So, What Exactly Is Microdermabrasion?

When it comes to beauty headlines, ‘how to achieve flawless skin’ is up there with ‘how to get rid of cellulite’ and ‘three steps to the perfect smoky eye.’ So, why is mother nature so annoyingly ungenerous when handing out glowing, dewy skin?

This is a question we ask ourselves on daily basis (along with who’ll eventually take the Iron Throne at the end of Game Of Thrones, but that’s a whole other story…). Sadly, we don’t have the answer, but what we do have is a solution for rough texture, uneven tone, surface scarring and troublesome pores which are the key culprits for killing your flawless skin game. And this solution comes in the shape of microdermabrasion.

Microdermabrasion is to lackluster skin what Botox is to frown lines – a friend that’ll lift you up where nature has let you down. So, if you’re looking for a face-changing procedure you can squeeze into your lunch hour, microdermabrasion is your kind of guy.

While microdermabrasion can’t compete with face lifts, chemical peels and laser skin resurfacing, it’s far less expensive, less time-consuming and much gentler on your skin. Used to treat all manner of conditions such as dull skin, sun damage, fine lines, hyperpigmentation, minor acne scars and dryness, microdermabrasion is a quick, relatively painless treatment, best administered on a two or three monthly basis. This is great news for HintMD beauty members because if you add it to your treatment plan this allows you to split the costs into easy monthly payments. $50 per month, rather than $150 in one big hit? We know which we’d prefer…

How microdermabrasion works is by combining microcrystals with a vacuum suction to exfoliate dead skin cells (the stratum corneum). This feels slightly warm and tingly, but isn’t painful – believe us, we’ve tried it a hundred times. It also simultaneously stimulates (try saying that after a few glasses of wine) the production of collagen and elastin deeper down below the surface to promote stronger, more youthful-looking skin over time.

By eliminating dead skin cells, microdermabrasion has the added advantage of making your skincare products work more effectively and offering your foundation a far smoother base to adhere to. The results? Great looking skin – period.

Microdermabrasion: file under ‘radiant skin squad goals.’

5 Quick Facts To Know About Microdermabrasion:

1. The average treatment time is an hour.

2. Waxing or applying self-tanner should be avoided two weeks prior to your treatment and if you’re considering other skin procedures like fillers or a chemical peel, these need to be done at least three weeks before microdermabrasion.

3. Slight redness post-procedure is normal but if you don’t want your colleagues to know what you’ve been up to during your lunch break, you can always blame this on a particularly strenuous workout at the gym. Failing that, a good foundation should cover up any redness.

4. Your skin is likely to be sun-sensitive and drier than normal for a few hours after your treatment, so look after it diligently with a broad-spectrum sunscreen and plenty of moisturizer.

5. Microdermabrasion will not get rid of sagging skin, deep acne scars or deep wrinkles. It can also be too much for sensitive skin or patients with rosacea, so speak to your derm before diving in head first.