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Microdermabrasion

Eleni Papanicolaou

Board Certified Esthetician

Fall has already knocked at our doors. Time to prepare your skin for a new season and reverse some of the summer damage, caused by sun exposure, sea salt or pool chemicals.

The skin in order to protect itself from the harmful UV rays, stimulates the production of melanin which results in uneven skin color and dark spots. The sun also depletes the skin supplies of collagen and elastin resulting in dehydration and fine lines.

Have you ever imagined the surface of your skin to be compared to a“fish”? Well….. the same way we get rid the scales of a fish, the same way we need to help our skin get rid of the old, dry skin cells that lay on the surface (epidermis). This is one of the best ways to help the underlaying new cells to surface and give your skin a more even and glowing look, while stimulating the collagen production.

Microdermabrasion is one of the most effective, mechanical, non-chemical and non-invasive treatments available through Physicians and Estheticians.

Microdermabrasion removes the superficial build up of old skin cells which also prevent your cosmetic products to be fully absorbed. It’s like having a film between your skin and your products, preventing them from getting deeper into your skin to hydrate, nourish and keep it smooth and elastic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are two forms of Microdermabrasion:

- Crystal

using micro-crystals, ejected on the skin and immediately vacuumed back along with the dead skin cells, by using controlled suction.

- Diamond

using a wand containing diamond particles, which creates an abrasive action to dislocate the dead skin cells laying on the surface. Controlled suction is also applied, which is beneficial to the skin because it activates the circulation and blood flow to the skin.

Microdermabrasion improves:

• Uneven skin texture

• Fine lines

• Clogged pores

• Acne scars

• Discoloration

• Enlarged sebaceous glands

• Excessive oiliness

• Thickened skin

• Mild scars

Microdermabrasion should be avoided in case of:

• Active Acne

• Rosacea and Acne Rosacea

• Sensitive skin

• Inflamed skin

• Any form of skin lesions

• Herpes outbreaks

• Broken capillaries

• Sun burn

• Warts

• Eczema

• Psoriasis

Before considering Microdermabrasion, please let your therapist know:

• If you are Diabetic

• If you have Lupus

• If you have been using Antibiotics

• If you have been using Retin-A

• If you recently had any chemical peels

• If you are pregnant

• If you are on blood thinners

After Microdermabrasion:

• Avoid immediate sun exposure for at least 4-5 days after treatment

• Cleanse your skin gently with a mild cleanser and pat dry

• Avoid the use of Retin-A for a week

• Avoid any chemical peels for two to three weeks

• Use your lightening serums (Kojik Acid) if you have discoloration

• Depending on your skin type, use products based on Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamins, Peptides and      Natural Oils to restore your skin’s natural barrier and moisture levels

• Use sunscreen every single day on top of your moisturizer

• Keep up with regular facials