Friday, 3 February 2017
Microdermabrasion at Home: PMD Personal Microderm Review*
Microdermabrasion is something I have wanted to have done for years, I always thought it was a salon only treatment and it was just something I never got round to getting done! When I was contacted to try out the PMD Personal Microderm device I was so excited, I knew it would be perfect for my oily, blemish prone skin! Plus, finally a way to try out microdermabrasion without leaving the house!
What is the PMD Personal Microderm and Microdermabrasion?
The PMD Personal Microderm is the purple and white gadget pictured above, it replicates the tools used in spas and salons offering Microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion is basically a treatment that removes a layer of the skin which in turn improves many common skin issues such as light scaring, clogged pores and acne.
How it works
The PMD Beauty website and information that comes with the PMD does an amazing job at explaining everything in detail, literally every question I had about using this I could find the answer easily. The PMD has a vacuum suction (definitely not as scary as it sounds), which brings the skin and the exfoliating disk in contact. Moving across the face the disk removes a layer of the skin, there are different disks which means both a light or more powerful exfoliation can be achieved. I have been using this once a week for 8 weeks, and of-course I've been using an SPF alongside it.
As advised I started with the least exfoliating disk first. I actually used the Magnitone before using this which I love, but I stopped using that to start using the PMD. Honestly I have quite tough skin, not sensitive in the slightest. I noticed that using the disk for ultra-sensitive skin didn't really do much for me, although I think it's amazing to have as part of the kit to build the skin up for more intense exfoliation.
I decided to move onto using the blue disk which is still for sensitive skin but has just a little more power. I definitely noticed a difference using this, my skin felt much soft and the products I used the same evening seemed to work much better.
Again, I used the blue disk in week 3. I had pretty much the same results as week 2. Although, this was around Christmas and my skin didn't take too kindly to all of the chocolate and lack of veg I was having. One thing that is kind of irritating is that this cannot be used over blemishes. I feel like a lot of people wanting this kind of treatment may have acne or active spots, I know that I do around my chin area so this wasn't too useful for clearing that up.
Week 4 and 5
After seeing some results but nothing spectacular after the first 4 weeks I decided to move onto using the green disk. The green disk was probably the game changer for me, products absorbed into my skin much easier and my skin had such a radiant glow the next morning. In terms of blackheads, enlarged pores and blemishes which are main skin concerns there still wasn't much difference. However my skin definetly did look clear and felt soft.
Week 6, 7 and 8
I remember having pretty good skin weeks during this time. This device definitely improved the appearance of blemish scaring on my skin, and my skin has been feeling much more hydrated than usual which is one of the main reasons I love this product as everything I use afterwards seems to work 10x better.
I decided not to go any more intense than the medium green disk, as I do wonder how abrasive the red disk is and whether it should be something used at home instead of by a professional. Going to a professional to have Microdermabrasion treatment is so expensive, and although I can't do a direct comparison I feel like this device does a similar job. This retails at £135, so certainly a skincare investment but it's definitely going to be something I continue to use whenever I feel like my skin needs a more intensive exfoliation. Harrods actually stocks PMD which put me at ease, I think that says a lot about the brand!
Have you tried Microdermabrasion?
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