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Microdermabrasion as an Alternative to Facelifts

Aug 17, 2007
If you are looking for a way to get a sort of "facelift," without having to deal with the inconveniences and invasiveness of things like plastic/cosmetic surgery, Botox injections, and chemical peels, microdermabrasion may be the thing for you. This is a treatment that many in Hollywood have been using for quite sometime, but that recently began making a move into mainstream. You can get a microdermabrasion treatment in a variety of places: the spa, your dermatologist, and even in your own bathroom. Different tools and products are used to get rid of the uppermost layer of your skin and expose the newer skin beneath.

For the most part, microdermabrasion works with the help of tiny, rough grains. Some of these are crystals (which are often used in spa and dermatologist treatments) and some of them are miniscule grains that look a lot like sand (usually in facial scrubs you use at home). No matter which method is used, however, you will find that microdermabrasion works the same way, no matter where you have it done.

Your skin actually exists in many layers. The top layers are called the epidermis, and the lower layers are known as the dermis. However, the outer part of the epidermis has its own name: the stratum corneum. This layer acts to protect all of the layers of skin below from the ravages practiced by the world. Pollution, chemicals, and make-up can all affect the skin and how it looks. Eventually the stratum corneum looks rough, dull, and old. However, simply face washing is not enough to slough off this layer of skin. Something more vigorous is need to get the skin off. This is where microdermabrasion comes in. All of that dead, unattractive skin is removed with the help of these tiny particles.

When the dead skin is removed, the entire layer, a new layer is revealed beneath. This new layer is healthy, young, and bright. The dullness gives way. Additionally, this outer layer of skin is often the one on which blemishes appear. Wrinkles and age spots make their homes in the stratum corneum. When this layer sloughs off, the appearance of such blemishes is reduced. This can help you look longer, and help your face look smoother.

Additionally, this process of microdermabrasion can be used on other places on the body. Your hands, feet, chest, and neck can all benefit from this technique. Instead of rough, cracked hands, you can reduce the look by getting rid of the top layer of skin. However, it is important to use moisturizer after this sort of microdermabrasion treatment. This way you can replenish the lost water. This is especially important when you have used microdermabrasion on the face. You can look years younger and healthier when you take advantage of this non-invasive way to improve the quality and look of your skin. Whether you go to a professional to receive treatment, or whether you take care of it yourself in the bathroom, microdermabrasion can help you look and feel years younger.
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