I don’t know about you, but I winced when I read about poor Sophie Anderton having to have intensive repair facials after she over-did the microdermabrasion treatments recently. I’ve never been brave enough to try the spa version of microdermabrasion, and I certainly wouldn’t risk trying one of the home kits as my skin is blessed with the ability to turn red and blotchy at the mere sniff of an allergen it doesn’t like.
Sophie is fine now, the damage wasn’t permanent, and although she had her treatments carried out by professionals, she says she was ‘addicted’ to the facials and simply had too many. Microdermabrasion is a great treatment if it’s done properly, and can make your skin look pretty great. Tiny crystals (sometimes diamonds) are blasted across your face to list off the top layer of old, dead skin, which leaves the layer underneath all peachy and new. It can be the perfect addition to a spa break as many of the bigger spa resorts and some of the hotel spas have fully trained therapists who can safely carry out microdermabrasion.
The problems it can cause, if you have it done badly, don’t follow advice, or have too many sessions, are that it can sensitise your skin, as well as causing pigmentation and blotches. Removing the top layer of skin means that your skin can’t repel UV rays, even with SPF as there’s quite literally nothing there for the sun screen to stick to!
Of course, the golden rule is to only have a facial treatment like this carried out by someone who really knows what they are doing. Stick to a well-known, reputable spa, a medi-spa like The Spa at City Point or Casa Spa in London, or a salon where the beauty therapists are experienced and qualified, and if you’re not sure, don’t be afraid to ask for certificates before you trust your delicate facial skin to their willing hands. I’m still not brave enough to try it. I think I’ll stick to the facials with pretty names and essential oils until I get a bit older!