Microdermabrasion is one of the most popular, non invasive, anti ageing treatments available today which shows instant results. It is a simple, fast and effective way of reducing superficial skin damage to restore a refreshed and more youthful complexion.
What is the aim of Microdermabrasion?
First lets understand more about the outer layer of our skin which is called the Stratum Corneum. The stratum corneum acts as a barrier for our skin with the outside world and the lower skin levels. It keeps all but the smallest molecules getting through. This is why moisturisers do not penetrate to your skin but are left to sit outside on the top of your skin only to be washed off when you next cleanse. Removal of this built up layer of dead skin cells will allow moisturisers and serums to be absorbed into the skin which will result in a healthier skin.
The aim of Microdermabrasion is to remove or break up the stratum corneum which is the outer layer of the skin. Once part of the stratum corneum is removed, the body then interprets that as mild injury and rushes to replace the lost skin cells with new and healthy ones. In the first hour of treatment, this causes mild swelling and redness.
What are the benefits? There are many benefits. With the stratum corneum gone, the skin’s surface is improved. The healing process brings with it newer skin cells that look and feel smoother. Some of the skin’s visible imperfections, like fine lines, blemishes and age spots are removed.
Additional benefits? Without the presence of the stratum corneum, moisturisers and serums are more effective because their active ingredients can find their way to thelower levels of the skin in the dermis. Also the appearance of make up on the skin is vastly improved.
Microdermabrasion temporarily removes some moisture from the skin and must always be followed by a hydrating treatments and application of lots of moisturiser.
Recent studies suggest that a course of Microdermabrasion treatments given at regular intervals may influence the way the lower layers grow, even removing deeper blemishes over time.