Egyptian women, wanting to remove minor skin flaws, used fine sand and abrasive masks with alabaster particles to peel their outermost skin layers. That’s where the concept of microdermabrasion comes from. Not very long back it shifted places from Hollywood/elite lanes to our common lives. Also called instant face lift, and being relatively easiest one at that, it got popular instantly. And now, even when I am from a small town, I see ladies, especially prospect brides, eager and enthusiastic to undergo microdermabrasion for an immediate better looking skin. So, in my first article for IMBB, I am going to lead you beauties to an overview of microdermabrasion.
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What it does?
It removes very superficial layer of skin mostly stratum corneum. This layer is the protective layer of the skin that regenerates every few days. This is the same layer we try to shed off by exfoliation but the scrub granules that we use is not powerful enough to do so effectively, and scrubbing harder leads to microinjuries. So microdermabrasion does this sloughing of superficial layer and debris through gentler but very powerful crystals.
How it works?
It uses powerful machine exfoliation by one of the following means :
1.Aluminum oxide crystals: In this, device draws in air, creates vaccum and minute aluminum oxide particles are blasted on skin surface that bring dead cells and impurities along way , which are then suctioned and sucked in along the way.
2. Diamond tip: No blasting, and hence less uncomfortable. Diamond micro tip does all the exfoliation.
3. Hydra Facial: newest advancement in microdermabrasion, not available in India, that uses water to exfoliate while infusing serums in the skin.
Time duration and cost:
The procedure takes about 60-90 minutes with very less discomfort, costing you from 1000 bucks to 2500 bucks depending on where/who you get it from.
Depending on the status of your skin your consultant will give you a schedule of sessions, most often 5 sessions within 3 months. After that you may get the microdermabrasion procedure for maintenance anywhere between 6 monthly to yearly.
To do or not to do (Scooby doobie doo) 😛 😛
1. Decreasing pigmentation: It removes superficial dull skin, and also increases cell division rate for a healthier looking even skin.
2. Age spots/ blemishes: While it may not remove the blemish completely, it will definitely lighten it. In fact, experts suggest, microdermabrasion at regular intervals may influence the way skin grows from underneath, and thus very much improving the look of blemishes/ spot.
3. Fine lines and crow feet: As I mentioned earlier, its called instant facelift for its anti ageing wonders by removing damaged stratum corneum as well as increasing cell turnover. But yes, no dramatic improvement will be seen in one session, might require 5-6 sessions for people to compliment you the way you look.
4. Acne: As it unclogs pores, it definitely helps in mild acne, but not in extensive cystic one.
5. Enlarged pores: Enlarged pores is one of the five signs of ageing skin. UV light damages the skin composition and hence pores. Microdermabrasion tightens pore to some extent.
6. Blackheads, whiteheads, clogged pores: I definitely don’t need to give an explanation to this one, to you IMBB beauties. ‘EXFOLIATION’, and an intense one at that, pretty much gives it away.
7. An added benefit is that it improves the penetration of beauty products we use giving much better results.
All this sounds and looks yummy, right? So before pick your phone to get an appointment, I would like you all to give a look below too.
Doesn’t work on:
1. Severe active acne
2. Deep acne scars: Since it removes only the superficial layer, deep scars wont be benefited much. Although as stated, over multiple sessions, it might get lighter.
3. Profound wrinkles: Though it might help in the better penetration on antiageing creams/serums.
1. Sun sensitivity: Stratum Corneum or the protective layer of our skin is sloughed off, so it gets sensitive to sun. A sunscreen with high protection is advised post treatment.
2. Swelling and redness: These are common post procedure signs that are likely to wear off within a day or too.
3. Bruising: Due to mishandling of hand pieces by the esthetician. OUCH ! might take several days to heal.
4. Dry skin: You may experience dryness/stretchiness on your facial skin. So moisturize it well.
Words of caution :
Don’t undergo microdermabrasion if you have :
1. Active extensive acne
2. Open sores, cuts or abrasion
3. Any facial skin lesion
4. Broken capillaries
6. Skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis etc.
7. Been on Accutane (isotretinoin) within prior one year
8. Underwent chemical peeling in last 2-3 months
9. Been using products with retinol/salicylic acid/AHAs. Stop using it 10 days before treatment.
To achieve best results only go to an esthetician that you trust and know. You definitely don’t want anything to go wrong with your most prized possession, your face. So, prefer a dermatologist, and a good one at that. If you get it done at a day spa, make sure you get it from best expert hands. And always get some follow up sessions.
Stay beautiful 🙂