You’ve read about the benefits of microdermabrasion and you want to obtain them for yourself using an at home machine? Great choice!
More and more people are choosing to purchase quality at home microdermabrasion machines and do their own treatments, as opposed to heading to a salon and paying inflated prices for the same thing. Of course, there are many benefits to this, just as there are a few side effects too.
Advantages of Using Microdermabrasion at Home
- You can schedule in your treatments around your life, and you don’t have to try and get an appointment at a salon
- Privacy – If you’re someone who doesn’t enjoy the whole salon experience, you can do your own treatment in the comfort of your own home
- Over time, you will pull back the cost of your microdermabrasion machine and you will save money on your treatments. Salon treatments are quite expensive nowadays
- You can do your own top up maintenance treatments, after your initial treatment plan, whenever suits you
- Microdermabrasion machines these days are usually very easy to use, provided you follow the instructions on that particular model
Disadvantages of Using Microdermabrasion at Home
- You will need to pay outright on the cost of the microdermabrasion machine, which may be an issue for some
- You might worry that you aren’t doing the treatment right, however this can be overcome by taking your time and doing your research before you start
Choosing The Right Microdermabrasion Machine
Once you’ve decided that you’re going to do microdermabrasion at home, the first thing is to find your ideal machine. There are countless microdermabrasion machines on the market, and it’s important that you take the time to shop around and read reviews. You are investing in the quality of your treatment, and that means you need to opt for the very best you can afford. You really do get what you pay for, and remember that product descriptions aren’t always indicative of the real quality of any product. For this reason, take heed of reviews and weigh it up against the product description and features.
There are two main types of at home microdermabrasion machine on the market:
- Crystal microdermabrasion
- Diamond microdermabrasion
Both types of machine give you the same outcome, e.g. exfoliation and then a vacuum to discard of the debris and dead skin cells which the first phase has unearthed. The difference is the way in which the machine exfoliates, and what it uses to do so.
Crystal microdermabrasion uses a pump, and this sprays crystals onto your skin in a high pressure manner, which exfoliate the top layer of your skin to remove dead cells. These cells are made of various materials, but mainly sodium bicarbonate, aluminium oxide, sodium chloride, or magnesium oxide. This effectively works as an exfoliant to scrub the skin. Eye protection should be worn when using this type of microdermabrasion method.
Diamond microdermabrasion doesn’t use a pump, and instead uses a hand held type of device which you rub over the skin, to exfoliate in this manner instead. This type of exfoliation is considered more accurate and cleaner, because there is no spraying of crystals involved, and you have more control over the procedure as a result. If you are targeting the skin around the eyes or lips, diamond microdermabrasion is also safer, as there aren’t going to be any particles spraying into eyes.
You will generally find that diamond microdermabrasion is the most commonly used method in at home machines.
How to do Microdermabrasion at Home
Now you have your machine, what should you do? Firstly, always read the instructions and go by what they say. Machines are all subtly different and you should adhere to the instructions to ensure that you are using it correctly and safely.
Before you start your treatment, make sure that you cleanse your skin using a gentle cleanser which is free of oil and fragrance. Pat your skin with a towel and make sure that it is completely dry before you start.
Make sure your microdermabrasion machine is fully charged, so as not to run out of power halfway through, and turn it on. Use the device in one hand, and make sure you have a firm grip. Next, pull the area of skin you want to target tight with your other, free hand. Take the device and working upwards, using a circulation motion, move over the skin. Never pass over the same area of skin more than twice. Cover the entire area, e.g. the face and neck.
Your treatment should take around five minutes and no more, however if you are targeting a large area, e.g. stretchmarks on your legs, the treatment can take up to one hour.
After you have completed your microdermabrasion treatment, be sure to use a toner on your skin to bring your skin’s natural pH balance back to normal. You can then use your regular moisturiser, to hydrate the areas you have worked on, and also to bring down any redness that might have occurred.
It is completely normal to have a little redness or tightness after your treatment, but this should go down quite quickly over the coming hours. Hydration via a good quality moisturiser will help this along and kick start the healing process. Make sure you go for fragrance free products, and also non-comedogenic, as you don’t want to irritate your skin after it has been subject to microdermabrasion. Remember that in the days after your treatment, your skin may also be more sensitive to the sun, so going for a moisturiser which has sun protection within it is ideal, or wearing sunscreen in general. You should also try and avoid make up for 24 hours afterwards if you can, to help your skin recover from the procedure.
Overall, at home microdermabrasion is a quick and easy way to obtain fantastic skincare results. Provided you can purchase a high quality machine, you should achieve results which would otherwise have cost you a higher amount in a salon.