Microdermabrasion isn’t just reserved for later in life—it can help in your 20s, too.
I used to think microdermabrasion was best left to individuals looking for serious anti-aging results. The professional-grade treatment is known for helping to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, giving a youthful glow by stimulating collagen growth, and minimizing pore size. But recently I found that the procedure is actually great for 20-somethings like myself who have sensitive or acne-prone skin. Click through to find out why!
The microdermabrasion machine from my most recent trip to the aesthetician.
In addition to the benefits mentioned above, microdermabrasion evens out skin tone and texture, which can correct the hyper-pigmentation that results from age spots. It can also reduce discoloration from breakouts and help minimize the appearance of light scars. I’ve found that whenever my skin is being finicky or blemish-prone, regular microdermabrasion sessions (and facials) help to calm down and re-balance it, and also smooth away signs of past flare ups.
There are a few variations of the treatment now, but the original 1980s microdermabrasion (which is the type that I still get today) uses a small wand that sprays and vacuums up small aluminum oxide crystals. The wand is run over your face like a pen, and as it moves, the crystals gently exfoliate your skin. Almost immediately, the dead cells and crystals are then sucked back up into the wand and disposed of in a separate bag. The intensity of the peel can be adjusted, so it’s very personalized to suit your needs.
You come out of the treatment feeling like you’ve had an extra-intense scrub. My face is always much softer and vibrant after the treatment, but for the first couple of days, skin can feel a little raw and sensitive. That being said, there are a couple big things to keep in mind before you go:
1. Microdermabrasion can be expensive, running from $100-$150 per session in some cases.
2. The procedure should be done by an aesthetician that you trust, since it can really irritate your skin if it’s not done properly. Research spas or medical locations that offer the treatment, and speak with technicians until you’re comfortable.
Are you a microdermabrasion lover like I am? Do you get regular treatments to help your skin?
For more tips on taking care of your skin, check out these skincare articles in the Birchbox magazine.