When I turned 50 I treated myself to a series of facials over a few months. One was a microdermabrasion facial.
If you haven’t heard of microdermabrasion facials, they’re advertised as ‘non-invasive resurfacing of the skin that exfoliates, reduces congestion and improves texture to leave your skin looking more supple and refreshed.’
Compared to the previous facials, which admittedly didn’t have all the benefits of a microdermabrasion facial, it was a little uncomfortable and not quite the ‘lie back and relax time’ I was expecting.
Microdermabrasion uses fine crystals that are blown onto the skin under pressure and immediately suctioned off. They minutely scratch the surface of the skin removing the layer of dead cells that causes dullness.
In you want to know why we get duller, less radiant skin as we age, it’s because cellular turnover decreases which means the top layer of dead cells is shed less frequently.
So, back to my story. My skin felt great after the facial but that was the last one in my facial series. I can’t remember if it was because of how it felt or because I was busy and having a regular facial was a luxury that I didn’t have time for.
Fast forward a few years and I found an alternative that gave similar results to the microdermabrasion facial without the discomfort, in a fraction of the time (less than five minutes), and I could do it at home.Read More