What is Microdermabrasion?
At its core, microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure that uses an abrasive surface to gently exfoliate and sand away dead cells from the surface of your skin.
And like all exfoliation efforts, the goal of microdermabrasion is to reduce the appearance of sun damage, wrinkles, stretch marks, acne scarring, and any other type of skin blemish that you might be battling.
However, microdermabrasion is more than just your run-of-the-mill skin procedure: microdermabrasion is the procedure for improving the quality and appearance of your skin, and with Vanity Planet’s personal microdermabrasion wand, Exfora, beauty enthusiasts can get a professional, microdermabrasion therapy session in the comfort of their home.
In this article, we will cover all the wonderful benefits that microdermabrasion can provide and why you should choose Vanity Planet for all your skin and hair care needs.
Microdermabrasion vs. Exfoliation: What’s the Difference?
While microdermabrasion might sound a lot like regular exfoliation techniques, there are some important differences between these two procedures.
First, exfoliation usually encompasses a variety of hand-held, non-mechanical tools such as brushes, pumices stones, and also abrasive cleansing creams.
On the other hand, microdermabrasion is always a mechanical form of exfoliation, which comes in one of two forms: Diamond Microdermabrasion and Crystal Dermabrasion.
In diamond microdermabrasion procedures, a diamond-tip applicator makes direct contact with your face and exfoliates your skin, removing dead skin cells and other impurities. While this is occurring, the exfoliated particles are suctioned into the microdermabrasion device.
Crystal dermabrasion works in a similar fashion, but instead of a diamond-tip applicator, tiny crystals are sprayed onto the surface of the skin at a relatively high velocity. The impact of these crystals on the skin produces the exfoliation effect and like diamond microdermabrasion procedures, the dead skin cells are then suctioned away.
Finally, even though both microdermabrasion and exfoliation work to improve skin complexion, it’s only the suction of microdermabrasion that improves skin circulation, meaning that this process tends to produce better results.
Because with improved circulation, skin cells can absorb far more oxygen and nutrients than they normally would, which improves the condition and elasticity of your skin, making it look younger, healthier and more beautiful than before.
Microdermabrasion Benefits & Effects
Microdermabrasion procedures can provide several important benefits, including:
- Reduces the appearance of wrinkles
- Reduces the appearance of stretch marks
- Masks uneven skin tones
- Improves melasma
- Can help lighten the appearance of hyper-pigmentation
- Reduces scarring
- Improves skin damage caused by the sun
- Enhances the absorption of skincare products up by to 50%
- Promotes collagen production
- Helps to reduce acne by clearing away dead skin cells and impurities that can clog pores and lead to inflammation and spots
How Does Microdermabrasion Work?
How can one procedure, let alone one device, provide so many microdermabrasion facial benefits?
The truth of the matter is that skin blemishes such as wrinkles, scars, and stretch marks all have one thing in common: they exist on the upper-most layer of your skin.
By removing this upper layer of skin via the microdermabrasion process, the appearance of the skin blemish will start to diminish over time as the skin heals, which leads us to Exfora.
Vanity Planet’s Exfora uses medical-grade, diamond-encrusted heads to exfoliate the surface of your skin, leaving it feeling smooth and revitalized.
During the exfoliation process, Exfora also suctions away dead skin cells and other impurities, which helps reduce the formation of clogged pores, blackheads, and acne breakouts.
In addition to removing impurities, Exfora also improves the effectiveness of your favorite skincare creams, lotions, and cleansers by up to 50%.
By removing dead skin cells and other impurities, there’s less “gunk” standing in the way of your favorite skincare products, so their skin healing properties are essentially amplified.
In addition to removing impurities, the tool’s vacuum suction also helps stimulate and activate the skin’s production of collagen and elastin, which help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and other skin blemishes once the skin heals.
Best of all, using Exfora only takes 4 minutes, making it super easy to make microdermabrasion part of your weekly beauty and skincare routine.
And unlike other more invasive procedures like chemical peeling and laser resurfacing, Exfora is non-invasive and gentle enough to be used once a week as part of your regular skincare routine.
Please note that we don’t recommend using Exfora more than once a week, as your skin will need a full week of healing before using the tool again.
Exfora Microdermabrasion Guide
How do you actually use Exfora? Follow the Guide below to get the best results!
Step 1: Cleanse
Before using Exfora, we recommend using Vanity Planet’s Main Squeeze Facial Cleanser to remove dirt and oil from your face. Once your skin is nice and clean, please make sure that your skin is completely dry before starting the microdermabrasion process.
Step 2: Using the Exfora Device
Using Exfora is simple and quick.
First, press the power button to turn Exfora on, then “select auto mode” with the mode button and press the play/start button.
To make things even easier, Exfora features a digital screen that provides some additional context for using the device. Once the screen powers on, follow the directional arrows by gliding the device across the skin, and when it’s time to switch areas, the unit will pause and beep so you know to look at the screen for the next set of instructional arrows.
While using the device, it’s important to maintain a light touch, as you don’t want to press Exfora too hard against your skin.
Once you’ve exfoliated your face, the Exfora device will turn off and it will be ready for cleaning. With a damp washcloth, clean the diamond tip and replace the filter so that it will be ready for its next use.
Step 3: Moisturize
After you’re done exfoliating your face with Exfora, we recommend using Vanity Planet’s Renew multi-perfection moisturizer.
Featuring a trio of calming plant extracts, antioxidants, and an ultra-hydrating algae complex, Renew helps soothe redness, sensitivity, and signs of aging for up to a week after application.
What’s more, Renew features less than 1% emulsifier, which means that the hydrating benefits of this serum are long lasting and not easily dissolved.
When Should I use Exfora?
Exfora is best used at night before going to sleep, as sleeping is when your body repairs and heals itself.
To help this process along, please be sure to also eat a healthy and balanced diet featuring plenty of healthy fats and proteins, as the body requires these nutrients to rebuild and heal damaged cells.
Additionally, it’s always a good idea to drink plenty of water!
Does Microdermabrasion Hurt?
That being said, it’s important that you do not use Exfora on acne breakouts, cold sores, blisters, open wounds, or other skin conditions like rosacea, eczema, etc., as doing so will only make these conditions worse.
If you do experience redness or soreness, refrain from using Exfora for at least 10 days.
Additionally, Exfora also features customizable levels of suction that can be adjusted according to your comfort level.
Why Choose Vanity Planet’s Exfora?
First and foremost, Vanity Planet beauty care products are always cruelty-free and proudly innovated in the great state of California.
What’s more, many of our products are carefully crafted to be 100% vegan and “VP Clean”, which helps protect and preserve ecosystems around the world.
Secondly, there’s no other personal microdermabrasion product on the market quite like Exfora: with its all-in-one design, built-in screen, and 3 interchangeable heads, Exfora sets the bar for the rest of the at-home, microdermabrasion industry.