No matter what method you employ, skin rejuvenation techniques tend to have the same goals: to remove impurities and dead skin cells while restoring youthful vitality, smoothness, and a healthy glow to your skin. One of the more tried-and-true approaches to youthful revitalization is microdermabrasion, also known as “skin polishing” or “the lunchtime peel” due to how it can be performed in just 30 minutes. The treatment is a controlled form of exfoliation that uses diamonds to remove dead skin and free the underlying, younger layer beneath.
The Science behind Microdermabrasion
The topmost layer of your skin, known as the “stratum corneum” does a good job of doing skin-things but, like any veteran, tends to accumulate battle scars in the form of various blemishes, fine lines, and wrinkles. Some of these effects are limited to the upper layers of the skin or the stratum corneum alone, meaning that if this uppermost, dead layer of skin is removed, the younger replacement will either not have these marks or will have lesser versions of them. As an added bonus, removing the dead skin cells allows moisturizers, creams, and vitamin solutions to penetrate and affect your skin better.
Microdermabrasion, as mentioned above, is a method of exfoliating the skin to remove dead skin cells on this outer layer. The treatment accomplishes this through gently combining the polishing action of diamond chips and the cleaning action of a vacuum. This dislodges the dead skin cells and allows them to be sucked up. What’s left over is the underlying, youthful layer of skin.
Getting Smoother Skin Texture with Microdermabrasion
The primary goal of microdermabrasion is skin rejuvenation through the removal of dead cells. Out with the old and in with the new, as it were. Although microdermabrasion can’t actually remove hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, blemishes or acne scars—those are better treated with Laser Spectra Peel or PRP—it can leave your skin looking and feeling younger since it lacks the “roughness” that comes with a history of being exposed to the elements. It is also much more receptive to nutrient solutions, moisturizers, and other facial products. As a result, it is standard practice with microdermabrasion to follow the treatment up with a hydrating or nourishing mask, followed by a nutritious moisturizing solution to give your fresh skin the jump start it needs to stay supple and smooth as long as possible.
Quick Aftercare Tips
In the days immediately following a microdermabrasion treatment, it is highly important that you follow proper aftercare in order to maintain your newly rejuvenated skin. Your stratum corneum is now younger and smoother, but it will also take a short time for it to build up the same defences against things like sunlight. Here is some useful info as well as tips to keep your new skin looking and feeling great:
• Sunlight will slow the recovery process and your skin will be more susceptible to sunburns for about a week following treatment. Avoid going outside and, if you do, use sunscreen.
• There will be redness and sometimes a bit of swelling. This is normal and will fade after a few days at most. Don’t panic.
• Keep your hands to yourself! As tempting as it is to feel how smooth your rejuvenated skin is, remember that it will be somewhat raw and sensitive for a few days as it adjusts to being exposed.
• For similar reasons to the above, you should refrain from scrubbing or dragging cloths over your face when you dry yourself. Use as soft a cloth as possible and pat-dry only until the redness goes away.
• The new skin is going to be thirsty, so it is important to gently moisturize each day for about a week, even if it’s not normally part of your regime. Again, use a soft cloth when doing this.
Effective Skin Rejuvenation
Formerly the domain of Hollywood stars, microdermabrasion treatments have become far more accessible to mainstream society and have been a welcome addition to the skincare arsenal. At the Anti Aging Toronto Clinic, we use the most advanced form of microdermabrasion with diamond chips to ensure minimal discomfort during the procedure and minimize trauma to the skin as much as possible. Feel free to contact us by phone at 416-546-4664 or by email at info@AntiAgingToronto.ca to arrange an appointment for this tried-and-proven skin rejuvenation technique. Our skincare specialists are also more than happy to answer any queries or offer you a tour of our Toronto facilities.