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Microdermabrasion is one of several anti-aging procedures that renews the skin and makes it look younger. Some consider it a miracle worker and sing praises to what it does to the skin. But what makes it so good?
Well, first of all, microdermabrasion should not be confused with regular dermabrasion. While dermabrasion is a procedure performed by medical experts and requires an anesthetic, microdermabrasion is a completely safe, non-invasive procedure that can be done by an esthetician in a salon while producingalmost equally striking results.
Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic treatment which rejuvenates and refreshes your skin in only half an hour, with stunning results.
It works well for getting rid of blemishes, reducing the visibility of pores and acne scars, repairing sun damage, discoloration and generally clearing up the skin and evening out the complexion.
Step 1: Cleansing
As with any other treatment, the first step is always clearing out any impurities from the skin. When performing microdermabrasion it might be good to do a double cleansing to be sure that the skin is completely clean and ready for the procedure.
Using a steamer to open up the pores while cleansing may be helpful later on with removing whiteheads and blackheads during the actual treatment.
Step 2: Exfoliation (optional)
This step is completely optional, some may even call it unnecessary since microdermabrasion itself is in its essence very strong exfoliation.
However, some estheticians might be inclined to lightly exfoliate beforehand so as not to be as forceful with the exfoliating wand during the treatment itself, especially if the client has very sensitive skin.
Step 3: Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion can be diamond and crystal. With diamond microdermabrasion, the esthetician will use a vacuum wand with a diamond-encrusted tip.
The diamond tip will remove the topmost layer of the skin as it is slid across the face and the suction produced by the wand will pull in any flakiness leaving the skin smooth and clean.
Crystal microdermabrasion, on the other hand, uses a wand which blasts microcrystals into the skin. As the wand is moved across the face, the crystals will remove the dead skin. In this case, the flakiness will need to be dusted off the face.
The techniques here may differ and may depend on the preference of the cosmetician, but the end result is largely the same.
Both techniques involve the removal of the outer layer of the skin which is then replaced by new, young skin, making you look refreshed. There may be some redness after the treatment, but it is usually completely gone within a few hours.
Step 4: Protection
Since in both cases you lose the upper layer of the skin on your face and the layer underneath is still raw and sensitive, it is of utmost importance that the skin is hydrated with a chemical-free moisturizer with an SPF of 30 or higher.
This amazing treatment has been proven to reduce the visibility of fine lines and scars, improve the texture of the skin and get rid of discoloration and sun damage and it is suitable for all skin types.
However, keep in mind that this procedure is not recommended for persons with strong acne problems, rosacea, open sores, eczema, dermatitis and other similar skin conditions as it can irritate the skin and worsen the inflamed areas.