Monday, July 18th 2016 Skincare
I was lucky enough to win a voucher for a microdermabrasion treatment at Caci Clinic via a giveaway from Rose and Thorne. I had heard great things about microdermabrasion previously but never quite understood what was involved, so I was quite excited. I had my treatment and complimentary skin consulation at Caci Clinic Milford a couple of weeks ago. People on social media seemed very curious about microdermabrasion, and peppered me with questions about it. This post is about my experience of having microdermabrasion, as well as some research I’ve done into the microdermabrasion procedure.
First I had a skin consultation with a staff member. I filled in a survey about my skin, and any concerns that I have, primarily acne and skin texture. Then we discussed what I’m currently using on my skin, and which treatment programs they would recommend. They all sounded fantastic, but there’s no way I can commit to spending $150 a month on facial treatments. Maybe one day when I’m rich, but not at the moment when I’m a receptionist!
Next came the microdermabrasion session. I went into a treatment room, and made myself comfortable on the bed. The beginning was like a standard facial, she gently removed my makeup and prepared it for the treatment.
I’m going to do this next section in a question-and-answer format because I got a lot of questions about microdermabrasion and it’s easier to explain it all in this way.
What is microdermabrasion?
“Microdermabrasion is a process that uses a spray of microcrystals to remove the outermost layer of dry, dead skin cell” (How Stuff Works) In super layman’s terms, it’s an intense form of exfoliation. The machine sprays microcrystals at your skin, sort of how a sand blaster works but much less aggressive.
Does it hurt?
The beauty therapist warned me it might be slightly uncomfortable, but it was totally fine. It felt a bit scratchy, and that was about it. After the microdermabrasion she extracted a couple of milia (little keratin cysts that look like white bumps) and that is what made me wince for a second or two.
How much does it cost?
At Caci it is $100, but there is a promotion at the moment where it’s $50 if you get a skin consultation. I did some research and in my local area prices range from $85-100 for a microdermabrasion session.
How long does it take?
My appointment took 30 minutes – the beauty therapist said some people even get it done in their lunch break.
How often should you get microdermabrasion?
I didn’t know the answer to this question, but I did some research to find out. The Acne Foundation says that people often start with weekly treatments to get their skin in good condition, and then have monthly maintenance sessions.
What are the results like?
Immediately afterwards my skin felt amazing. It was a bit red from the extractions, but it wasn’t terrible. My coworker had predicted before I went that my skin would be red-raw afterwards but she was definitely wrong. It felt really smooth, and it was so hard to keep from rubbing my hands all over it. Over the next couple of weeks my skin was a lot clearer than usual.
I really wish I could get it done more regularly but unfortunately I have to prioritise boring things like rent and bills. I’d love to get microdermabrasion done on my whole body to scrub away all of my keratosis pilaris..
Thanks so much to Rose and Thorne for running the giveaway (side note, they make my absolute favourites bras) and Caci Clinic, particularly the lovely staff at the Milford clinic. Hopefully I will be able to come in for another treatment sometime soon.
Have you ever had microdermabrasion? What did you think of it?