Winter can be cruel to our skin. Between icy cold winds, blasting heaters, and dry winter air, these months can leave our skin dry, itchy, flaky and red. The fix? Exfoliation and hydration. While scrubs are good for gentle exfoliation, occasionally you need to pull out the big guns to give your skin a fresh start. Luckily, you don't need to make a derm appointment for microdermabrasion any more. At-home devices that rival in-office treatments let you reveal brighter, fresher skin while softening lines and wrinkles, eliminating sunspots and discoloration, and helping your serums and lotions sink in better - all from the comfort of your own bathroom.
What is Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive exfoliation technique that gently removes the outer layers of skin. It provides more exfoliation than a scrub or wash cloth, but not as much as a laser or chemical peel. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, microdermabrasion is gentle, requires little if any downtime, and is safe for all skin types. One of my favorite things about microdermabrasion is that is treats a wide range of skin concerns - from sunspots and fine lines to dullness and uneven texture.
Plus it can even improve the effectiveness of your anti-aging products since once you get off all the gunk and dead skin off your face, your anti-aging creams, serums and lotions can all penetrate your skin more easily.
Microderm treatments are one of the top five non-surgical procedures in the U.S. with a single treatment at a dermatologist's office costing usually between $100-$150, but potentially up to $500 depending on where you live!
So instead of paying $150 for a one-time treatment, why not spend that money on an at-home microderm device that will gives you dozens and dozens of treatments? I've been adding a microderm treatment once a week into my beauty routine and have definitely noticed a difference in my skin's texture, brightness, and how my makeup goes on.
Here are four at-home microderm devices I've given a try.
Trophy Skin MiniMD Microdermabrasion System - Looking for the most affordable at-home microderm options? Try the MiniMD device from Trophy Skin. At just under $100, it still offers a handful of features in a compact, portable, at-home microderm device. The MiniMD only offers two suction levels and does need to be plugged in while you use it, but these are small inconveniences for the price and effectiveness. You do need to use a new filter each time you use it and while the kit comes with 30, you may want to add on additional filters. I love how lightweight it is and how little counterspace you need to sacrifice. BUY: $99.99 on Amazon
Riiviva - This handheld microderm devices uses diamond tips and suction to exfoliate and polish your skin. The Riiviva has three levels of suction (low, medium, high) and varying levels of coarseness on their patent-pending, interchangeable “free rotation” diamond tips. One of my favorite things about the Riiviva is that you can use it plugged in or charge it up and use it cord-free. The variety of suction levels and tips lets you find a set up to match your skin sensitivity. You do need to insert a new filter disc each time you use the device that catches all the dead skin you're removing. The Basic Face collection comes with the Riiviva device, a medium diamond tip, 50 filters and tweezers plus a travel bag, charger or serum. They also have other tips and serums designed for the body, acne-prone skin, cellulite and more. BUY: $179 on Amazon
Trophy Skin MicrodermMD Home Microdermabrasion Machine - I admit, this is not an intro model if you've never tried microderm before. But if you've had a professional treatment or two or have tried another at-home device, you may want to invest in this bad boy: Trophy Skin's Home Microderm Machine. In addition to the diamond tip, this kit also includes a pore extraction tip for getting rid of blackheads and an Infusion tip that is designed to help infuse creams and serums into the skin. This machine has 8 levels of suction, but my favorite feature is the Auto Mode that guides you through a whole face treatment, adjusting both the time and suction level appropriately to each section of the face. You simply follow along the guide and it makes sure that you don't spend too long on one part of your face or use a suction level that is too hard. It does take up more counter space, but I can't stop raving about it! Even my parents tried it out during a recent visit, and my dad was amazed to get a bothersome age spot off his the back of his hand with one treatment! BUY: $299 on Amazon
PMD Personal Microderm - Another popular at-home microderm option is the PMD Personal Microderm. Unlike the other devices which have diamond tips, the PMD uses "patented spinning disc technology" along with suction to smooth your skin. The basic device comes with a collection of discs of varying coarsenesses as well as two different sizes - small for face and large for the body. While the PMD seems to have lots of believers, I personally wasn't a fan. I didn't like that you have to replace the disc so often (each one only lasts for 3-4 treatments) and that you have to press the device fairly hard against your skin to get the suction to work. BUY: $159 on Amazon
For all of these at-home devices, it is vital to read the manual and watch any explanatory how-to videos before using them to ensure you don't misuse the product and potentially injure your skin. But once you get it down, you will be rewarded with a glowing, brighter, flake-free face. What winter skin?
Have you tried microdermabrasion before?
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