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Brighten up and refresh your skin

Brighten up and refresh your skinImage Credit: Supplied

A microdermabrasion session can, not only brighten and refresh your skin instantly, but can also make you look your best.

Still considered a gold standard skin rejuvenating treatment, this ''quick fix'' was developed in Europe. It simultaneously combines cleansing, exfoliation and hydration, and works to improve the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, congested and enlarged pores, oily or acne-prone skin, hyper pigmentation and brown spots.

Microdermabrasion involves the use of a hand-held vacuum alongside a hand piece that sprays a fine mist of very fine aluminium oxide crystals on the skin's surface.

As dead cells are being removed, the vacuum suction gradually gets rid of this outer layer of dead skin. The mild abrasive action of the crystals may be used all over the body and face, and with different pressure levels according to the condition of the skin.

After treatment, there may be redness and soreness and you may feel the worst on the second day after treatment. For discomfort, simply splash on some water or use an ice pack to help ease the pain and swelling.

It is important to have microdermabrasion done by a licensed and experienced aesthetician as the results of the treatment are highly dependent on the person's level of expertise and technical skills. A bad technique can lead to minor abrasions, irritations, and even bleeding if the treatment was too aggressive.

Microdermabrasion can be done as a one-time session or in a series of packages, depending upon your skin. The end result is a quick, relatively pain-free treatment that will make you look refreshed and raring to go.

Handy Hints:

• Sun exposure not good on newly-polished skin.

• A high SPF sunblock is mandatory after treatment.

• Don’t use products with AHAs, antibacterial soaps.

Source: Special to Classifieds