Microdermabrasion (Micro) is a treatment that has been around as we know it today since the 1950's and used by skin therapists to exfoliate the top layer of the skin, leaving it feeling smooth and soft. Micro 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. So having a bit of help to remove those built up cells aids your skins function and apperance. 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 by using a single diamond tiped wand to literally scrape away dead skin cells. Micro is quick with no downtime or pain and the added benifit of lymphatic drainage due to the vacum suctioning away the dead skin.
How does micro 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 later applied, deeper into the skin. Peels come in a variety of types and strengths and 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 micro evangelists, post micro is the perfect time to combine it with a treatment to give something back to the skin, like an Omnilux Light Therapy treatment to stimulate hydration and heal, or a Vitamin Infusion of vitamins and antioxidants as the micro has removed the skin’s surface layer, leaving it a little vulnerable for a while.
You won’t find a course of microdermabrasion on our menu, simply because it’s not the best thing for almost all skins! No, we are not complete haters, micro is fabulous for a thickened coarse skin and can help improve the appearance of dull or rough skin, but more effective choices have superseded it. It is important for us as industry leaders and Auckland’s leading skin experts to use our knowledge and training to offer treatments that suit clients skin types and deliver results. Our reputation relies on us providing more than just passing trends but instead offering effective treatments for clients to reach their skin goals.
Just like you, we see the offers every day for cheap, quick microdermabrasion to get you in the door. Just remember there is no such thing a free lunch and the treatments you choose to have on your skin should be suitable for your skin type and be helping you reach your skin goals, not just cheap and easy!