Microdermabrasion: Product Vs. Treatment

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If you’re looking to exfoliate dry skin or buff away discoloration, microdermabrasion is your quickest, best bet. But with so many exfoliating products hitting the market, a dull diva has to wonder: Do at-home microdermabrasion products work as well as in-office treatments?

That’s where we come in. Or really, where New York aesthetician Joanna Vargas lends a helping hand. First, it’s important to know exactly what a microdermabrasion treatment is. It’s basically where a diamond- or bristle-tip head lightly buffs the skin, lifting away dead skin cells. The process accelerates the rate at which dead skin cells exfoliate to jump-start the proliferation of new skin cells. Your dermatologist or aesthetician may recommend a series of microdermabrasion treatments, which can treat hyperpigmentation, sun-damaged spots, dryness, fine lines and wrinkles, and even minor acne scars. It’s usually recommended to be done every few weeks to every two or three months, depending on your skin.

So can at-home microdermabrasion match up to the beautifying benefits of the treatment? Both the treatment and product are effective, but you might see results quicker with professional microdermabrasion only because of how fast the machine can remove dead skin, says Vargas.

If you’re in the market for an at-home option, try ReVersital Skin Care Microderma Stick ($90). It’s a three-in-one formula that acts as a moisturizer, cleanser, and microdermabrasion system with resurfacing crystals to lift away dead skin. Although, we couldn’t see an immediate difference in fine lines, our complexion did have a nice glow to it.

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