If you’ve decided to take better care of your skin this year – and January is a time making that kind of fresh start – then you might have already found yourself grappling with the confusing menu of treatments in a salon or aestheticians. If you’re new to this world it can be hard to know what to do for the best. That’s where we come in. Today we’re taking a dive into microdermabrasion: benefits and drawbacks, what treatments are really like, and if it’s right for you.

What Does Microdermabrasion Do?

Microdermabrasion is essentially an intensive form of exfoliation. For those who aren’t clear on what exfoliation is, precisely, it’s the removal of dry and dead skin, as well as particles of dirt and pollutants, and excess oil stuck on the outer layers of your skin.

You need to clear this build away from time to time – if you have some problems with dry skin it can be a great solution that clears away the problem, exposing fresher, healthier layers of skin.

There’s a limit to what you can achieve with exfoliation at home, just by using a scrub. Microdermabrasion brings you into a salon or clinical setting, and it can do more for your skin, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines as well as dry skin, as well as clogged pores, and uneven pigmentation.

How Does It Work?

When you go in for a microdermabrasion treatment, you’ll be encouraged to relax in a treatment chair – it doesn’t require any kind of local or general anaesthetic or numbing. It might feel a little uncomfortable both during and after, when your skin feels tight, but it shouldn’t be painful.

The clinician or skincare professional will use a machine to abrade the outer layer of your skin away with a stream of small particles – like tiny, artificial fragments of sand. It only takes off a layer a few cells deep, so there’s no risk of harm,

Why Does It Work?

As your skin heals this ‘injury’ it stimulates blood flow and collagen production. It ‘heals’ looking healthier and plumper than before. That’s one of the reasons microdermabrasion is so popular – it’s a non-invasive way to stimulate your body’s own abilities to look better and feel better too.

Is it for You?

Everyone’s different and microdermabrasion could be a good fit for you, or something to avoid. The important thing is to do your research and discuss it with a professional. Depending on your skin type and your precise needs, microdermabrasion could be just what you need!