Dealing with a loss of radiance can easily be treated with OTC products. The key to waking up blah skin is to clean out the pores increase skin cell turnover, regenerate collagen, and brighten and polish the skin’s surface when you exfoliate. One of the easy regimen is home microdermabrasion.
Dr. Denese New York Microdermabrastion Cream
US$35.00 / 4 ounces
Product claims : Helps improve the appearance of dull, sallow skin tone. Safe for all skin types, it also works to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Side notes : This product has sufficient oil and emollients to prevent pumice, one of the more abrasive scrub agents available, from being too rough on skin. It contains tiny amounts of a few irritating plant extracts.
Kiehl’s Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion
US$40.00 / 2.5 ounces
Product claims : Immediately smoothes and conditions skin, re-texturizes skin’s surface, reducing the appearance of facial lines and pore size.
Side notes : The emollients and silicone in the product help protect skin from the alumina, which is the abrasive agent and may be a bit rough on the skin. Fragrance-free scrub for normal to dry skin.
Neutrogena Advanced Solutions at Home MicroDermabrasion System
Product claims : Immediately enhances surface cell turnover for visibly fresher, smoother, baby soft skin. In week 1, boosts skins clarity for visibly brighter skin that glows with youthful radiance, and by week 4, diminishes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and sun damage.
Side notes : This microdermabrasion set is an all-in-one kit which includes a battery-powered, hand-held device with two speeds, two sponge heads, a unit for storing the device between uses, and the Micro-Oxide Crystallized Cream. Survey has shown that consumers find it a challenge to remove the cream, which contains aluminum oxide, even after rinsing off with water.
Is Home Microdermabrasion right for you?
If your skin is not sensitive and not too dry, or especially if you have oily skin, you can use a microdermabrasion cream up to twice a week. Those with normal or slightly dry skin can try once a week. If you’re sensitive, stick to once ever two weeks.
You also need to make sure your skin is properly hydrated, because skin that is plumped up with moisture automatically looks a lot better. Be sure be combine them with a treatment cream that speeds up cell turnover rate.
Home Microdermabrasion v.s. Home Peeling
Many doctors believe that an ideal way to return radiance to the skin is to combine home peeling (chemical exfoliators) with home microdermabrasion (mechanical exfoliators). The active ingredients that tighten pores, improve overall firmness, and bring back the glow are glycolic and lactic acid. Start off peeling no more than once a week. Never do a peel on the same day as microdermabrasion. This can cause serious irritation.
Look for microdermabrasion creams with very fine granules. Avoid any dermabrasion product that contains coarse particles, such as apricot shell, that can scratch the skin. The object is to micropolish the skin without scratching or irritating it.
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