If you are looking at the most effective facial treatment for your skin, then you need to consider the benefits that can be enjoyed from microdermabrasion treatments. Exfoliation is a great way to combat signs of aging, acne, and other types of skin deterioration.
Why is Face Microdermabrasion Important?
The face is an area on the body that is prone to problems such as excess oil production, sun exposure, and other buildups that can lead to acne and premature aging. The exfoliation process of microdermabrasion uses micro-crystals to remove the outer layer of the skin.
This process is similar to sanding a piece of wood. If the outer layer is damaged or uneven, then a sanding tool can be used to get rid of the splinters and blemishes on the outer layer of the wood.
In the same way, the micro-scrubbing feature of a microdermabrasion machine works to remove the excess skin cells that are on the top layer of your skin, in order to uncover the healthier skin cells below.
By using microdermabrasion facials on a regular basis, you can literally turn back time and help your skin look younger and healthier. Many people love the fact that they can reduce the signs of aging, including wrinkles, age spots, pigmentation, and acne scars.
How to Prepare for Facial Microdermabrasion
If you are planning to use a microdermabrasion treatment on your face, then there are a few steps that you need to do so that your skin is prepared for the treatment. For example, it is important to avoid sun exposure for 3 days before the treatment, because the sun exposure might cause additional sensitivity and the skin might be more prone to damage.
So, if you need to spend time outside, make sure to stand in the shade and use a wide-brimmed hat to keep your face completely shaded from the sun’s rays.
Additionally, you should stop using certain skin care products, such as retin A or retinol. These products might increase the sensitivity of your skin, and should be discontinued for a few days before using a microdermabrasion machine.
You may resume using the products after the treatment. In fact, many skin care products are more effective after a microdermabrasion treatment because the skin is more permeable and the products can reach the lower layers of skin more effectively.
Steps to Do a Facial Microdermabrasion at Home
If you have a microdermabrasion machine, then you can do a facial at home. The advantage to having an at-home microdermabrasion machine is the fact that you don’t have to pay for an expensive appointment every time you want a facial. Instead, you pay for the machine, and then you can use this skin treatment as often as you would like
The first step is to cleanse the skin with a gentle, oil-free cleanser. This step helps to remove makeup and any other dirt that might be present on the surface of the skin.
It is difficult to remove all of the dirt and makeup with a cleanser, which is why the microdermabrasion facial is so beneficial to remove any remaining build-up.
Pat the skin dry with a towel, and then wait a few minutes so that the skin is completely dry before using the microdermabrasion machine. If the skin is still damp, then the microdermabrasion head will have a hard time gliding over the surface of the skin in a smooth manner.
Hold the microdermabrasion machine in one hand, and use the other hand to pull the skin so that it is tight. Gently press the microderm machine against the skin, and move in an upward motion. It is always important to use upward movements when you are doing microdermabrasion on the face. Also, never use more than two passes in the same area, because additional passes might cause your skin to become irritated and damaged.
After you are done with microdermabrasion on the face, you should follow up with a toner to balance the pH levels of the skin. It is also beneficial to use a moisturizer to help the skin recover and hold in moisture.
Frequency of Facial Microdermabrasion
Keep in mind that the skin on your face is very sensitive, and one common mistake is to use the microdermabrasion machine too frequently. Most at-home microdermabrasion machines come with different discs so that you can choose the level of abrasion.
It is always best to start with the sensitive-level, so that you can test your skin and see how it responds before increasing the intensity.
After using the sensitive abrasion, you might be able to move up to medium or maximum level abrasion discs in order to increase the benefits that you are receiving from the treatment. Keep in mind that your skin still benefits from the lowest level though, and there is no need to increase the abrasion levels too quickly.
Never use microdermabrasion several days in a row, because you need to let your facial skin heal before using the machine again. So, it is best to wait for 6 or 7 days before doing another facial microdermabrasion.