Microdermabrasion pros & cons

Microdermabrasion (Micro) is a treatment that has been around since the 1950s, used by skin therapists to exfoliate the top layer of the skin, leaving it feeling smooth and soft. Microdermabrasion shows an immediate response on the surface of the skin, which is why some people love it and sing its virtues! There are two types of micro, diamond and crystals. Stay away from crystals as the small particles aren’t good to inhale into the lungs!

Our skin is constantly shedding dead cells to clear toxins and make room for new skin cells. Your skin turns over completely every 28 days, but this slows as we age. Having a bit of help to remove those built-up cells aids the function and appearance of your skin, but some cells can stay on the surface causing a dull or rough appearance. Microdermabrasion is a manual form of exfoliation that works simply by removing these cells. Microdermabrasion is quick, with no downtime or pain, and has the added benefit of lymphatic drainage due to the 'vacuum suctioning ' of the machine.

How does microdermabrasion compare to a peel? They both exfoliate, but that is about the only similarity. A peel exfoliates but also works on a deeper level to stimulate hydration and improve cell function. It also helps to infuse products you use deeper into the skin, enhancing your results. Peels come in a variety of types and strengths that can be tailored to most skin types and concerns, compared to microdermabrasion that is only suitable for a thickened or coarse skin and treats only the surface. On a fragile, fine skin it can be too aggressive, causing redness and making the skin more sensitive. It also is a treatment which you wouldn’t want to have too often. As it is manually removing the top layer of skin, it ideally coincides with the skin’s natural renewal (around every 28 days), so we would suggest once a month at most. For those who regularly have microdermabrasion, post your treatment is the perfect time to have a treatment that gives back to your skin after you have removed the skin's surface layer. For example, Omnilux Light Therapy or a Vitamin Infusion of vitamins and antioxidants 

You won’t find a course of microdermabrasion on our menu, simply because it’s not the best thing for almost all skins! We believe microdermabrasion is amazing for thickened and coarse skin, and it can help improve the appearance of dull or rough skin quickly, but more effective choices have superseded it. It's important for us as industry leaders and Auckland's leading skin experts to use our knowledge and training to offer treatments that suit client skin types. Our reputation relies on us providing more than just passing trends but instead offering effective treatments for clients to reach their skin goals.