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Wednesday, August 26, 2015
The PMD: Your Passport to Beautiful Skin
If you're a savvy skincare shopper, you've heard of exfoliation. In fact, if you're like me, you have a bathroom cabinet full of scrubs, creams, and peels geared towards shedding away the lifeless layers of your skin. For those of you that are new to the game, exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells, dirt, and oil from the surface of your skin. The skin’s natural exfoliating ability weakens with age and products are often needed to provide results. Chemical exfoliants, like peels or gels, utilize acids or enzymes to loosen and dissolve. Manual exfoliants, like scrubs or microdermabrasion, use friction to rid the skin of dead skin cells and unclog pores. Today, I'm going to delve into microdermabrasion.
Microdermabrasion is a noninvasive form of exfoliation and mild skin resurfacing that removes dead skin cells from the stratum corneum. Basically, with microdermabrasion, your imperfections are broken apart in the outermost layer and your skin thinks it's sustained an injury. Your skin then uses it's defense mechanisms and begins to toss out the old, rebuild, and reveal younger, healthier skin. After it's all done, your skin is more radiant, your makeup goes on smoother, and your skincare products are able to penetrate up to twenty times deeper than with untreated skin.
There are a lot of at-home microdermabrasion products on the market right now, and there is one product that we feel lives up to the hype: The PMD. PMD stands for Personal Microderm and is an at-home microdermabrasion device that uses Aluminum Oxide Crystals and a vacuum suction to smooth away dead skin cells and literally uncover younger skin. When used just once a week, the PMD will minimize the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots, tone, texture and blemishes for a vibrant, youthful complexion. It's simple to use and highly effective.
The PMD has a few different discs that you can use. First of all, there is the white disc. That is the training disc and is recommended for all first time users. When you get comfortable with this one, you can move on to the blue disc, which is recommended for sensitive skin. If you feel that this is not providing you with the results you desire, you can move on up to the green disc. This is a bit more abrasive and is suitable for most skin types. If you're still not achieving your goals, move on to the red disc, which is only meant for the most resilient skin. Each color/strength of disc has a small and a large disc. The larger disc is meant for the body and the smaller disc is meant for the face. Once you've chosen the disc for you, it's time to begin.
1. Cleanse your skin and pat dry. Make sure the skin is completely dry before you begin your treatment.
2. There's no battery to worry about. Just plug it in, pick your disc, and it's ready to go.
3. Begin on the arm, then move to the neck, then finally to the face. Pull the skin taut and use upward motions. Don't press down too hard and never hover in one spot. Once the device is suctioned to the skin, you'll want to maintain the bond. Make one pass over each area and never more than two passes. DO NOT treat above the cheekbones and into the eye area. The skin in this area is very thin and particularly sensitive.
4. You're done and on your way to perfection! We recommend you follow each treatment with a toner to balance your skins pH and follow that up with a moisturizer. In about 6-7 days you can repeat the process.
The key to at-home microdermabrasion is to be gentle. As a beginner, you must start slowly and see how your skin reacts. If you're not sure microdermabrasion is right for you, talk to your dermatologist.
Until Next Time,
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