As many of you are aware, there has been an amazing giveaway going on right here at The Beauty Brat giving you the chance to win your very own home microdermabrasion system that will save you time, money, and great looking skin. I was lucky enough to be able to review this product and I wanted to share my thoughts and opinions on it.
Before I was introduced to my own Personal Microderm System, I used the Philosophy Microdelivery Peel (US $65) which had the same purpose, just used crystals instead. I love that product don’t get me wrong, but if that product is a tall Starbucks iced latte, then the system I’m going to tell you about is a Quad Venti Iced Sugar Free Vanilla Latte. No seriously! Just read and you’ll see!
Purpose: To achieve healthier, younger looking skin by removing old skin cells. This product resurfaces your skin and over time will diminish age spots or other skin imperfections with frequent use.
Equipment: I noticed right away that there wasn’t a lot to the actual device. If you know anything about power tools then you will probably be reminded of a dremmel or a hand held power sander. The device requires electricity, so you must plug it in. It comes equipped with two large surface “sanders” and three small ones. The green ones are “moderate” with their grit and the blue ones are for sensitive skin. There isn’t as much of the aluminum oxide coating on the sensitive one. It also has two locking lids, one for the small attachments and one for the larger one.
How it Works: The thought process behind this is a rather simplistic one. Sometimes it’s the most simplistic of solutions that are the best ones. I am amazed at how many tools doctors use these days that look like they came straight out of our own tool box! This one included. To have this flawless skin all you have to do is decide which part of the face you are going to work on first. I worked on the cheek area first. I began by making a V with my fingers and pulling my skin tight. That way the machine can create the suction it needs to work on the dermis. Once the skin is tight, the suction should form when the top comes into contact with your skin. Once that happens, (you will feel it), you just have to move the device like you are sanding a piece of wood or how men shave (speaking of men, this could definitely work for either sex!)
Ouch Factor: I won’t lie to you. There is some discomfort. Is there discomfort for most procedures? Especially those done by a dermatologist? YES! I had light laser treatments to remove acne and acne scarring when I first moved to MD, and it was not pain free. The pain came from the roller of ice they used to numb my face, before using the laser, but it still felt painful. Now I don’t think I have a high tolerance for pain (except during childbirth, tattoo’s, and piercings) – I’m a total baby when I get a paper cut or stub my toe. On a scale of 1 (no pain) to 10 (mother %^&* that hurt!) I would give this treatment a 3. It’s not that uncomfortable, but you can feel the grit moving across your face. You will also experience some reddening after you complete the home microdermabrasion system and because of that, it’s not recommended you use any type of acidic skincare regiment for a day or two.
Worth It? DEFINITELY! I find this product very valuable. If you are someone that goes to the dermatologist or the spa frequently – you can give your checkbook a rest and get this product instead. It is an investment for certain (retail US $179) to receive the starter kit. Each disc gets about 7 treatments out of it before the aluminum oxide wears away, and once they do you can receive a replacement kit for only $14.99. The frequency of use depends on your skin type. I use it every other week for now. Each time, my skin feels baby smooth and soft and I notice with each treatment, I feel more confident with it’s use and my manipulation of the tool.
- I recorded a demo of me doing this and once it’s edited I will attach it to this blog.
While writing this, I was listening to “That’s How Strong My Love Is” by Alicia Keys