Microdermabrasion originated in the 1950s in Italy, initially using abrasive materials like sandpaper. In the 1980s, machines with aluminum oxide crystals refined the process. It gained popularity in the 1990s for its non-invasive skin rejuvenation benefits. Today, it’s a widely practiced cosmetic procedure by certificate esthetician using various techniques.

What is microdermabrasion?

Don’t let the term “abrasion” scare you. Microdermabrasion is actually very gentle and is only mildly uncomfortable, if at all. There are two major types: crystal and non-crystal (also called ‘diamond tip’).

With crystal dermabrasion, a delicate handheld wand emits microscopic crystals as you slowly move the device across the skin, delivering a gentle, polishing effect. Whereas, a non-crystal wand will use a diamond-tipped disc to softly buff the surface layer of skin. Both methods feature a vacuum-like function to suck up dead cells, oil and gunk in the process.   

Microdermabrasion increases blood flow and oxygen while stimulating collagen growth thanks to the so-called ‘wound effect.’ When the stratum corneum – the top layer of the skin – is removed, the body interprets it as a wound. This kicks off a healing reaction and triggers skin to replace lost skin cells with new ones. As a result, microdermabrasion softens fine lines, smooths texture, reduces the appearance of brown spots, and brightens the skin after a series of treatments.

Smooth, clear, even, radiant… Everyone aspires to have a flawless complexion. While scrubs and beauty acids can be effective in unclogging pores, it’s the advanced treatments like microdermabrasion that deliver the best results.An efficient and non-invasive anti-aging beauty treatment beloved by celebrities, microdermabrasion is one of the best options on the market for exfoliation. The skin-polishing technology also addresses several other skin concerns, from acne scars to uneven texture, clogged pores and fine lines, just to name a few. 

For years, microdermabrasion treatments were reserved for dermatology offices and spas, but today you can find sophisticated handheld devices to use in the comfort of your home.

Who is microdermabrasion best for? Good news: microdermabrasion works for anyone in need of a deep, exfoliating facial. It also evens out pigmentation, softens acne scars, reduces the appearance of fine lines and brightens your complexion. If you’re in the early stages of aging, this is the treatment for you.

Is it safe for sensitive skin? Glad you asked. For those with sensitive skin, microdermabrasion is often the preferred alternative to chemical peels, because there are no harsh ingredients involved or downtime.

Anyone who should steer away from it? The procedure is generally not recommended if you suffer from skin conditions such as rosacea, active sunburn, herpes, or eczema. Those with open wounds, inflamed acne or broken capillaries might also want to skip microdermabrasion.

How long do treatments take? A single session at home might take around 20 to 40 minutes but it depends on the person’s skin condition and the device.  

What’s the ideal frequency of sessions? It depends on the person’s skin tolerance and condition at the time of treatment. It’s generally recommended that novices perform at-home microdermabrasion once a week for a month, followed by monthly maintenance treatments but it’s best to follow the instructions on your device and see how your skin responds.  

Does it hurt? Microdermabrasion can feel a little odd, like a scratchy tugging sensation, but there’s usually no major pain or discomfort.

Does it need downtime? Nope! Besides some mild redness, you can immediately resume your daily routine.

Are there potential side effects? The therapy can leave skin redder and more sensitive than usual in the immediate 24-48 hours following a treatment. If you have a big event coming up, give your skin a few days to relax.

Any post-treatment care? Avoiding direct sunlight and wearing sunscreen will help your skin recover faster. Avoid doing microdermabrasion right before your beach vacation.

What about post-treatment products? Since microdermabrasion opens pores, it’s best

to follow with hydrating lotions, serums or anti-acne products to maximise product penetration.

Do results last? Exfoliation benefits are instantly visible in terms of radiance and texture. After multiple sessions, you will notice more anti-aging benefits – think improved elasticity, less pigmentation and fewer fine lines.

Why we chose it:

  • Best beauty technology for exfoliation, instantly revealing brighter and clearer skin
  • Noninvasive, painless and zero downtime
  • Effective on all skin types and skin tones
  • Evens out superficial pigmentation, smooths fine lines and softens mild scarring
  • Helps to reduce congestion and control breakouts for acne-prone skin
  • Stimulates blood flow and boosts collagen production
  • Improves skin’s elasticity, tone and texture
  • Safe and cost-effective

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