Monday, October 31, 2011
What's this "Microdermabrasion?"
Happy November, Friends! Recently, I posted about fall being the best time of the year to have a microdermabrasion, or even better, a microdermabrasion series. This generated questions about that. What exactly is a Microdermabrasion? Why should I have one? Why is there a better time to have one than another time? So here's a primer on the subject.
What exactly is a Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a technique for removing the top most layer of the skin (epidermis), revealing a supple, vibrant, fresh new complexion. I use a diamond-tipped wand, which gently exfoliates the skin, while also vacuuming the dead skin cells away in a controlled and sterile manner. Removing this outer layer of dead skin cells leaves behind a smoother texture, while promoting the growth of healthy new skin cells. There are no loose abrasive materials blasted onto your skin, as in the older manner of microdermabrasion.
Microdermabrasion is a great alternative to laser or chemical peels because it is non-invasive, non-surgical, and does not require any downtime post treatment. You can put on makeup right away and return to work or other normal activities. The Fall season is the very best time to have these treatments because of the cooler weather and typically you are not as directly exposed to the harsh sunlight. Clients will experience softer, smoother and brighter skin immediately after the very first treatment. Your skin will have a beautiful radiant glow and feel so smooth to the touch!
What can I expect during my Microdermabrasion Appointment?
Your comfort is most important. You'll change into a clean wrap (keeping on your underpants) and lie down in a warm, contoured, professional treatment bed under clean sheets and warm blanket. Your skin will be cleansed with a product formulated for your skin type. An appropriate enzyme mask is brushed on, followed by warm, steamed towels. This warm steam will soften your skin, allowing deeper penetration of the mask, allowing better exfoliation.
The mask will be gently toweled off, then a light brush will be used. This brushing will provide a deep, thorough cleansing of the skin, removing dirt and oils.
Next, an up close and personal skin analysis will be performed with the use of a professional magnifying lamp. You skin changes by time/age, weather, diet and stress levels. An analysis is ALWAYS an important part of any visit to an aesthetician.
Now it's time for the actual microdermabrasion. No, it doesn't hurt. Some people describe the sensation as "like a cat's tongue." The wand is passed over your skin several times in a basket weave manner, lightly abrading the surface of your skin, then gently vacuuming away the dead skin.
After this deep cleansing, exfoliating and polishing treatment you will receive a delightful, relaxing face, neck, shoulder massage. The benefits of this massage are numerous. It relaxes, eliminating tension. It helps to improve the texture of your skin by increasing blood flow and oxygen. It slightly raises the temperature of your skin and stimulates the circulatory and nervous system both of which positively affect your skin.
After this relaxing massage a cooling facial masque is applied. The cool gel masque provides anti-inflammatory, soothing and moisturizing benefits. While this masque is on, you'll receive additional acupressure massage of feet and lower legs.
Your cool, gel masque will allow even more massage with the use of either a cold appliance or the NuFace microcurrent device, and then removed with warm towels.
Finally, your skin will be treated with a proper serum for your skin type to provide specific treatment or moisture, additional moisturizing cream and UV protection.
Before you leave the bed, you'll receive a terrific scalp massage.
OK, so have you booked your appointment yet?
Since your skin turns over every 28 days - that means you are constantly sloughing off dead skin - that dead layer doesn't allow the healthy glow that we all desire. At your very first microdermabrasion appointment you'll see improvement. A series of treatments, however, provides the best results. The BEST Prescription is a series of 6 weekly microdermabrasion treatments.. m.d. Skin sells packages of 6 or 3 for budgeting purposes.
Click "BookNow" to schedule your appointment at http://www.themdskin.com. You'll be delighted with the results!
m.d. Skin llc
561 Meeting Street
West Columbia, SC 29169
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