A couple weeks ago, I was contacted by SkinCareRx.com for a chance to review the Personal Microderm System -- a home microdermabrasion machine. I was really excited because this product would not have came in my life at a better time. With wedding on the way in a few weeks, I was more than happy to give my skin a major boost to help me achieve a radiant, glowy complexion for my Big Day.
Microdermabrasion is a painless skin resurfacing procedure that uses usually aluminum oxide crystals to gently polish the top layer of the skin to get rid of dead skin cells, in order to reveal a new fresh layer of skin underneath. Doing so could help skin to look healthier, luminous, and younger. The procedure claims to help get rid of age spot, acne scars, reduce fine lines and winkles.
Although the concept of microdermabrasion is not unheard of by me, I have never personally tried microdermabrasion before. So you can imagine my excitement when I received my Personal Microderm.
Besides at-home kits like the Personal Microderm, you could also get microdermabrasion at spas, salons, or the doctor's office. I was curious about how much the procedure would cost to have it done professionally by someone else. At a salon or spa, one treatment usually costs around $75 to $200, and at a doctor's office, generally around $100 to $300 for one treatment (Reference: skinabrasion.net). On the other hand, the Personal Microderm costs $179 for the whole kit, which includes 6 exfoliating discs. Each disc could be used for at least 2 to 3 treatments, and replacement discs are only $14.99 for a pack of 6. In comparison, the Personal Microderm is a much more cost effective way to try out microdermabrasion, especially for someone who's new to the concept like me, to get a feel of what it is like.
The Personal Microderm System is very easy and quick to use. Inside of the box comes with an instruction sheet and an instruction CD. It is highly advisable for you to watch the video first before you start trying the product out to learn the proper way of usage and avoid damage to your delicate skin!
To use, you just have to plug in the power cord, place the reusable filter in, then place the exfoliating disc and screw on the cap. Use the smaller exfoliating disc for the face, especially areas around the nose and lips where it'd be difficult to reach with the larger disc. The blue discs are more sensitive than the green ones, so always use the blue ones for the face, and you can use either the green or the blue for the body, depending on your need.
You need to start off with a clean face/body, so the best time to use the Personal Microderm is after shower or bath. Take the fingers on your other hand to tightening up the area on your skin that you are treating. Stroke in one direction away from the face, and don't go over any areas more than once. Also, don't go over the cheek bones or underneath eyebrows near the delicate eye area, as the skin in that area is too sensitive.
When the Personal Microderm pass through your skin, you'd feel a light suction as the vacuum holds in contact with the skin and sucks away any dead skin flakes from the microdermabrasion process. With the right amount of pressure, it doesn't hurt my face at all, but there is a slight stingy sensation in the more sensitive areas such as my cheek bones and around the lips.
It is recommended to use the system every 5 to 7 days. So far I've used the product twice already, on both my face and my arms. I used the green disc on my arms, concentrating on the rougher elbow areas. It was a bit hard to create the proper suction and achieve abrasion around my elbows because the bones were in the way, even with the smaller disc. But the second time I used it, I asked fiance to help me stretch my skin while I laid my arm out flat, and it worked out better. I loved how soft my arms felt after wards. On my face, I used the small blue sensitive disc. It is really effective in getting rid of dead skin cells, and it's such a satisfying feeling to see the white flakes trapped in the clear cap as you are doing your microdermabrasion. Immediately after use, I noticed that my face felt so smooth! I've also noticed that my acne scars are lightening up at an even faster speed now that I have started doing microdermabrasion at home. The scars on my right cheek from that bad cystic acne breakout earlier this summer is almost not noticeable anymore, and I am ecstatic about the result! Over time, I am confident that it will help to refine my skin texture, and I can only imagine what my skin will be like after continued usage.
I am so happy to have discovered the Personal Microderm System, just in time before my wedding so that I will be guaranteed to have glowy skin on the Big Day. It is so convenient to use, and not bulky so very travel friendly. I plan on using it once a week from now on whenever my skin needs a pick me up, so that I can constantly give my skin that refreshed look and feel. Who doesn't want smother, clearer complexion?
I was also given samples of the M2 Skin Refinish serum and the Skin Recovery Moisturizer, which can be used in conjunction with the Personal Microderm treatment. Because of the acidic ingredients in the M2 Skin Refinish, I don't use it right after the microdermabrasion treatment for fear of that painful stingy sensation. I use it the night before I know I will have a treatment, then the night after. On the night of treatment I just use my normal moisturizer afterwards. I really like the Skin Refinish and the Skin Recovery Moisturizer, they are both light in consistency and non-greasy. Since I have started using the Personal Microderm and these two products, I have not broken out and I am very satisfied with the result.
I highly recommend you to give this a try if you want to do inexpensive microdermabrasion treatment by yourself at home. Or if you are someone who goes to the spa or dermatologist to have professional microdermabrasion done, then this kit could still be useful to you to use in between visits as a quick skin pick-me-up.
Good news! For a limited time only, SkinCareRx.com is offering a 15% off the Personal Microderm coupon to all my readers -- that's nearly $30 off of the original price! The coupon expires on September 27th and is case sensitive. This is such a great deal because your order will also qualify for free shipping, you won't ever find the Personal Microderm cheaper than this!
The Coupon Code is: LuluMicro15
Thanks to SkinCareRx.com for offering me such a great gadget to try, and now I am hooked!
Disclaimer: The product was sent to me for review purpose from SkinCareRx.com. I am not compensated for this review, and am not affiliated with the company. The above are my honest opinions based on my experience with the product.