We always hear people said, there is one treatment the medical aesthetic clinic, and that's a microdermabrasion. It takes about 15 minutes total, it's relaxing, and it leaves me with smooth, glowing skin. We are talking about the type of face you only see a week after a facial or when you get back from a truly hypnotic holiday.
If you're a beauty connoisseur, you're probably thinking, "What?!" It's so unexpectedly old-school. And if you've never heard of microderms, then you're probably also thinking, "What?" Let me answer your questions: To the former I prefer gentle, tried-and-tested treatments over trending, invasive ones. And to the latter, a microdermabrasion is a machine used to exfoliate the skin.
To explained what a microderm really does: "You gently remove all the dead cells on the top of the epidermis, which is called the stratum corneum. And in removing those cells all at once, it stimulates the cells beneath it to all renew at the same time. There are no chemicals involved, it's a mechanical treatment."
To help you decide if microderms are a suitable treatment for your skin, you need to know about them:
How your skin will look after a microderm
"Skin will look smoother, more even. There will be more of a glow or a brightness to the skin. All those dead cells on the top can make your skin appear a bit dull or grey. After the microderm, you'll have an even skin tone without those dead, greyish cells on top."
Microderms vs. peels
"Microderms are the best, because there are no chemicals and there is no damage to the epidermis. The chemical peels, that remain a good option and the chemical peels that are used generally are salicylic acid based. Those are great if you are very acne prone or have active acne, because it calms it down. But peels are drying. When you do microdermabrasion, you're not drying someone's skin out or putting a chemical on their skin that stings. And it's relaxing some people even fall asleep!"
Who can get a microderm
"It's really for everyone other than those who have chronic acne. Any skin tone, any ethnic group, men and women it's really great in that way. It's not invasive, and it's safe. You can even do it during pregnancy, because there are no chemicals involved whatsoever. You can do it if you have a tan. I don't want people to have tans, but there are some procedures that you actually cannot do when you're tan, and this is not one of them."
Why acne-prone people should avoid it
"If you've got active acne, a microdermabrasion can stimulate it and make it a bit worse. There are some doctors who absolutely disagree with this and do microdermabrasion on purpose on their acne patients. The are few cases of patients afterwards with evident deterioration of the facial acne."
When should you avoid them
"Before the treatment the skin should be untouched by other procedures for at least a week, if not two."
What to know about your skin after a microderm
"Take care of your skin post-treatment by moisturising and wearing sunscreen. After a microdermabrasion, the skin actually absorbs and accepts moisturiser or serum much better than if you didn't get one. So your skin can get like extra moisturised, and it lasts for a couple weeks. Since your face accepts moisture so well, it will feel smoother. Makeup artists love people who get microdermabrasions they put primer or whatever on, it looks great."
How often you should get them
"If you can do it once a month, that is the best. More frequently than once a month doesn't do anything. Many people don't have the luxury of going once a month."
Where to get them
"People should do it in a doctor's clinic, because then you know the instruments are sterile. If you're doing it somewhere else and they're using wands, I like people to be shown that the wand is in a sterile package. It's like when you get your nails done, and they have those sterile packages."
Why it's more than just a facial treatment
"Getting a microdermabrasion feels good, and it's relaxing. It doesn't hurt, and it doesn't sting. Your eyes are closed, and you're not on your phone. Someone is taking care of you, and that is a good way to de-stress. It's 15-45 minutes once in a while, but it's so good for your brain and your cortisol levels to just take a little break. Whereas there are some procedures that, because they hurt, don't give you that same relaxing, cortisol-dropping, stress-relieving feel."