The term microdermabrasion refers to a procedure that's normally performed in a dermatologist's office. This procedure involves spraying tiny crystal particles on the face that help to loosen and remove the top layer of dead skin. Another method involves using a wand that is applied directly onto your skin. If neither of these procedures is for you, or you want to try microdermabrasion at home, there are some things you can do on your own to reveal healthier, smoother looking skin.
Types of Microdermabrasion
When it comes to home microdermabrasion, there are essentially two different formats to choose from: exfoliating treatments and devices. The treatments can be purchased at most beauty stores and drug stores, and they use tiny scrubbing particles that you can massage into the skin and then rinse off. Devices are a bit more expensive, but they give you better control over the areas you treat, and many have been shown to be highly effective at safely sloughing away dead skin cells without a visit to the dermatologist. So, which method is right for you?
If you choose to purchase a microdermabrasion exfoliating product, it's important to perform a small test first to avoid irritation. Apply the exfoliator to your arm or wrist and follow the instructions as indicated on the package. This test can help to avoid potential redness or other irritation when you go to apply it to your face. It's best to use these types of treatments no more than twice a week to allow your skin time to heal between treatments. You can apply the exfoliator to trouble spots more often to get the desired results.
There are plenty of microdermabrasion devices on the market today, ranging from simple and affordable to complex and a bit more expensive. Each device may offer a different benefit and a different method in terms of how to use it. Some devices include disc attachments that gently spin as you apply them to the skin, stimulating circulation and encouraging better exfoliation. These discs may contain tiny crystals that basically "sandpaper" the surface of your skin to remove dead cells and reveal a healthy glow. Other devices may recommend the use of specific creams in conjunction with the device for the best results. Always read about each device and how it works before choosing the one that will work best for your skincare needs.