Microdermabrasion Guide For Spas

Microdermabrasion Guide For Spas

Are you looking for a way to refresh and rejuvenate your skin? Well, it may be time to add microdermabrasion to your list of skin care treatments. Microdermabrasion is a non-invasive manual skin exfoliation treatment that has a far lower risk than laser resurfacing or chemical peels. Recovery is much faster too. Read on to learn about the benefits of microdermabrasion and why it could be the perfect addition to your spa experience.

What is microdermabrasion?

Our skin is made up of the dermis (inner layer) and the epidermis (outer layer). The outer layer of the skin contains our concerns, like wrinkles, dark spots or dull texture. Microdermabrasion exfoliates the outer layer of the skin to reduce these skin issues and give us a brighter-looking complexion.

The two types of microdermabrasion include crystal microdermabrasion and diamond microdermabrasion. As Verywellhealth.com explains, crystal microdermabrasion is when microcrystals are used to remove dead skin cells and rejuvenate the skin. Crystals are shot from a small tube onto the skin and then vacuumed back up. In comparison, diamond microdermabrasion uses a device with a diamond-coated wand to exfoliate before suctioning away dead cells from the surface of the skin. Either method of microdermabrasion should improve a client’s skin so that it is smoother, with fewer visible acne scars and a reduced appearance of wrinkles.

The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) estimate that the procedure takes 20 minutes for the neck and 30–40 minutes for the face. Some even offer this treatment for the body, so the treatment times can vary. Microdermabrasion is usually performed in a series of six treatments, two to three weeks apart.

Let’s dive deeper into the benefits.

Benefits of microdermabrasion

This quick and painless resurfacing treatment exfoliates dead skin cells and stimulates blood flow and collagen growth. The increased blood flow carries more oxygen to the skin, creating a youthful-looking complexion. This treatment also helps to fade spots, fine lines and acne scars, with the effects lasting for a month. However, the results depend on the age of the client and how well their skin reacts to the treatment.

Because microdermabrasion is a non-invasive treatment, no downtime is needed for recovery. It’s considered very safe for the skin, face and body.

You can offer microdermabrasion to clients that are concerned with the following:

  • Dark spots
  • Melasma
  • Scars
  • Uneven skin texture
  • Dull Complexion
  • Fine lines
  • Stretch marks

Microdermabrasion should be avoided if the client has irritated skin, acne or active breakouts, or if the client has had recent invasive procedures or injectable cosmetic treatments.

What is the process of a microdermabrasion treatment?

Step 1: Consultation

Firstly, have a consultation with your therapist to discuss your skin issues, previous skin treatments and the products you use.

Step 2: Cleaning

The treatment must be performed on clean skin. Even if you have cleansed their skin, your therapist should perform a cleanse to ensure all the dirt, grime and makeup have been removed properly.

Step 3: Eye Covering

Your therapist should provide sunglasses to protect your eyes from bright lights during the process.

Step 4: Perform the treatment 

The microdermabrasion hand-held device will remove the top layer of the skin and get rid of dead skin cells. Your therapist will work in sections of the entire face, neck or other areas treated. This should help achieve a healthier-looking complexion.

Step 5: Moisturiser

After treatment, the skin can appear red and irritated. Applying moisturiser to the skin will calm and protect the area. This can be tailored to each individual’s skin type. 

Aftercare instructions

  • Avoid waxing 48 hours before or seven days following a treatment. 
  • No laser hair removal/IPL treatments can be performed on the face or treated area.
  • After the treatment, do not use sun beds or swim in heavily chlorinated water for at least two weeks.
  • After the procedure, refrain from using potentially irritating facial products like alpha hydroxy acids, retinoid products or fragranced creams and lotions.
  • Avoid chemical peel treatments a few weeks before and after treatment.
  • Common side effects include slight swelling, redness or sunburn-like symptoms that may last a few days. 

Aftercare products

Our Product Support Representatives have recommended some gentle products that you can use before and after microdermabrasion. Suitable for all skin types, you can cleanse the skin with the Stone Crop Gel Wash to wash away impurities from your complexion. 

A moisturiser for all skin types is the Arctic Berry Peptide Radiance Cream. This cream has a blend of four antioxidant-rich plants and lingonberry seed oil to help to replenish the skin’s moisture. 

If you’d like to apply a soothing mask, the Stone Crop Masque is suitable for all skin types. Stone crop is a hydrating and nourishing ingredient that will even out the look of skin tone and texture.

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