Foundation makeup was designed to cover up blemishes, scars, uneven skin tone and to smooth skin complexion. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to soak my skin every single day in a powdery or liquid concoction just to hide all of my imperfections. There is a better way out there to take care of your skin that you’ll wish you would’ve done a long time ago.
What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a method for improving superficial environmental, aging, hereditary, and post-traumatic skin changes (for example acne, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and reduce or remove scars) by superficial, mechanically powered light abrasion, often combined with application of topical crystals (we use diamonds for the highest efficiency).
But, before we can understand how microdermabrasion does what it does, it’s important to understand how skin works.
The topmost layer is called the stratum corneum. The stratum corneum mostly acts as a barrier between the outside world and the lower skin layers. It keeps all but the smallest molecules from getting through.
When you put lotions or creams on your skin, some of the moisture passes through the stratum corneum, but not all of it. This layer is home to many minor skin imperfections like fine wrinkle lines and blemishes.
All of the action in microdermabrasion takes place at the level of the stratum corneum.
It is more superficial than ordinary dermabrasion, does not require anesthesia, and can be performed in less than an hour. The idea is that if you remove or break up the stratum corneum, the body interprets that as a mild injury and rushes to replace the lost skin cells with new and healthy ones.
This process has a few beneficial effects. 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.
Slowing Down the Aging Process
Also, without the stratum corneum acting as a barrier, medicinal creams and lotions are more effective because more of their active ingredients and moisture can find their way down to the lower layers of skin. As microdermabrasion temporarily removes some moisture from the skin, it is always followed by the application of moisturizing creams.
Early studies suggest that repeated microdermabrasion treatment at regular intervals may influence the way the lower layers of skin grow, as well, removing deeper blemishes over time. Some evidence seems to indicate that the rapid loss of skin moisture may be what triggers the lower skin layers to work overtime in speeding healthy cells up to the surface.