While it has been around for several years, many do not yet know all of the benefits to microdermabrasion treatments.
As skincare becomes more and more popular, we as consumers are becoming more curious on how to improve the overall appearance of our skin.
I went to school for esthetics in 2019 because I had a deep passion for makeup artistry and could not legally practice without a license. I had every intention of obtaining that license and being on my way.
What I wasn’t prepared for was how in love with skincare I would become. Skincare is truly the basis of all good makeup applications and without a strong knowledge of how the skin reacts, you simply cannot master makeup artistry.
I am a bit of a science nerd so while the school provided simple explanations and demonstrations on skin treatments, it just wasn’t good enough for me.
I spent so much time diving into the science behind each treatment. I wanted to understand the why behind the procedures and how they worked.
My research led me to simply fall in love with microdermabrasion.
So let’s talk about what microdermabrasion is, the benefits it has on your skin, and why it can be such an amazing treatment.
What Is Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is a method of mechanical exfoliation that uses vacuum suction and a diamond or crystal applicator to remove the top layer of skin cells.
With this top layer removed, your skincare products such as serums and moisturizers are able to penetrate into the skin and perform more effectively.
Why Does Microdermabrasion Work
Microdermabrasion is a two-fold treatment. The vacuum and applicator work side by side to gently resurface the skin so it is very important that the procedure include the vacuum.
I point this out because some microdermabrasion machines have the applicator and vacuum as one piece and some have them as separate instruments.
It is a good idea to confirm the vacuum is offered before making an appointment with your Esthetician so you get the full benefits of the treatment.
The vacuum is really a whole treatment on its own and offers several benefits by itself.
Here is where we get a little into the science.
Before we get started, facial vacuuming is not for everyone. If you have rosacea, dilated capillaries, open lesions, or the area is inflamed, I would not use the vacuum.
This is why it is really important to have these procedures done by a professional so they can properly analyze your skin and make sure you are a good candidate.
Benefits Of The Vacuum Are:
Stimulates Cell Metabolism
So what does that mean? Well cell metabolism can get deep, but to keep it simple, it is basically a set of chemical reactions that occur within the skin.
It’s a dual process where molecules are broken down into energy components and used to in the formation of enzymes, nucleic acids, amino acids, and much much more.
We often think of metabolism in terms of weight maintenance in the body, but our skin also has a metabolism that slows as we age.
To give you an idea, here is a quick chart of the average cell turnover, or also known as the cell renewal factor, for different age groups:
Babies: 14 days
Teenagers: 21-28 days
Adults: 28-42 days
50 and over: 42-84 days
Boosting cell metabolism in the skin helps regulate cell turnover, collagen production, and help repair damage done to the skin over time.
Increases Blood Flow
Increasing blood flow in the face helps improve the overall appearance of the skin.
Poor circulation can actually show in a variety of ways such as leaving our skin dull and increasing our chances of premature wrinkles and early signs of aging.
When the vacuum glides over the treated area, it helps to distribute the oxygen and nutrients in the skin more evenly across the face.
This process leads to a more youthful glow and younger looking skin.
Removes Impurities From The Skin
Because of it’s suction abilities, facial vacuuming is great for removing dirt and impurities from the skin.
Vacuuming is sometimes used before extractions in facials to help prepare the skin.
So now that we’ve covered the benefits of facial vacuuming, let’s get into microdermabrasion itself and the use of its applicator.
Benefits Of Microdermabrasion
1) Reduces The Appearance of Sun Damage
2) Helps Even Pigmentation
3) Reduces the Appearance of Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Let’s pause here for a second. Going back to cell metabolism and how all of those reactions work, it’s these series of reactions that are helping all of the above take place.
Boosting cell metabolism is increasing cellular turnover in the skin meaning your skin is turning over new cells at a faster rate.
This refresh rate is pushing dull, damaged skin up, which we are then removing during the microdermabrasion treatment, and replacing with fresh skin cells, leaving your skin looking younger and rejuvenated.
4) Decreases the Appearance of Enlarged Pores
5) Improves Textured Skin
Now, the pores we have are what we were born with. If you have large pores, no procedure will magically replace those with pores that are invisible.
We can, however, improve the appearance of our pores and I will personally attest to this.
Textured skin can be categorized by a number of things. If you have dry, flaky skin you may see your skin as being extremely textured.
On the other hand, if your skin is really oily and you struggle with large pores, you may see more texture as your oils come up throughout the day.
I talk more about determining your skin type here.
If you have enlarged pores and are not exfoliating regularly, dead skin cells are sitting around your pores and emphasizing the appearance.
Microdermabrasion is removing all of these unnecessary and irritating skin cells so the only thing left is fresh, healthy looking skin.
Just a reminder that while I absolutely love microdermabrasion, not everyone will be a good candidate.
I know there are a lot of “do it yourself” devices on the market these days, but I strongly encourage you to make sure your skin is a good fit for the treatment before you try anything at home.
If microdermabrasion is done incorrectly, you can actually do more harm than good, causing hyperpigmentation and furthering damage you were trying to improve.
I hope this guide on the benefits of microdermabrasion was helpful to you guys and you learned something new! If you’ve had microdermabrasion in the past, let us know how your experience went down below!
Thanks for reading guys!