Salon vs Home Microdermabrasion
Today I want to do a little comparison article, talking about how salon microdermabrasion compares with home microdermabrasion. It’s quite an interesting treatment to look at in terms of home use versus salon, mainly because they actually don’t differ that much at all.
Both of them use exactly the same principle to remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin as the stratum corneum.
So they use a vacuum to pull the top layer of the skin into the device and then they use some kind of rough surface to slough away dead skin cells. This makes the skin to have a mild injury and it rushes to repair and you get lovely new glowing skin.
It’s grate for anyone with acne scarring, people with fine lines that are starting to appear, it can even work really well on brown spots and pigmentation.
Many women are using the best at home microdermabrasion machine – the PMD.
This uses aluminium oxide discs. So you’ve got a small disc that sits just underneath the surface of the vacuum. The disc is almost like a soft sand paper for your skin.
You can get different levels of coarseness and most people stick with the medium.
It does take a little while to get used to the technique of how to do microdermabrasion yourself and that is one of the many differences I would say between doing it at home and doing it at the salon.
At the salon you’re paying for a professional, who’s done the treatment many times before, who knows exactly what pressure to apply, which areas to work on and how quickly to move the device across the faces they’re working.
But because you are paying for that expertise, for that premium service, it can get quite costly. But you can actually, with a bit of time and effort, learn how to do it well yourself at home.
Obviously home use devices are adapted and slightly different from the professional devices in order to be safe for home use. You may find a salon device that the practitioner uses on you is perhaps at a stronger level, but again that’s because they’ve got years of experience and they know how to apply it.
But with the right practice and the right technique, you can apply those results at home.
When I first used the PMD, I did actually give myself a microdermabrasion red stripe and that’s because I was moving the device too slowly across my face. You do have to move it across quite quickly in order just to suck away the top layer of skin cells only.
If you do what I did and give yourself a bit of a red stripe, it’s not that much to worry about. What you’ve actually done, you’ve got a layer too deep. You’ve given yourself dermabrasion, instead of microdermabrasion.
Dermabrasion is really what Gwyneth Paltrow and the people out of this world have. They’re rich and famous enough to go to a hotel, have dermabrasion, have everything taken off and then hang around in the hotel room for the next week.
You and I not so much. I’m not willing to go to work with a bright-red face. Microdermabrasion is for me.
You can learn how to do it properly at home yourself. Vitally important that you read the instruction manuals and that you follow instructional DVD or even have a look at videos which explain to you how to use each of the microdermabrasion devices.
But the main point of it is the fact that you’ve got this device at home that you can continue to use over a period of time. With any home use beauty, one of the most important points is that you do have a regular treatment plan and that you perform the treatment on specific days of the week
So perform the treatment as regularly as it is advised. With the PMD (which fits perfectly in this hanging toiletry bag for women), it’s nice to go for it once a week and that is what I do.
I would suggest that if you’re new to microdermabrasion, why not go to a salon, have a treatment done, see what you think about it and then look into investing in a home use device.
You then don’t have the continued cost of going to the salon regularly and also you don’t have the continued time. My microdermbrasion treatment that I do, I do across my cheeks, around my nose, chin, forehead and it takes a maximum of 45 minutes.
But if I go to the salon, I have to take the time out to get there, the actual treatment time and then the time out to get home again. Aside from the fact that I have to get around to book in the treatment.
So I do find that it’s the convenience of being able to do it at home that leads to me doing it more regularly which leads to better results.