Have you ever received a microdermabrasion treatment? If you haven’t, should you?
The question is more around whether it’s absolutely necessary to have the treatment done professionally. I will begin by saying that my mother disagrees with me on this one. And I will be honest and say that I may change my mind 20 years from now. After all, skin can change, and so do our choices.
My mother has the most beautiful skin (she is downright gorgeous) and I am blessed to inherent her [skin] genes (… unfortunately, I also got the cellulite and spider veins!). But here is my feeling about microdermabrasion … it’s the one thing easy enough for me to do on my own. Quite frankly, there are some incredible products out there that do a fantastic job of skin cell turnover.
First, let’s get into how your skin works, compliments of HowStuffWorks. Your skin is made up of two main layers, the epidermis and the dermis. The epidermis is the layer closest to the outside world. It’s a set of dead skin cells on top of another layer of cells that are in the process of maturing. The topmost layer is called the stratum corneum. The stratum corneum mostly acts as a barrier between the outside world and the lower skin layers. It keeps all but the smallest molecules from getting through.
In general terms, microdermabrasion is the application of tiny, rough grains that buff away the surface layer of skin. This can be accomplished through different products and treatments, including medical procedures, salon treatments and creams/scrubs that you can apply yourself at home.
Microdermabrasion is typically done to the face, neck, chest, arms or hands. It can include jets of zinc oxide, aluminum oxide crystals or fine organic particles. Particles/materials are vacuumed off through a wand.
Microdermabrasion is relatively a newcomer to the United States. It was developed in Italy in 1985 and adopted in the Unites States in the late 1990s and has been used to remove sun-damaged skin and remove or lessen scars and dark spots on the skin. It’s not a painful procedure and requires no anesthetic. Microdermabrasion massages your tissues and drives out dead skin cells, oil, and entrenched contaminants. A healthier and revitalized skin surface is revealed. The benefits are great – it improves the appearance of skin texture, large pores, acne and acne scarring, dry or dull patches, sun spots, age spots, rough skin, blackheads and clogged pores, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, fine lines and wrinkles, and dermal circulation.
With that said, is microdermabrasion only effective at the hands of a professional? I have participated in both, professional and at home treatments, and feel you can achieve excellent results at home. One of my favorite products on the market is Therapon’s Eternox Exfoliating Gel. It’s so gentle, yet so effective. The key to great skin is in the exfoliation. And you must exfoliate at least once a week. If you are using a gentle exfoliating product like Eternox Exfoliating Gel, you can exfoliate two to three times a week.
Bottom line: invest in your skin. You will be glad you did for years to come!