“Microdermabrasion is a procedure that exfoliates and removes the superficial layer of dry, dead skin cells.” According to licensed medical aesthetician, Maria Barry, at Union Square Laser Dermatology. A microdermabrasion machine can buff and polish the skin using a stream of fine crystals or a diamond tip. It also has a vacuum stream attached that plumps, firms, tones the skin, as well as removes excess dead skin cells form the surface.
The misconception with Micro (as we esthis call it) is that it is going to leave you red, peeling, and looking extremely irritated after a treatment. I think this thought came from a treatment that is done in a dermatologists office called dermabrasion. This is where they remove the top layers of your epidermis so that the skin can regenerate collagen and elastin. This is painful and will definitely leave you in the house for quite some time depending on how deep they go. This is NOT microdermabrasion!
Micro works with the outermost superficial layers of the skin. It leaves the skin looking smooth, refined, lighter, brighter, and feeling like a baby’s bum!! I always say the ONLY downside to micro is that it is ADDICTING!!! It is a great addition to any facial and skincare routine.
Of course there are levels of intensity, and your esthetician will make sure it is safe for your skin prior to the service. You may have some sensitivity, and a little redness, but nothing that won’t subside within an hour or so. Typically by the end of the facial it has already subsided.
It is honestly really great for any skin type except active acne. You DO NOT want to scrub or exfoliate acne! AT ALL!!! It spreads the bacteria and opens the breakout, which interrupts the healing process. Microdermabrasion is also not to be performed on hypersensitive or rosacea prone skin.
I love this treatment the most for dry skin and also for combination skin.
When your skin is dry, think about it, nothing is penetrating it! Your skin care is just sitting on top of dry, dull skin! Ew! So micro sloughs that off and allows your products to work much more effectively and penetrate deeper.
Micro also helps to reduce the appearance of pore size, lighten pigmentation (melasma), and helps with fine lines and wrinkles!
Now for the question of Crystals vs. Diamond tip
The diamond tip is either natural or synthetic. It is less messy for sure ;) and the wand is sterilized in between each service when done in office or spa. You can get closer to the eye area, and other sensitive areas of the face because there are not crystals being dispersed.
The crystals serve the same purpose, but leaves a clean up during a service. The tip we use in the crystal treatment is plastic, and also sanitized between each service.
The crystals are aluminum oxide, and they are the second hardest minerals (diamonds being first).
There are no side effects to using aluminum oxide on the skin for those concerned. It is non-toxic and non- carcinogenic. It also doesn’t cause any allergic or adverse reactions.
They are both great and the true difference is the convenience of no crystals with the diamond tip, and also the diamond tip is a harder mineral than the crystals. Also the diamond has different tips with levels of intensity, where as the crystals do not.
Micro is technically safe enough to be done every two weeks, but typically the treatments are spaced out to one a month. You will see results after one treatment, but depending on your desired results, or skin care concerns, you may want to do a series of them.
The best time to add micro if you just want to upkeep your skin is with the change of seasons!
SO GO OUT AND GET YOUR MICRO ON!!!
If you are interested in a handheld device, contact me because I have an amazing diamond tip micro machine that is great to add to your skincare routine!