For the past month, literally 4 weeks, I've been using the PMD Personal Microderm and Regeneration System. You may be wondering what in the world I'm talking about, so thus let's go over ALL the details about this.
First, Microdermabrasion is a non invasive (meaning "not requiring the introduction of tools into the body") procedure that uses tiny crystals to exfoliate and remove dead skin cells on the skins top layer. This is typically an "in office" service. So you'll see this offered at spa's or dermatologist offices. This is a buffing and polishing type machine that uses a interchangeable tip on it and also has a suction effect to suction in the loose skin cells along with other benefits. Fine lines, clogged pores, large pores and uneven pigmentation are said to benefit from these treatments as well. Like I said this is typically offered as an in office service, and usually you need about 6-10 treatments (from what I've read that's the average they suggest). The norm from what I've seen of cost per treatment is usually more than $100. Maybe a little less if you can do a package, if they offer that. So that's a lot of money when you think of how many treatments you'd need to have. These tools range from $159 to $204, which includes discs and can include some skin care as well depending which one you get. This tool can be used for men and women. With the results I've seen I'm super impressed. I've also never been this proud of my skin's condition. I'm so pleased with how it looks and I will continue to use this for quite a while or as long as my skin needs it. It's helps me with my pictures for my makeup as well. I always had a lot of texture that showed in pictures and now I don't have hardly any. It's really worked wonders for me personally and it's something I can do myself and not have to go to an office or spa for. Which saves money.
This is an at home, professional results, powerful tool. I'm going to leave a direct statement from the company about the device.
"The Personal Microderm combines the power of Patented Spinning Disc Technology with a Perfectly Calibrated Vacuum Suction to brighten, smooth, and even skin tone and texture. The Personal Microderm reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, blemishes, and enlarged pores. After a treatment, makeup goes on smoother and skin care penetrates significantly deeper – 20X deeper."
This is the Microderm Classic it comes with a white disc initially so you can see what it feels like and train with, but you could use it on the skin as well if you had ultra sensitive skin. It also comes with 6 other discs. Two of each color, each color representing how abrasive it is or what skin type it's for. So the grey disc is for very sensitive skin, blue is for sensitive skin, and the green is for normal skin. The farther away from sensitive skin you get the more abrasive the tip becomes. There are small discs and large discs. The small ones you use on your face, the larger ones can be used on your body (said to be very good for stretch marks). It also comes with two classic suction caps. One with a smaller opening for the facial discs and then one with a larger opening for the body discs. The caps provide the suction, which is like a vacuum suction pretty much. The suction not only sucks in the dead skin cells you loosened but, it also increases blood flow to the surface of the skin. It increases circulation and triggers the body's healing process which then builds collagen and elastin which makes the skin look visibly firmer. With most at home tools you don't get the suction benefit like you do with this one. Which is one reason why this is so different.
Now once you've used the tool and got rid of the dead skin cells that was smothering your skin, your skincare will penetrate deeper and work better for you. Which is where the Regeneration System comes into play. I personally like using the actual skincare system they sell with this instead of my regular skin care when I use the Microderm. That could just be me though. I use this once a week. Like I said it's been 4 weeks. I can definitely tell you that it works and that I'm a fan. Everything about it from the tool itself to the skincare is really really good and has noticeable results.
I have pretty normal skin. I don't have very many breakouts. My main issue has been texture problems from dry areas on my face. I still had texture even with using my Foreo Luna to really clean deep. While that did help, it wasn't enough. Even using super hydrating products didn't help either. So when I had the opportunity to try this I was thrilled. Also, I'll be 29 next month and I have started to notice some fine lines around my eyes. So that combined with my texture issues had me rip, roaring and ready to go with this. I also tend to have large pores but that wasn't a major concern for me as much as the other stuff.
The first thing I will tell you is READ THE DIRECTIONS AND WATCH THE TUTORIAL. I will link thetutorial so you can watch it for yourself. I tried just reading the directions and doing it and I made some mistakes. Like I didn't have the right cap on (dummy) and then wasn't careful enough to not go over one area too much because it can become raw and irritated, which also happened to me. It's my own fault though I wasn't paying close enough attention.
So to use this you first need to cleanse the skin. I use the PMD Advanced Soothing Cleanser because it really preps the skin and keeps it from getting irritated. After that I use the Microderm. Now, what you're supposed to do is pull the skin tight and make strokes in an upwards motion. Not passing the same area more than twice. I only pass an area once though. This is where you need to pay attention so you know not to go over an area that you've already went over before. The skin will be suctioned like a vaccum, so really all I feel is the suctioning not necessarily the dermabrasion. I started with the white disc first, then quickly went to the one for sensitive skin and used it twice and then finally went to the blue disc which is still for sensitive skin but has a stronger abrasion. After I'm done with the tool itself I rinse off any lingering dead skin. I then immediately use the Calming Neuro Neutralizing Toner. This helps with any discomfort or irritation you may feel, evens out texture and skin tone and also takes care of any lingering flakes you may have. After that I use their Professional Recover Moisturizer. This also helps soothe and also heals the skin. It keeps the skin hydrated, smooth and also helps with anti-aging. The skin care products are all fragrance free as well. They can be used on their own everyday if you want. The Microderm is supposed to be used every 6-7 days but I've seen some people use it only every 10 days.
My skin felt a little uncomfortable the first two times right after I had used it and then the next morning. However, after the 3rd time and then even the 4th with the moderate abrasion disc I didn't really feel much discomfort at all. The little sensitivity I did feel was gone as soon as I used the toner and the moisturizer. Which I why I say use their skin care system for this. Keep in mind every skin type is different so that will be the deciding factor on what disc you should use. They offer more than just the ones I mentioned. I recommend that you definitely start with the lightest abrasion and then go up from there. I almost went for the moderate one first because my skin is normal and not sensitive. I'm very glad I didn't though because I made some mistakes and also my skin had to adjust to this new type of exfoliation. So start with white because it will work trust me and then go from there. Test it on your hand first and with every new disc I run it over my hand a few times to get that top layer on the tip ready to use on my face. Each disc can be used 2 times depending on how aggressive you are. You can buy replacement discs and they aren't super expensive either. I use a light hand with this I don't press down on the skin because the suction brings the skin to the tip anyway so there's no need in potentially irritating your skin even more by pressing way to hard. Don't use this under your eyes / above you cheek bones because the skin is much thinner there and can break easily. Don't use this if you're using prescription skin care or under the care of a dermatologist. Always ask you're dermatologist first before you start something as powerful as this anyway.
PMD is actually a company that was built around beauty bloggers, and youtubers and their experiences through using this tool. Microdermabrasion dates back to ancient Egypt when they used sandpaper to exfoliate the skin. The first actual microdermabrasion tool was introduced in 1985 in Italy. It wasn't introduced into the states until 1990. In 2003 the Microderm was patented and the first at home, hand held microdermabrasion professional grade tool. It's also been proven to be as good as a 10k physicians dermabrasion machine with a study that showed 7 different patients who used it for 12 weeks and 15 times and had the same results at home as the results that came in office. They produced these without any financial backing. They made 1800 and sent 500 to "mommy" bloggers as a form of marketing and PR. Which worked amazingly well for them. From there, testimonials flooded in and word spread about new found confidence and life changing skin transformations. Which brings us here, today and they are quite popular and for a very good reason obviously.
**Keep in mind, please, that this is a powerful professional grade tool and can be irritating to the skin. It may not be something you need right yet. Especially if you're in your teens or early 2o's and have no texture issues or the other issues this addresses. You don't want to do too much to the skin and damage it if it's not exactly something your skin can benefit from or doesn't need right now.**
For more info on the PMD Microderm devices that they offer and skin care you can visit their website here.
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