What is microdermabrasion?
According to Debbie Thomas, celebrity facialist and founder of the D.Thomas Clinic: ‘Micro means small or light and dermabrasion means mechanical or physical exfoliation, so this is a light, physical exfoliation,’ Debbie explains. ‘A professional exfoliation will always be deeper than at home exfoliations but for us, microdermabrasion is considered light because we only remove the uppermost dead skin layers. A medium exfoliation removes more layers, so is closer to the junction between the dermis and epidermis’
By removing the top layer of skin, the body quickly replaces the lost skin cells with new, healthy ones. This non-invasive procedure stimulates blood flow, which can improve cell production, in turn improving skin’s elasticity and texture.
Microdermabrasion can be used on the face, neck, chest, back and hands. It can improve the appearance of sun damage, wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, acne scarring, melasma, and other skinrelated concerns and conditions:
- fine lines and wrinkles
- hyperpigmentation, age spots and brown spots
- enlarged pores and blackheads
- acne and acne scars
- stretch marks
- dull-looking skin complexion
- uneven skin tone and texture
- sun damage
‘If performed correctly and not overdone, not only will you get smoother skin, but you can fade pigmentation, reduce congestion and stimulate collagen production,’ Debbie tells us.
‘Most skin types can tolerate and benefit from microdermabrasion, but you do need to go to someone very experienced if you have sensitive or very problematic skin. For example, mild acne, mild acne scars and general congestion can really benefit, but if the acne is more severe, then microdermabrasion could be irritating.
‘It is good to go to someone who has a few treatment options and who can steer you towards the right one. Nearly all types of microdermabrasion device allow the practitioner to change the intensity, so they can do a more gentle treatment for delicate or sensitive skins, and stronger treatments for those who can tolerate more or who need a stronger approach to reach their goals.’
The procedure is not recommended if you have skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, active sunburn, herpes, lupus, open sores, psoriasis, fragile capillaries or, as Debbie mentions, very serious acne.
Is microdermabrasion safe?
‘Yes, it is when in experienced hands,’ Debbie assures us. ‘With any advanced skin treatments there is a risk of some redness, dryness and irritation, all of which should be short-lived. The idea is to stimulate the skin so expect to see skin that’s more “active” immediately afterwards.’
The procedure doesn’t hurt, although you may find it a bit uncomfortable, and you may experience slight tenderness and/or redness straight after your treatment.
How much does it cost?
You can add microdermabrasion additional to any of our facials from as little as £15 per 20 minutes.
We recommend the Thalgo Skin Expert Facial , Thalgo’s microdermabrasion machine uses the latest technology to intensely smooth the micro-contours of your skin for an even-toned, clear and radiant complexion, with instantly visible results. The SKINLIGHT satellites combine blue and red light for “magenta” light therapy, which is anti bacterial, anti-septic, soothing and calming, while Meso-Lift satellites give extra anti-ageing action. Wrinkles, fine lines and imperfections are visibly smoothed away and the skin’s natural regeneration processes are stimulated. Always apply Thalgo Sunscreen SPF50 after a Microdermabrasion treatment as your skin will be more sensitive to sun exposure. This Facial is 40-65 minutes and is £45-£67.
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LUCY ABBERSTEEN, MAY 13, 2020 9:15 AM, Marie-Claire