Microdermabrasion is a procedure that removes old, dead skin cells from the face, usually resulting in skin that looks smoother and healthier. This has become a very popular treatment at salons and spas, but it is also possible for a person to perform microdermabrasion at home. There are a number of at-home microdermabrasion kits on the market that can safely be used to refresh the skin. When doing at-home microdermabrasion the face should be cleansed in advance and proper care must be taken, of the skin, after the procedure is done.
The best way to do at-home microdermabrasion is by buying a kit from a beauty supply store. These typically contain a mechanical, rotating brush that can either be plugged in to an electrical socket or operated with batteries. A cream that contains exfoliating crystals is usually included in a store-bought kit. Many microdermabrasion packages also contain skin care lotions and creams that should be applied to the skin before and after such treatment.
Doing microdermabrasion at home is typically gentler than having it done at a spa, but every person's skin may react differently. Before performing the procedure on the whole face, a small area of skin should be tested. If the skin does not show any adverse effects after a few minutes, it is generally safe to proceed.
The skin on the face needs to be clean before doing at-home microdermabrasion. A gentle cleanser can be used to remove oils and any make-up. Harsh cleaners that contain acids or exfoliants should not be used before microdermabrasion as this can lead to skin irritation.
Skin should be wet when the microdermabrasion cream is applied. The microdermabrasion brush is then used to massage the exfoliant cream into the skin, which should result in the removal of dead skin cells and any other build-up on the skin. For best results, the brush should be used on the entire face for two to three minutes. The skin is then rinsed of the cream and a moisturizer should be applied to the skin.
After doing at-home microdermabrasion the skin may have a red appearance, which is normal. The redness should subside within a few hours. Skin may temporarily be more sensitive afterward. A person that has done this procedure at home should avoid exposing the face to the sun, but if being in the sun is necessary, a strong sunscreen should be used to protect the skin.