Skincare is something that I take very seriously and my skin is generally not too bad apart from having a few spots from time to time and little scars from previous breakouts. For many years I’ve heard about the benefits of microdermabrasion and how it can help with issues such as scaring and blemishes. I’ve always been put off though as the price is pretty steep, around £40 a treatment, and around 5-6 treatments are suggested for maximum benefits! Clearly as a student, this is not feasible in the slightest! Cue my little bit of luck! I was contacted by a friend who knew a lady ,Paula (hi if you are reading this!), that needed a model for her mock and final beauty exams. I was free and as you all know I love beauty, so decided to give it a go. She contacted me and told me that I would be having an Indian Head Massage, Full Body Massage, Hot Stone Massage and some Microdermabrasion. It’s a hard life I know! I thought I’d let you all know how I got on with the microdermabrasion incase any of you are undecided about getting it done!
The process of microdermabrasion is aiming to remove the top 0.04-0.65mm of skin to get rid of dead skin cells and help skin look clearer, smoother and plumper. Paula asked me what I was specifically looking to target and for me it was black heads, acne scarring and the breakouts I do still get. Thankfully she said that microdermabrasion can help all of these areas! The treatment really is tailored to you so if you have specific issues, the treatment can be targeted to those more if need be.
So what actually happens? Well the technician will use a special machine that feels a tiny bit like a mini hoover on your face. It is a weird sensation but not at all uncomfortable or even scratchy! I expected it to be like a really concentrated exfoliator but it wasn’t at all! The technician then passes the novel over the skin in ‘passes’ and the number of passes determines on the severity of the issues you are trying to treat. Mine weren’t so severe so Paula settled for 2 passes. A smaller nozzle is used around the eyebrows, lips and nose to ensure that all the skin is treated.
So what happens next? Occasionally, some people can experience tingling and redness to the skin. My skin doesn’t go red that easily so that didn’t happen to me but I got a very very slight tingling sensation that was actually quite pleasant. Afterwards, she popped a mask on to keep my skin looking healthy and to take down any redness. It was such a lovely cooling mask and made my skin so so soft! I walked out feeling very glowing and my skin looking radiant.
The next day I noticed a tiny bit of shedding but my skin did look smoother and clearer. I have heard that microdermabrasion has been called plastic surgery…without the plastic or the surgery. I don’t know whether I’d go that far but it definitely has some instantaneous effects and I would imagine the longer term effects are even better! I am hoping to have the full course of treatment to get the full effect and see what I think long term but so far so good in my opinion!
Some things to note though are that you need to wear a high SPF (i.e 30+) for the next few days as your skin is much more sensitive and the UV can damage it quicker. In addition to that, even if you see shedding, you shouldn’t exfoliate for the first 48 hours as you need to let your skin shed naturally. Treatments should also be carried out no earlier than three days apart as it gives your skin time to recover.
I can’t wait for my next session on Monday and to see if the benefits are even better. Unfortunately, the lovely Paula’s at home beauty service isn’t in my area, but if, on the off-chance, you live in Worcester make sure you check her out of Facebook here as she is absolutely lovely and so good at what she does! Even if you don’t live in the area, why not give the page a like to help support her as she grows her business!
Have you had microdermabrasion done before? If so how did you find it?