If you haven’t had a professional facial in a while, you should consider starting with the day spas regular signature. This will give the esthetician a chance to see how your skin reacts with the products and you will receive a thorough cleansing, exfoliating and mask procedure that will make a huge difference in your skin. However, if you are in the spa and the esthetician can take a look at things quickly under the magnifying light you may be a candidate for a procedure called a Microdermabrasion. With Microdermabrasion your skin is slightly abraded with a crystal that helps to loosen up the pores and make them “give-up” the debris it is so preciously holding. There is a vacuum system that sucks up this debris leaving your skin clean and clear. It is a very thorough procedure and might be just what you need.
When not to have a Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is not a great solution if you have oily skin, however. Sometimes your oily skin is happening because you are not properly cleansing and then moisturizing your skin. People afraid to moisturize end up having a bit of an “oil slick” in the middle of the afternoon because your skin needs to produce oil if it feels it is overly dry. So once you get this under control, you may find that your skin is just normal, not oily. Then you will be a candidate for a microdermabrasion session. Always consult with your esthetician of course!
Another caution on Microdermabrasion is if you have strong acne issues and there are some open lesions. These types of conditions are not suitable for a microdermabrasion session and more care is required. You may have cyst acne and may need the counsel of a dermatologist. Do not substitute a doctors recommend for a day spa esthetician’s limited advice. Most estheticians are very diligent in this area and will recommend you visit a qualified dermatologist in your area for counsel. Heed their advice and your healing will begin much quicker. Whatever is causing the severe acne is most likely an internal issue and an esthetician only has training in the surface area of the dermis.
Benefits of Microdermabrasion
Is your skin looking dull, dry, or patchy with different colors? Most likely you have not exfoliated your skin in a long, long time and all this surface debris has just piled up on your skin. Yes! It is amazing what will be pulled out of your skin during a microdermabrasion session. Old makeup, deep black heads, white heads. Etc. are all removed with this wonderful procedure. It seems like it instantly brightens your skin – because all the bad things are removed.
Don’t expect any facial massage after a microdermabrasion session. Your skin has been very stimulated in trying to loosen the debris and the removing of it – so it is best not to stimulate the skin any longer. Your face might be a tad red, but it will calm down right away after the esthetician applies a nice calming mask or light moisturizer.
Microdermabrasion Requires Sun Protection (SPF)
Protection from the sun is very important after a microdermabrasion session. Microderm goes down a few layers of your skin to reveal, bright shiny new layers that are very sensitive to the sun. We don’t want you to have sun damage. Use a specifically formulated facial SPF 20 would be ideal. Be sure to apply this over your moisturizer. An SPF separate from your regular moisturizer is preferred. The mineral powder make-up SPF’s are good, but in strong sun make sure you are protected with at least SPF25 and most loose powders do not contain that high a number for protection.
When booking your next day spa facial, due consider a Microdermabrasion for quick results. If you are looking to diminish acne scars or dark spots a series of or 8 microderm sessions spaced out every two weeks (not longer) is preferred for the best microdermabrasion results.