Want gorgeous, glowing skin? Find out everything you need to know about microdermabrasion.
Bridal magazines promote a smooth, flawless face as the basis for any ‘big day’ beauty look. Unfortunately, in reality, majority of us aren’t blessed with permanently clear and radiant skin (or the airbrushing tools that make the models look so good). But that’s not to say achieving complexion perfection for your nuptials is unattainable – you just need to up the ante on your pre-wedding skincare regime. Enter ‘microdermabrasion’.
No, it’s not a strange biological disease you pick up after a trip to the tropics, but rather a high-powered facial exfoliation that’s designed to unclog pores, brighten skin and reduce sun damage and acne scarring. Read on for all the essential facts:
How does it work?
During microdermabrasion, minute diamond crystals are, to best describe it, gently ‘sandblasted’ over your complexion to remove the outermost dead skin cells and reveal the new, smoother cells. Once your entire face has been treated, a vacuum-type device is then used to suck up the crystals, dirt from your pores, and any excess oil.
Will it hurt?
While the process is not painful, it may feel slightly uncomfortable and scratchy (a little like having fine sandpaper or a rough loofah rubbed over your skin). Your complexion may also look quite red and blotchy for a few hours following your treatment, and it’s best not to apply make-up immediately afterwards so be sure to schedule your appointments for a time when can go straight home and relax.
How many sessions will I need?
Microdermabrasion is carried out over six to eight, 30 to 45 minute weekly sessions in a specialist skin clinic or day spa (so yes, you’ll still get to wear a signature robe and slippers - phew!)
When will I see results?
Your skin will start to look and feel refreshed and healthy almost immediately and will improve as you continue with the sessions. To ensure you get the best possible results, it’s recommended you carry out your microdermabrasion program in consecutive weeks until you finish your course of treatments.