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Microdermabrasion – no skin off my nose! Find out what it is like and all about my first experience of it!

Microdermabrasion - before and after

A few months ago my sister had microdermabrasion and her skin looked amazing after just one session, I was amazed and I saw her skin improve with every session that she had! She looked like she was wearing foundation when she wasn’t…that is what spurred my interest in having this done

A friend of mine gets it done regularly and through her I was introduced to Kirsty (fully trained and qualified!) and she did the treatment for the first time on Monday night, at her home…

Before we find out what it was like for me, lets talk about what microdermabrasion is exactly and how you can benefit from it….

What is Microdermabrasion (also known as Microderm)?

Microdermabrasion Machine
Microdermabrasion - the Wand being used

It has been around since the 1980s and it is a form of powerful, mechanical exfoliation, using a special machine which contains aluminium oxide crystals (some newer machines have diamond heads). The machine is used all over your face, and it basically removes the uppermost layer of dead skin cells.  It feels like a hoover is being used on your skin, but rather than just hoover (or vacuum) your face, it gives it a scrub too!

The machine has different intensities which you can adjust. The lowest is 2 and it goes up to 4 (on the machine Kirsty used anyway)

What are the effects of Mircodermabrasion?

Its one of the quickest and most effective ways of rejuvenating the skin, diminishing the appearance of scars, smoothing the skin, reducing the appearance of pores, reduces hyper pigmentation and can even soften fine lines and wrinkles!

Your skin will look super clean, refreshed and positively glowing!

My first session!

I lay down on Kirsty’s (super comfortable) bed and then Kirsty removed all my make up except for my eye make up (obviously she was not going to use the machine on my eyes!). She then got the machine ready by putting some of these special crystals in it. She turned it on and then the magic was about to begin….the machine is quite loud by the way!

The head of the machine is like a fat marker pen, and there is a nozzle in this head that the crystals and air come out of, this is what is used across your face.

She began using the machine on my forehead and worked her way around, going over some areas. The sensation was strange, it is not painful in anyway and its just weird. It kind of feels like a hoover, but not really – since it has a exfoliating feeling too.

Once Kirsty had done her work with the machine, she applied a lovely mask to my skin and this was left for about 10-15 minutes. She then cleansed my face and applied a moisturising lotion.

The Results!

Immediate:

When the session was done, before I looked in the mirror I thought my face was going to look a little red, but this was not the case at all! My skin looked – well – fantastic!

I immediately noticed that my pores looked smaller, because they were so clean, my skin looked fresher and brighter and the few blackheads that I had were removed. I think my skin was about 30-40% brighter than before the treatment and it had a “glow”.

I looked as if I had foundation on, but of course I didn’t! I never expected the results to be so good! I am super happy about the results – its amazing!

Prolonged:

As well as immediately noticing the difference in my skin, my skin has stayed radiant and fresh looking since I have had it done. My skin is much softer and when I apply serums and lotions I fele like they sink right in and hopefully are working harder.

I feel like my skin is less oily also, I don’t know if this is a direct result from the session, I hope it is, I will have to see what its like after my next session!

In the mornings when getting ready I feel like I now need only half the foundation, than before I had the microderm. My skin looks better and so as a result I don’t need as much coverage. I was using 3-4 pumps of my Dior foundation, but since the mircoderm I have only used 1-2 pumps!!

One of the effects my sister had after her microderm is that she doesn’t get nearly as much acne and her skin had remained really smooth. I would love it if this happened to me – I will keep an eye on it and update regarding this.

I have found some pics online of before and after pics of people that have had microdermabrasion, these pics are not of me – and they probably show you the results after multiple sessions, but I wanted to give you  an idea of how good the results can be!

Microdermabrasion - before and after
Microdermabrasion - before and after

 

Microdermabrasion - before and after
Microdermabrasion - before and after

Points to Note:

You can have sessions about 10 days apart or less often. My sister had her sessions about one month apart and I had booked my next session to be in about 1 months time. I will adjust the frequency of my sessions over time and based on what Kirsty recommends. It is not advisable to have it done more than every 10 days though.

Due to the fact that you are removing the top layer of the skin, you have to be more careful than normal if you have had mircoderm done. Ideally keep out of the sun or wear a high factor if you are going out in the sun.

Also, do not exfoliate your skin for at least a week once you have had this procedure done. As the machine is quite powerful, you shouldn’t need to exfoliate your skin anyway, but if you do decide to – this may damage the next layer of your skin which can cause irritation and also possibly break outs.

The intensity of the machine can be adjusted, so if you have sensitive skin, it can be on the lower setting, and I don’t think you will have any problems.  Kirsty used the machine on me on its lowest level and turned it up a little. She thinks that next time she will use the slightly higher level through out the session and see how I get on

Overall thoughts

I am really happy with my results so far and I have already booked in to have it again! I am going on the 21st November for my next session. My session with Kirsty cost me £30 and I think that is great price, as most salons charge between £50 -80 for one session. I would think twice about having it in a salon due to the price, but £30 is spot on and Kirsty does such a professional job.

Anyone interesting in having mircoderm, and can get to Angel, Islington in London should definitely get in touch with Kirsty and book an appointment with her. Please mention the review on here or say that you were referred by Grace.

This is Kirsty’s email address if you want to get in touch with her: kirsty_lenney@hotmail.co.uk

If anyone has had this done or is thinking of having this done, I want to hear from you!

 

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Grace

  • Thanks Grace, wait until you have had your 3rd session…it will be like the best thing that has ever happened to you! I had MD about a year ago for the first time and I just couldn’t believe what a difference it made to my skin. I had 6 in total to start as part of a course. I was always a bit sceptical about anything like this, but this is something that I can swear by and would recommend it to anyone. I haven’t had any sessions for 4 months now, and my skin still looks great. I especially recommend it to anyone that is prone to spots. I have no idea how it actually works but I went from having at least 2 spots a week to maybe 1 a month if that..and that is only when its the time of you know what, otherwise I am fine. Its amazing!!!!!!

    Becs

    October 27, 2011

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