Something I've recently been trying is the PMD Personal Microderm System. Not heard of this before? Well, it's a little device designed to give you a microdermabrasion facial at home. I've had microdermabrasion facials in the past, and I'm fully up to speed on how beneficial this type of skincare routine is. The idea of microdermabrasion is that you're using a crystallised surface or device to gently remove the top layer of skin. This is because the outermost layer of your skin is made up of dry and dead skin cells that would otherwise just sit on your face. *bleugh* The result of this can be any manner of skin problems including adding to breakouts, making the appearance of wrinkles, lines and scars much worse and generally not allow your skin to be at it's healthiest. Good microdermabrasion removes that horrible top layer to give you healthier looking and feeling skin.
So when I heard about PMD, I was really excited to try their device. Could I really find a more cost effective alternative to those expensive facials I used to love?
When the package arrived, I must admit I was a bit dubious. There's various different heads (discs) to choose from depending on your skin type and where on your body you'll be using them, and there was a few other different parts to the device that altogether made me panic. But it comes with a DVD and full instructions which help to explain what everything's for and how it should/shouldn't be used. After watching the DVD I felt a lot more reassured at how to use the device, and confident enough to give it a try. It's really simple, and even if you've never had a facial (of any sort) you'll still find it really simple to use.
After selecting your disc, the way to use the device is to move it over your skin, working from the centre outwards. The idea is that the clear vacum at the top, sucks up your skin, while the disc inside rotates to buff away the top layer of skin cells. It sounds daunting, but it's not. And now that I've been using this for a month, the best tip I can give you is to go quite quickly, moving in straight lines across your face. Don't do it slowly, if you do, you'll feel why!
The experience isn't a painful one, it's not even uncomfortable - it's just a different sensation. If you exfoliate at all, then it's like a more concentrated feeling of that. Really nothing to worry about. After you've done your face, your skin will feel a bit raw, again, not in a painful way, but just in a 'brand-new-skin-cells-are-
exposed way - which is to be expected. For this reason, I usually use mine in the evenings, I don't feel comfortable putting my creams on or a full face of make-up straight afterwards, although you can if you want to. The method of using the device is really easy - it's shaped perfectly to hold and move over your skin and I can't fault the design at all because it makes the whole process really easy.
Once you get used to the sensation and you get used to using the PMD device, then you get quicker and the whole process only needs to take 5-10 minutes. Not bad for a facial at home right?
So, I've been using it once a week for a month now. My skin is generally quite good, but verging on oily, which when I'm stressed, or experience my monthly visitor, means I am prone to break outs. Which really drives me crazy. I guess I was hoping that my PMD Personal Microderm would help to eliminate these breakouts and help to balance my skin out the rest of the time. I've been especially aware that my skin is uneven in tone, and I think this is down to my face looking dehydrated and generally in need of some TLC. After four treatments, my skin is already feeling much healthier. I also recently started using a new facial oil which is fantastic, but I genuinely don't think it would have worked as well, had it not been for my PMD 'prepping' my skin surface.
My face feels softer and more clear. I don't feel like it's clogged up - which is weird because before I used the PMD, I didn't feel my skin was clogged at all. You never do...until you unclog it, and feel the difference! I'd forgotten how good a microdermabrasion facial feels!
As a treatment, microdermabrasion is designed to increase blood flow and stimulate the skins natural ability to produce collagen and elastin - which is the scientific way of saying your skin should look plumper, more radiant and feel healthy... All of which mine does.
For something that takes me less than 10 minutes a week, I'm now using this as part of my regular beauty regime. I might not feel like I've had a full facial (but that's because you're doing it yourself, rather than paying someone to give you the pampered experience) but I do absolutely feel like I'm giving myself the best skin foundation for the rest of my beauty regime - from skin care creams and lotions, right through to make-up. Everything just feels so much better...even my make up feels like it sits on my skin better now.
Cost wise a PMD Personal Microderm costs £164. For this you get your own device and multiple discs to choose from, which covers full use for face and body. This means you can use the device everywhere you want to see the benefits of better looking skin. (My Mum wants one for her neck.) When you work out that a Microdermabrasion facial will cost between £50+, it's more cost effective to have the PMD Personal Microderm, as within a short time you're already saved yourself money and still have years of usage to go.
Replacement discs are easily purchased on the PMD website, as after 3-4 uses, the discs feels less coarse and need replacing, but even then, you're only looking at a small regular cost.
I'm really happy with the results and feel like I've got myself something that I used to spend insane amounts of money on, and results that are equally on par with the salon treatments. No, I might not feel quite so indulgent, but that's because I'm doing it myself. Other than that though, the results are subtle but lovely and my skin feels fresher and cleaner - and ready for the spring and summer months when I generally struggle with my oily skin anyway. I'm really looking forward to seeing the results of continued usage over the next few months, but for now, I can already say that I'm recommending PMD to all my friends who want to invest in looking after their skin.