DIY Microdermabrasion - Bringing Beautiful Skin to the Surface

Jan 17 11:09 2009 Carol Belanger Print This Article

Microdermabrasion can even out skin tone and diminish the look of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. In essence microdermabrasion is a form of advanced exfoliation, or skin resurfacing.

Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure in which the outermost surface of the skin is partially removed by light abrasion. This form type of cosmetic procedure is to remove or lessen the appearance of scars and dark spots on the skin,Guest Posting smooth away leathery sun-damaged skin, and stimulate the production of new and healthy skin cells. Additionally, microdermabrasion can even out skin tone and diminish the look of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. In essence microdermabrasion is a form of advanced exfoliation, or skin resurfacing, in which the surface layer of the skin is removed and new skin cells are brought to the surface.

There are various methods of microdermabrasion: they are crystal microdermabrasion, diamond microdermabrasion, and at-home microdermabrasion.

Crystal microdemabrasion is much like sand blasting the skin. It involves spraying the skin with the crystals. This method can be somewhat uncomfortable around the nose and mouth due to their sensitivity. After the spaying of the crystals, the technician or dermatologist will vacuum away any remaining crystals.

Diamond microdermabrasion uses an exfoliation tool. During the treatment the technician or dermatologist will rub the diamond tool against the skin to slough off the top layer of dead skin cells. The diamond machine will then vacuum the surface. This type of microdermabrasion stimulates collagen and elasticity which promotes stronger skin and it stimulates blood flow to give a healthy glow to your complexion.

At-Home microdermabrasion kits are widely available and range in price and effectivness. What once was a spa procedure can now be done in the comfort of your home. Spa treatments would range from $75 to $200 per treatment. Most at home kits use the same crystals as used in the spa. Depending on the kit; the crystals are applied to the skin with your hands or a cloth, or applied with a massager. At home kits are available as a full body treatment or kits just for the face. Naturally the facial microdermabrasion kit will offer a much gentler exfoliation. Home systems contain active ingredients that are focused on skin renewal, and to acceleate the rebuilding of collagen skin cells.

The benefits of microdermabrasion are many. This non -invasive treatment will gently remove the epidermis - the outmost layer of the skin, and bring new skin cells to the surface leaving a more even toned complexion. Additionally, microdermabrasion will stimulate blood flow, and reduce the signs of aging, eliminate white and blackheads, reduce the appearance of large pores and provide visibly brighter skin.

Microdermabrasion however may not be for everyone. If you suffer from Roseacea, open sores, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, and/or other skin conditions. Additionally, for those that suffer from diabetes, skin cancers, broken capillaries or are using blood thinners should not use a microdermabrasion skin treatment. Do not use if you suffer from Vitaligo, Lupus or hypopigmentation and if you are using Acutance, Retinol, Retin-A, Glycolic or Salicylic Acid or other topical or prescription medicines. Note that the above warning list is not inclusive of those that should not use a microdermabrasion skin treatment. As with any new skin care product always do a patch test first.

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Carol Belanger
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