should you get microdermabrasion?
About a week ago, I got my first microdermabrasion treatment. I previously mentioned in my post about anti-aging that I had been considering microderm for awhile. I'm nearly 32 (argh), so I just want to proactive with my approach to skincare, but not do anything too crazy. So I decided to try microderm at a local medical spa. If you're considering getting it as well, here are some things I learned from my aesthetician (which is the most impossible word to spell EVER) to help you figure out - should you get microdermabrasion?
It doesn't hurt. I was worried it would be super abrasive, but it wasn't intense at all. As a commenter on my facebook page wrote, it kinda feels like a scratchy cat tongue haha. It's a deeper exfoliation than you'd get with a scrub, but it's not painful.
Your face won't look like a red scabby mess. We all remember the episode of Sex and the City where Samantha gets a chemical peel? Uh yeah you won't look like that. Your skin might be a little pink if you have more sensitive skin, but I looked totally normal after.
You can't use Retin-A for a few days before and after. If you're a user of Retin-A you'll have to take a little break before and after a microderm. Just check with your aesthetician beforehand.
You need to take extra care in the sun after. You should already be using sunscreen (important!), but you extra really need to use it after a microderm. Your skin is extra sensitive, so you gotsta avoid the sun or use sunscreen. Good to know so that you don't get one done right before a beach vaca.
Look for a deal. The spa that I went to was running a special on Groupon when I went to see them, so my first treatment was half off. You all know how I love a good deal.
You might need a series of treatments. My aesthetician told me that most people do a series of 3-5 treatments, once a month. Then you take a break for a few months and go back to it. Apparently you see the best results with multiple treatments.
So, is it worth it?
I enjoyed my treatment - it was a nice little spa time for me. The treatment consisted of the microderm and then she used a facial mask and gave me a shoulder and neck massage, so it was nice and relaxing. That being said, I didn't see much difference in my skin. I don't really have wrinkles or lines yet, so there was no change there. My skin is also pretty clear in general, but it did feel really smooth after the microderm. The aesthetician also told me that I have thin skin, so didn't seem to think that I needed regular treatments. So, for me, I don't think I'll be doing any more treatments right away. I might do one a few weeks before the wedding, but other than that, I'm just going to keep up with my current skincare regime. If you are having issues with fine lines, a blotchy complexion, acne scars or some other skin issues, this might be a great option for you! It's painless and a good way to pamper yourself a bit.
If you have questions about it, let me know. Or if you've have it done too, let me know your thoughts - good/bad? Also, any weekend plans? I have a date night with my ladies, a date night with me dude and some home projects to do. Oh and I need to continue with my binge watching of Revenge and Game of Thrones. Good shiz. Happy weekend everyone!