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Scrubbers, this one’s for you…
Scrub-a-holics like me know that the best (and most satisfying) scrub of all comes from microdermabrasion. There are some great products on the market that include the treatment’s key ingredient, aluminum oxide micro crystals, but none of them truly give you the same results you’d achieve from a professional service. Until now…
Personal Microderm is just that, an at home microdermabrasion system. Looking and acting very much like a Dremel tool, it comes with discs coated with aluminum oxide micro crystals, in different degrees of coarseness, that spin and gently resurface the superficial layers of your skin. The first time I turned it on it was a combination of sheer delight and utter fear; was I really going to sand my own skin? Yes, I’m really going to sand my own skin! Let’s do this.
After watching the instructional DVD, I washed and thoroughly dried my face and got down to business. The device works by vacuuming your skin up to the surface of the disc as it spins. Creating a seal that they say increases blood flow, but also insures better contact between your skin and the disc.
It can be a bit tricky to get the vacuum action going (it helps by pulling your skin taut with your other hand) but once it does, you move the device slowly across the surface of your skin and it holds the suction as it goes, polishing your skin. Cheeks are a cinch, the nose? Not so much. It helps that they give you discs of different sizes to maneuver in smaller spaces (and those with more curves). But I had trouble getting as satisfying a scrub in those areas.
Now is a good time to tell you; the experience itself is hardly spa-like. Maybe some candles and some new age music would help! While it didn’t hurt at all, the vacuum action is not what I’d describe as pleasant. It’s also a bit loud. So while it was in process, I was a bit dubious. That was until I saw the results.
Whether it’s acne or aging that challenges your skin (or like me, both – jealous?) the list of improvements that can be made using the Personal Microderm are impressive:
• It can soften and modify the fine “expression” lines typically seen on the forehead and around the mouth.
• It reduces fine, crêpe lines on the cheeks generally caused by aging and sun damage.
• It smoothes pigment changes or skin discoloration.
I’m happy to report, I saw improvements in all of these areas!
There’s a certain amount of “freshness” that my skin sees after all exfoliation, but my skin was noticeably smoother after just one use. More than I ever had with an at home topical product. And after removing all those dead skin cells, my face was a fresh, clean canvas (albeit a slightly tender one) that seemed to absolutely drink in my products.
The biggest improvement for me can be found in a small brown sun spot on my cheekbone that nothing seems to make a difference on. After one use, the spot was less noticeable. By use four – it has disappeared. Ok, wow.
At $180, the Personal Microderm is an investment. But considering that the purchase price is about that of one facial, and the four including discs will last about four treatments each – I think it’s a wise purchase for anyone chasing spa treatments at home. Don’t expect to feel all white robe fluffy, just expect visible results.
We’ll have one more Review Team member chiming in with their thoughts in the comments. And oh hey, what do you know? Giveaway alert – we’re giving one away starting tomorrow, April 13th….
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