Microdermabrasion at home

Microdermabrasion at home – Full Guide

These days we are bombarded with images of perfect skin, and whether you yourself have a top-notch complexion or not, you could easily be forgiven for feeling less than perfect, thanks to air-brushed celebrities and society’s so-called image of perfection.

Before we go on, I’m certainly not suggesting you shouldn’t embrace your own appearance and your own perceived imperfections, you are you after all, but if you are unhappy with a certain part of your appearance, especially skin-wise, then the good news is that there are options available to you.

Have you heard of microdermabrasion? I’m sure you have in some guise, probably from a leaflet or advertisement in a salon or clinic, but what you might not be aware of is that you can perform microdermabrasion at home, with your own fair hands – no need for a surgeon’s scalpel or anything remotely scary sounding!

I guess first of all we should look at exactly what microdermabrasion is.

What is microdermabrasion?

Personally I think the best way to look at microdermabrasion is as a more rigorous version of exfoliation, because basically that’s what it does. It is a cosmetic procedure, which as we mentioned, can be done at home or in a salon, and uses crystals to gently remove dead skin cells from the outermost layer of the skin. You might have heard of it described as an ‘instant facelift’ in beauty magazines.

This is the most simplistic way to describe microdermabrasion, but it is actually a little more complicated when you peek below the surface, like most things in life.

How does microdermabrasion work?

When you look at your skin, you might just think it is just one layer, but in actual fact there are several layers below the surface that act as a barrier to harsh environmental factors. Your skin is made up of two major layers, called the epidermis and the dermis, but microdermabrasion works mainly with the epidermis, the layer which is closest to the top, the layer you can actually see.

The crystals we mentioned before are what make up the major tool in microdermabrasion, and they are applied either with a machine, or with your hands. The crystals are called aluminium oxide crystals, and these are tiny rougher elements which work to gently buff the skin. This causes a break up of the top layer of the skin, often referred to as the stratum corneum, and your body goes into autopilot, thinking there is an injury, so it sends troops, i.e. the development of newer and healthier cells, to the area it thinks is damaged. What results is a fresh, glowing, new layer of skin, which of course means a fresh, glowing complexion for you!  You’re basically fooling your body into kick-starting the healing process. Clever stuff!

Why should I get microdermabrasion?

You could of course just want a fresher complexion, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but you could also be looking into this cosmetic method because you have a skin condition that could be improved with microdermabrasion. If you have fine lines and wrinkles, stubborn blemishes, clogged pores, troublesome blackheads, or hyperpigmentation, then microdermabrasion could be a method that works for you, however one of its major uses is to help treat residual acne scars. I have also heard first hand from a person who had positive experience treating stretch marks.

If you are an acne sufferer, do be aware that you should never undergo microdermabrasion in any guise if you have an active condition, but if you want to rid yourself of old acne scars then this could certainly be a treatment option. The general idea is that by having several treatments, you affect the way your body regenerates new skin cells, speeding up the healing process, and eradicating those scars that have been such a bane in your life. Microdermabrasion has been shown to be very effective in this way.

On a more superficial level, microdermabrasion doesn’t come with a long list of side effects, or the need for downtime, and all you may find is that immediately after a treatment you skin may be a little red or swollen, which should go down over the next 24 hours.

Additionally, microdermabrasion is a much cheaper alternative to cosmetic surgery, and let’s face it, we want to try and avoid the surgeon’s knife if at all possible! Chemical peels are also more expensive, as well as Botox, and come with more risk attached.

Microdermabrasion can be performed on the face, chest, neck, arms or hands, however at home procedures do tend to focus on the face.

Go to the salon or stay at home?

Now, this is a preference thing, but I am all about saving money and saving hassle, so for me, I’m going to be staying at home!

It is worth mentioning that home methods are always going to be less potent than salon treatments, basically because of the machinery and equipment used in a salon, but that doesn’t mean that at home treatments don’t offer major benefits, and as a first port of call, they’re certainly worth a good try.

In a salon, your therapist will use specialised equipment to apply the crystals to your skin, and do the buffing thing, but at home you will probably purchase a scrub or cream and apply the product to your skin with your hands, having washed them thoroughly first, of course. At home products use the same aluminium oxide crystals, so the only major difference is the way you apply them, and the depth to which they go. If this is your first try at microdermabrasion, or you’re still slightly in need of persuasion, then save some money and try it out at home first.

As microdermabrasion has gained popularity, more and more companies have jumped on the trend, and it’s also possible to buy microdermabrasion units for use at home.

One thing to remember – always moisturise after a treatment. Oh, and stay out of the sun for a few days afterwards too.

How much will this all cost?

We’ve mentioned that at home treatments are always going to be cheaper than those done in a salon, albeit a weaker version of the treatment. You can buy products from all the major big hitters in the beauty world, including L’Oreal, Olay, Neutrogena etc, as well as the aforementioned units, which are usually found cheaper online.

A product you buy for at home use will probably contain up to 30 treatments, depending on how much you use at any one time, and depending on the brand you buy, can cost you anything up to around $100. Always remember that you’re better buying a well-known brand, over one that you’ve never heard of but is cheaper. Your skin is precious, and it’s not worth taking a risk to save a few dollars in this way.

The units we were talking about are obviously going to be more expensive, but will last you for a considerable length of time. These are again varied in price, but you can expect to pay anything up to the $300 dollar mark, depending on brand.

In comparison, if you go to a salon and have your microdermabrasion treatment done professionally, you can expect to pay more. This will depend on the area of the body you’re aiming it towards, the number of treatments required, and of course, which salon you go to, but on the whole you can expect to pay between $80 – $200 per treatment. The major plus point to this is of course the fact that you don’t need to do it yourself!

Which units do you recommend?

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Rejuvaderm MD - At Home Professional Handheld Microdermabrasion Machine - Medical Grade - Diamond Tip - Anti Aging... Anti Aging...199.004.717
Kendal Professional Diamond Microdermabrasion Machine HB-SF01229.984.5102
MicrodermMD - Home Microdermabrasion Machine w/ AUTO Mode - Medical Grade - Diamond Tip - Anti Aging289.954.387

Read this article for a list of our recommended at home microdermabrasion machines and a handy comparison table that makes it easier to choose your unit.

My first treatment

  1. See this video article for a demonstration of at home microdermabrasion process on a face.
  2. Your unit comes with an instruction manual – be sure to read it.

So, to sum it all up …

There is no arguing that microdermabrasion has become a major big-hitter in the beauty world, and it now features on many a salon’s product list, usually at the higher end price-wise. Doing your own treatment at home has many benefits, not to mention the lower cost, and the fact that you don’t have to leave the house!

On a treatment level, microdermabrasion has been scientifically proven to be hugely effective for a number of different skin conditions, and for former sufferers of acne with residual scars, microdermabrasion is the answer to many a prayer. Nobody should have to live with scars and blemishes that make them unhappy with their appearance. Some people can live with such scars and see them as a positive over the past, but for others this isn’t possible.

It all comes down to personal preference, but the bottom line is that our outer layer of skin is what the world sees of us appearance-wise, and if it bothers someone so much, then of course struggling shouldn’t be an option; this is where microdermabrasion has managed to put a smile back on many people’s faces.

So, at home or at the salon? I guess the choice is yours, but if you’re looking at using microdermabrasion as a long-term treatment option, something you’re planning on repeating, and home treatments work for you, well, it makes sense to save some dollar, and keep it all in your own home.

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Microdermabrasion Before and After Gallery

Here you’ll find a gallery of photos taken before and after microdermabrasion treatment. As you see – microderm can give great results in acne removal and in general helps clean and freshen your skin.

You can have microdermabrasion sessions at your local skin clinic or spa or you could also buy an at home microdermabrasion kit. We’ve listed the best ones in an article here.

Have you had similar results? Please send us photos so we can add to this gallery.
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Electric knife sharpener reviews

Choosing The Right Electric Knife Sharpener Based On Reviews 

If you are a chef or a good cook you could certainly have some basic information about electric knife sharpeners. They are an indispensable tool for chefs to help them to win many battles in their kitchens. These sharpeners have quite a few advantages because they are operated by electricity and are quite easy to handle. Even those who do not have much experience and expertise can handle these knife sharpeners quite easily. While it is possible to sharpen knives manually, it is fraught with difficulties and even risk of injuries.

Hence, going in for electric knife sharpeners would be a much better choice. They are easy to operate and sharpening even the blunt-edged knives would not take much of time. It is also safer compared to manual sharpening. However, choosing the right knife sharpener is not easy because of the various options available in the market. In this article we will have a look at two electric knife sharpener reviews and then arrive at a conclusion as to which is the better option.

Features Of Presto 08800 Eversharp Electric Knife Sharpener

  • Presto 08800 EverSharp Electric Knife SharpenerThis sharpener comes with a two stage sharpener technology.
  • It is suitable for sharpening any non-serrated blade and that too quite easily.
  • It works almost on an autopilot mode and therefore avoids guesswork or groping in the dark so to say.
  • Sharpening does not take more than a few seconds because of the high quality Sapphirite sharpening wheels.
  • The product satisfies the highly demanding NAES or North American Electrical Standards.
  • It also comes with a filter to avoid spattering.

Features of Chef’s Choice 130 Professional Knife-Sharpening Station, Platinum

  • chefs-choice-m130-professional-knife-sharpening-stationComing from the house of Chef’s Choice this knife sharpening system is one that has 100% diamond abrasives.
  • It is a highly versatile knife sharpener and can sharpen steels, strops and almost any type or model of knife available in the market.
  • The stropping disk is made from high quality super hardened steel.
  • It comes with a unique angle guide sharpening feature and therefore 100% perfect sharpening is no longer a difficult job.
  • It comes with an easy to use on and off switch and stabilizing feet.
  • Comes with a 3 year warranty.

Pros and Cons

Now that we have had a closer look at both the above knife sharpeners let us take our electric knife sharpener reviews a bit further. We will look at the various pros and cons associated with each of these brands.

Let us get started with the Presto 08800 Eversharp Electric Knife Sharpener Pros

Priced at $25 when purchased from Amazon.com this, electric knife certainly offers excellent value for money. For those who have voluminous amounts of grating and cutting there is no doubt that this knife sharpener will come in very handy. It takes literally a few minutes for sharpening almost any type of blades. Those who have big amounts of sharpening requirements will find this sharpener very useful.

Presto 08800 Eversharp Cons

However, on the flip side it might require manual steeling and that too by hand before it is sharpened. When honing a blade it also is reported to have a slight burr. Those who are ready to put up with this burring sound would have nothing much to complain against it.

Now let us have a look at the Presto 08800 Eversharp Electric Knife Sharpener and try to list out some advantages and disadvantages.

Chef’s Choice 130 Professional Knife-Sharpening Station Pros

If you believe in the proverb “give peanuts and you will get monkeys” then you will certainly have a second look at this knife sharpener. Thought it is priced at $136 when purchased from Amazon.com it certainly has a number of advantages worth mentioning. It is well and truly a top class electrical knife sharpener with 100 percent diamond abrasives. If you are looking for a consistent sharpening angle with the best of results then there is every reason to buy this sharpener. It comes with three different grooves and each one of them is for different types of knives.

Chef’s Choice 130 Cons

While there is nothing much negative about this sharpener, there is no doubt that it is slightly big in size and hence lugging it around could be a problem. Further the price could be a big dampener for those who are conscious about their pockets.

Conclusion

Looking into the various pros and cons there is reason to believe that the Presto 08800 Eversharp Electric Knife Sharpener is a better buy because of the sheer advantage of cost. Though it may not be as versatile and as feature-rich as the Chef’s Choice sharpener, it will certainly do almost all the tasks which the latter will do.