At this very moment, I’m running my fingers over my rough complexion and wishing I had Kristen Stewart’s natural beauty. Funny, while everyone goes crazy over Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, I sit here thinking about Stewart’s skin. But seriously, have you seen it? It’s crystal clear, poreless, even without makeup!
Of course, she is only 19, and I’m, well, I’m older than that. The truth is, even at her age I didn’t have smooth skin, and as I’ve gotten older, it’s only gotten worse (please tell me some of you can relate).
But don’t worry, this isn’t a sob story. Hope is not lost for those of us with less-than-perfect skin. There are several skin care treatments to improve a dull, rough, splotchy complexion. And today I’ll highlight one of my favorites—microdermabrasion.
Microdermabrasion is the application of tiny abrasives (usually finely ground crystals or diamonds) to buff away the surface layer of skin. Yes, it’s basically sanding the surface of the skin, but it’s pain-free and leaves very little redness (unlike chemical exfoliants).
The new skin feels smoother and visible imperfections (like blemishes, fine lines and hyperpigmentation) are removed. Regular microderm treatments can speed the skin’s renewal process and even improve more serious skin care concerns, like scars, wrinkles and sagging skin.
After my first microdermabrasion facial treatment, I was hooked. I had no idea how great my skin could look and feel. The excess oil was gone. My large pores were clear. And the rough bumps and dry spots were smooth and soft. But dishing out $100 or more every month for a trip to the beauty spa doesn’t fit into my budget.
So, I’ve opted to go for the home microdermabrasion treatments instead. I’ve tried several brands over the years, and yes, they will give you the same results as a professional treatment—it just takes a little longer. Usually five home treatments, using a manual microderm scrub, are equal to one spa microdermabrasion treatment—which still ends up costing much less.
One of our customers’ favorites that I’ve been dying to try is Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion. This at-home polishing cream uses crystals, lactic acid and soothing botanicals to gently, yet effectively remove dead, damaged skin cells.
With reviews like “baby smooth face,” “can’t live without,” and “the best way to exfoliate the skin,” I think I’m in for a wonderful treat.
Do you have a favorite at-home microderm treatment? Tell us about it!
In the mean time, try out this “skin perfecting tip” from our online esthetician!