Your Guide to Summertime Microdermabrasion
It’s officially summertime, that means great summer skin! There’s no better way to get summer ready than microdermabrasion. Shed that winter skin and experience summer with glowing, healthy skin. Microdermabrasion refreshes your skin, so you can experience summer without dry skin. While it is recommended for the colder months, you can still have it performed in the summer so long as you take the right steps to protect your skin afterwards.
What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a procedure used to renew your skin. It can improve the appearance of sun damage, wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, acne scarring, melasma, and other skin-related conditions and concerns. Microdermabrasion uses a special applicator with an abrasive surface to gently buff away the thick outer layer of skin to rejuvenate it. A professional usually performs the procedure, but you can take advantage of at-home microderm devices to save money by doing it yourself.
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive cosmetic procedure. For most people it’s not painful, and only takes about 30-40 minutes to complete on the face, and 20 to complete the neck. After the procedure, you may experience skin sensitivity or slight swelling, almost like a mild sunburn, for a few days after. You can have this done weekly, every two weeks, or monthly, depending on your skin type and reason for treatment. Results will vary depending on the reason for treatment, but after the procedure you will notice a significant difference in skin texture and appearance.
There are a few different types of devices used to do the procedure, including:
- A diamond-tip handpiece. This type of device gently exfoliates the dead skin cells and debris from the surface of your skin. It also comes with suction technology to get rid of those cells completely. This tool is used for any area on the body, but is best for sensitive areas.
- Crystal microdermabrasion. These devices use a crystal-emitting handpiece to spray the surface of the skin with fine crystals. These provide the skin with a gentle exfoliation. These types of devices also have the same suction technology to get rid of the dead skin cells right away.
- This is a newer type of microdermabrasion that uses simultaneous dermal infusion of products paired with a gentle crystal-free exfoliation. It helps to stimulate collagen production and increase your skin’s blood flow.
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How to Prepare for Microdermabrasion
Before getting microdermabrasion done, if you go to a professional, you will receive instructions as to what products you can and can’t use on your face. It is recommended that you stop using any retinol based creams, as well as any other product that exfoliates your skin such as cleansers with alpha hydroxy acids or facial scrubs. The acids in these products make the skin more sensitive and can increase the risk of irritation.
Additionally, you may want to hold off on treatments if you’ve had any kind of medical skincare treatment recently. This includes laser hair removal, laser skin resurfacing, or anything else that could leave the skin sensitive. Before you receive the treatment, make sure you treat your skin carefully. Avoid waxing, tanning, exfoliating, or trying any new skincare that may irritate the skin.
What Does Microdermabrasion Do?
This procedure refreshes your skin in a number of ways. It is ideal for mild acne scars, blackheads, and uneven skin tone. It can also reduce the look of fine lines and can make skin less oily.
Microdermabrasion has been used for many years to address multiple different skin concerns and conditions. Some benefits of microdermabrasion in the summertime include:
- It’s gentle. The abrasive method of removing skin cells does not require the use of chemicals on the skin. Most patients who experience microdermabrasion don’t need any downtime.
- It reduces sun damage. UV exposure has been identified as a primary factor in premature aging. Microdermabrasion eliminates the damaged cells that have surfaced and also encourages collagen production to promote healthier cells deep beneath the surface.
- It gives a healthy glow. Having dead and damaged skin cells can severely impact the skin’s natural radiance. Removing this layer of skin allows younger, healthier cells to shine.
What are Other Benefits of Microdermabrasion?
A microdermabrasion treatment gets rid of the top layer of dull, lifeless, and/or flaking skin, and encourages collagen production at the same time. In addition to this, microdermabrasion offers:
- Fresher-looking skin
- Cleaner-feeling skin
- Minimized fine lines
- Smoother skin
- Brighter skin tone
- Better skin colour
- Shrunken pores
- Reduced age spots
- Faded scars
- Firmer, tighter skin
- More radiant complexion
- Rejuvenated appearance
Since the procedure only takes about 30-40 minutes to complete, it is also very convenient and time-efficient. This allows you to get the best results without spending your whole summer in the spa!
What are the Risks?
While this treatment is generally considered a safe and painless form of gentle exfoliation, there are some risks associated with microdermabrasion that you should consider before starting treatment. Always consult a doctor before incorporating this into your routine. Due to the nature of the devices, you’ll want to avoid any areas that are already irritated, have rashes, or are healing.
You will also want to take extra care around the eye area. The fine crystals used to do the exfoliation can accidentally get in your eye and cause some discomfort. Check the settings on your microdermabrasion device if you’re doing the treatment from home to ensure the safest results.
Is it Safe for the Summer?
Any kind of harsh exfoliant increases your risk for irritation in the summer, due to the sun. Unlike laser treatments, microdermabrasion doesn’t use light-based technology, making it more “summer-friendly”. This means you can still perform microdermabrasion on skin that has been lightly exposed to the sun, freckled skin, and sun-bronzed skin.
What to Expect Post-Treatment
Microdermabrasion is a gentle and non-invasive treatment, so there is hardly any recovery time. You should be able to wear your regular makeup and skincare products the day after your treatment, with some adjustments. You will be able to see visible results immediately after the procedure. Your skin will be fresh, glowing, but a little sensitive, so just be aware that you should not be using products that might irritate your skin.
Tips for Getting Microdermabrasion in the Summertime
With summer in full swing, we all want the effects of microdermabrasion. Normally, these treatments involve reducing your sun exposure after treatment to reduce any harmful effects. Due to this, some people are wary of getting microdermabrasion treatments in the summer. However, by following a few easy tips, you can get the benefits of microdermabrasion regardless of the time of year.
- Avoid the sun a week or so after your treatment.
Since microdermabrasion removes the top layer of your skin, your skin will be more sensitive in the weeks following your treatment. It will also be more susceptible to sunburn, which means you should take extra care to avoid direct sun exposure for at least a week or two. If you do go outside, make sure to wear wide-brimmed hats, stay in the shade as much as possible, and wear a good quality, high UV blocking sunscreen.
- Use a high-SPF sunscreen.
Although you should be using sunscreen all year, it is very important to make sure you protect your skin post-microdermabrasion with a high-SPF sunblock (minimum 30SPF). In order to prevent any breakouts and skin irritation, try to find an oil-free and non-comedogenic sunscreen and be sure to reapply as often as required.
- Use skincare products that are gentle, soothing, and filled with antioxidants.
While you should always be using gentle and soothing skincare products, it is especially crucial that you do so after any kind of treatments. It’s imperative that you use a hydrating and soothing moisturizer in the days after your treatment in order to reduce any potential negative side effects. You will also want to avoid any products with alpha hydroxy acids, retinols, or benzyl peroxide as these ingredients irritate sensitive skin.
Other Treatment Tips
Before beginning your microdermabrasion treatments, consider these other tips to caring for your skin before and after the procedure.
- Avoid getting any other treatments for a week prior and a week after treatment. Doing multiple skincare procedures is normal, and sometimes encouraged. However, if you’re using at-home treatments such as laser hair removal, it is recommended to hold off on those treatments close to when you plan on doing microdermabrasion treatments. Wait a week before and a week after treatment to continue any other treatments to ensure your skin has time to heal. This includes tanning beds, spray tans, chemical peels, collagen injections, scrubs, exfoliation, and waxing.
- Ensure your skin is thoroughly cleansed before treatments. Before you start microdermabrasion, make sure you use a gentle but thorough cleanser.
- If your face becomes irritated or swollen, use a cold compress. Some people can experience some slight irritation or swelling after treatment. This is completely normal, but if you’d like to reduce this symptom, use a cold compress for a few minutes at a time on the skin.
- Try to touch your face as little as possible. It’s normal to experience some dryness and itchiness after treatment. While you will feel the urge to scratch your face or peel off the dead skin, don’t touch it! Picking at your skin after microdermabrasion can damage your skin.
- Hydrate your skin with lots of water. The best thing you can do for your skin is to drink a lot of water. After an exfoliation, make sure you keep yourself well-hydrated to provide your skin with the nutrients and hydration it needs to heal properly.
Get To It!
There’s no time like the present to work on your skin. With the sun shining and patios opening up, make clear and healthy skin your new summer accessory. By following a few steps, you too can achieve the results of microdermabrasion even in the summertime.
If you are ready to start taking advantage of the benefits of microdermabrasion, give the Silk’n ReVit Prestige microderm device a try and experience the wonderful effects that it can provide. We’re confident you’ll love how it makes your skin feel and look!