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Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Microdermabrasion


In the world of microdermabrasion, the options and equipment seem to be endless and to many, it can be a costly ongoing treatment. But what is it, how does it work, why use it and which treatment should I use?

Microdermabrasion is a combination of three words: 'micro' (meaning on a microscopic level) 'derm' (meaning skin) and 'abrasion' (meaning rubbing down).

As you can see in the picture on the left, there are many layers of skin. The top layer is actually called the epidermis, with the very top being a layer of dead skin cells.

The layer of dead skin cells is both good and bad, depending on your point of view. The good thing it does is protect the new skin forming underneath from damage, from things like environmental pollution, UV damage and dehydration.

In healthy skin, once the new skin is mature enough, the dead skin cell layer will naturally fall away during daily activities (adding to all the lovely dust in our homes). However, most people don't have fully healthy skin (I know I don't!) and that's when the layer of dead skin cells becomes a problem.

Often due to many varying factors such as diet, sun damage, stress, dehydration or even genetics the dead skin is almost trapped to the surface causing blocked pores, blemishes, oily skin and even wrinkles (there are also a host of other problems with skin such as the skin cells reproducing too quickly, allergies and sensitivities; however there are usually other underlying problems that may cause this, and microdermabrasion would not be the recommended treatment).

Microdermabrasion works by using an abrasive tool or medium to remove the top layer of the skin - the dead skin cells; like special sandpaper just for your skin. The abrasive tool or medium simply rubs off the dead skin.

There are three standard abrasive materials used as the tool or medium for microdermabrasion, these are diamond, quartz and aluminium.  Diamond is the most expensive option for microdermabrasion, and is more frequently used in a tool rather than in a medium. Quartz and Aluminium are most common in the medium based microdermabrasion kits, with aluminium being the cheaper of the two options.

Nutrimetics uses micro-fine quartz crystals in their microdermabrasion medium, which allows you to carefully and effectively polish away tired and dead skin cells, without stripping the skin, to reveal a more radiant complexion. It also contains lavender flower extract to soothe and calm the skin.

The Nutrimetics Microdermabrasion Kit contains two parts: the Resurfacer and the Rehydrator. The resurfacer is the microdermabrasion part, and the rehydrator is a light, soft and silky lotion with micro-encapsulated Sea Buckthorn Oil to rehydrate the skin, combine with SPF (sun protection factor) 25 to help protect against further damaging effects of the sun.

The rehydrator step is important, as resurfacing your skin can increase it's sensitivity to the sun; therefore it is important that you rehydrate after resurfacing, to ensure you having continued sunscreen protection.

Microdermabrasion allows you to effectively resurface the upper layers of the skin, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; smooth imperfections to reveal a more radiant complexion and even the skin tone and refine the skin texture. Its what we all want isn't it? Lovely smooth, creamy and radiant skin.

Just a word of warning, don't use this product more than twice a week as it is so effective that, instead of leaving your skin soft, smooth and radiant, it will be red and raw!

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