystals with it to create a foam. The mixing ratio is one to ten. Rinse your skin with water and keep it damp before you massage it into the skin but avoid eye area. Two minutes massaging is all you need before rinsing your face.
ü Simple yet effective exfoliator
ü Fragrance-free and good for sensitive skins
ü Skin appearance improves very fast
ü Ready for use with any facial cream or cleanser
ü Tips may require replacing twice a year
The Beauty Star is another non-surgical procedure that rids your face from outer skin layer and sucking out dead particles. It effectively removes imperfections, skin debris, unwanted pigmentation, reduces wrinkles and fine lines. When you use it moderately along with penetrating skin products, it promotes skin health, restores cell activity and replenishes natural nutrients.
This machine uses diamond heads to peel your dead skin
cells, followed by gentle suctioning/vacuuming that removes dirt and particles
from your face. It is advised that you start at its lowest setting even though
it does not offer higher than -0-55cmHg suction power.
ü Suitable for use on all parts of the body except eye and genital area
ü Two in one action, removing dead cells and vacuuming
ü Not suitable for use with lotions that has an oil base, removal from your skin will be difficult
ü Some find the crystals too fine and prefer a grittier product
Microdermabrasion, a non-invasive facial treatment, has taken the world by storm. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, about 900,000 Americans underwent the 30-minute procedure back in 2009. Imagine how many do so today.
The facial uses a fine crystal spray or diamond tip to scrape off dead skin cells, which a vacuum removes. Because of its popularity, questions about the treatment abound. Eight of the most common are answered below.
1. Is Microdermabrasion Safe for Sensitive Skin?
Yes, it is, but sensitive skin which is both thin and dry - poses two challenges. The first is over-exfoliation. Therapists must apply less pressure and use less time than normal during the facial.
Or else, they remove too much skin, causing irritation or broken capillaries. After the procedure, over-exfoliation also occurs if you use anti-aging serums, synthetic peels, or products containing glycolic acid near treated skin.
The second challenge is chemical irritation. Some people react to the sulfates and petroleum products contained in the scrub used during the treatment. In such cases, therapists use natural-base scrubs and a diamond-tipped wand.
2. Is Microdermabrasion Good for Aging Skin?
Yes, the facial has no age limit. In fact, seniors and middle-aged people benefit from it, perhaps more than do their younger counterparts. According to a University of Michigan report, the procedure reduces wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, normal scars, and acne scars in aging skin.
The report also states that when practitioners use diamond-tipped wands in the facial, the skin produces collagen. This protein then rejuvenates the skin and changes the skin’s appearance.
However, the report found three minor issues. One, when practitioners use aluminum oxide, the skin may or may not produce collagen. Two, you need several procedures to get rid of scars. And three, whether age spots disappear varies with each individual.
3. Does It Work for Acne?
Although it is good for acne, it works best with mild acne scars and non-inflamed acne. Remember, the procedure peels off the fine layer of dirt and dead cells lying on your skin before sucking it up. This works well if you have the acne mentioned above.
So after only a few facials, you will see positive results. However, exfoliation and suction alone never get to deep-pitted acne. Even repeated treatments yield minimal results. To get rid of such acne, combine the facial with further procedures, such as laser resurfacing, punch excision, and subcision.
Finally, avoid this treatment if you have inflamed acne or if you recently used acne drugs like retinoids to avoid an acne breakout.
4. Is Microdermabrasion Good for Black Skin?
The procedure works for all skin types, but black skin needs extra caution. Although people consider black skin less sensitive than white skin, it is, in fact, the more sensitive of the two.
The melanocytes causing the dark pigmentation react violently to UV rays, stress, pollution, and chemicals. And when they do, they leave the skin irritated or, even worse, permanently discolored.
To prevent either of the two from happening, practitioners first test the skin for hyper-pigmentation and the likelihood of getting discolored. Only then do they give you the facial. But even then, they apply the least pressure and use the lowest-wand speed possible.
5. Is Microdermabrasion Good for Large Pores?
Pores enlarge because of too much oil in the skin, sun damage, poor skin hygiene, genetics and aging. This treatment is effective in unclogging pores but it won't make them smaller or change its size. So if this is the only reason for using this treatment you will be better applying topical products containing vitamin A and salicylic or glycolic acids.
6. It Is Good for Oily Skin?
If it is good enough for enlarged pores and blackheads, it is good for oily skin. As mentioned above, both form when the skin produces too much oil among other things.
7. Does It Remove Blackheads?
Blackheads form when dirt clogs these enlarged pores. Sometimes they form because of improper exfoliation where the dead cells turn into plugs and fill up with oil.
This skin treatment won't make a great difference to blackheads. It could eliminate blackheads that are in the surface but it won't get rid of deeper ones. The best treatments to clear blackheads are lasers such as Intense Pulsed Light. IPL will also get rid of birthmarks and skin pigmentation. Another effective method for getting rid of blackheads is glycolic acid peels.
Topical treatments that you could try to remove blackheads are retinoids such as vitamin A and alpha hydroxy acids. You could also try a facial at the beauty salon where extractions are performed by a professional but be aware that this is only temporary as blackheads will form again.
8. Does Home Microdermabrasion Work?
Yes, it does. If you have the money, buy a machine and exfoliate your skin, but first ensure you know how to do so.
What if you have no money, or you want to save a buck or two? Then buy an exfoliation cloth, peel, serum, or scrub and manually but gently scrub your skin.
Or, use your own DIY remedies. For instance, use a lotion containing lactic acid instead of your usual one. Only keep the acidity below 5% for sensitive skin.
When all else fails, jump into a shower, and scrub away the dead cells from your body using a loofah. After the shower, use a homemade salt or sugar scrub.
This facial treatment is more suited to those looking to diminish fine lines, reduce light brown spots and restore a healthy glow. It also treats skin affected by acne, clogged pores, and too much oiliness. What’s more, home facial treatments work too although not with the same results as professional treatments.
I once had a series of crystal clear treatments and although my skin looked better I didn't have the improvement I was looking for. For that reason is very important to match your expectations with the results the treatment is offering.
Personally, I think it works better for reducing acne scars and brightening dull skin but no that good for getting rid of wrinkles (works better on fine lines). Make sure to pick a good qualified physician who will understand what you want to achieve. You can also ask to see photos of people who have had this facial treatment before..
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