It’s a very simple question and not one that is intended to patronize at all. Often I see comments on Amazon and other sites about various home microdermabrasion systems you can get for at home. These fall in the category of it was rubbish or didn’t do like a salon treatment does.
Well unfortunately you are going to find that this is mainly the case. These are tiny cousins of the monsters you get at a salon and all have a big battle to win.
One of the biggest factors in any skin rejuvenation or skin microdermabrasion treatment at home or professional is suction. The way the machine and its wand pulls you skin taught to be able to use the abrasive tip is pretty critical to its success or otherwise. Of course cleaning the filter to prevent clogging also helps.
Why Is Suction A Problem For Home Skin Treatment Machines?
So in trying to miniaturize the salon machines to a compact little box there are always sacrifices. Unfortunately suction is a big one that happens a lot. Getting a motor powerful enough to recreate to a certain extent what a spa skin treatment does is difficult. Some manage it better than others.
For example it is well known that Nu Brilliance has real problems in this area and it’s the main source of complaints it receives. If the suction held out better, it would probably get much better reviews.
Quality In Home Microdermabrasion Systems
The next issue is that most if not all of the machines are built abroad in the Far East or similar. The cheap labor totally dictates this and a loss of US manufacturing is a sad factor in today’s society. But, keeping a high quality product in a mass production facility thousands of miles away is even harder. The Timepeel has had its problems in the past from this factor, which now seem to have been ironed out.
But even worse is when a generic machine is produced by a manufacturer which is then just rebranded by a US company. I noticed this clearly on Amazon.com with the 2 machines below
Kendall Professional Diamond
HEALTHandMED MDPRO Professional Diamond
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Too much coincidence?
This is really lazy and smacks of trying to jump on a bandwagon with anything so you can make a quick buck. At least some of the other microdermabrasion machines seem to have had some thought in the design like Timepeel Machine and the New Spa Home Care Kit
What Your Expectations Should Be For Home Microdermabrasion
Let’s get this straight:
1. It’s no long term replacement for salon treatments
2. It can supplement any professional treatments by providing medium quality microdermabrasion to mean you have to go to the spa or salon less
3. You don’t always get what you pay for. Read the reviews carefully. Check out if they are prepared to point out the bad as well as the good.
4. Only pay as much as you can afford and no more
5. Get a good warranty
6. They won’t suddenly transform your face and make you 30 years younger. Scarring can be reduced, but its unlikely scars can be permanently removed this way. But they can make big improvements all the same
I hope that helps a little. I have been inspired to write this now after seeing all the rubbish written around the internet miraculous results overnight. It’s all about perseverance, small victories, practice and patience
It’s that time of year again, where we either look forward to a special Valentine’s Day treat (Hopefully!) from our partners, whoever they may be. Or, unfortunately it is a more depressing time forced upon us by the huge commercial barrage of Valentine Day junk.
But really, it doesn’t matter if you’re single, separated, married or just enjoying time with a loved one. Just see it as a great excuse to pamper yourself. If you like, why not do it as an anti-Valentine’s Day message to the world. You know sort of, “I don’t need V Day to look great I can do it on my own any time I like!”
Whatever way you do it, I thought I would put a few ideas in you head as to how to make yourself look even more glowing than normal and feeling great. Some of these are links I earn a little commission from “(a)”, so feel free not to click if you don’t want to. I just wanted to share what I love doing and and see if you have got your own ideas you want to share.
Drop me a line in the comments below if you have.
My 3 Favorite Picks For A Valentine’s Day Treat This Year
A bath is a wonderful thing. A luxurious soak in soothing and relaxing hot water opening up those pores. The troubles of the day just washing away. This year at Valentine’s I intend to make it special. I have a nice shelf at the back of my bath so I will be digging out the fragrenced candles. Strawberry and orange this time I think. But I also love pampering my skin at the same time. Body scrubs are where its at for me. They stimulate my skin and make me feel tingly and invigorated.
My favorite that I recommend you give a go to is Tree Hut Sugar Body Scrubs. I found these when I was cruising Amazon for Christmas presents last year. They were the hot product by a long way and I spent a good 10 minutes reading all the reviews, including the negative one’s. Then I saw all the ‘flavors’ – oh my! Luckily I managed to ‘persuade’ one of my friends, lots of hints dropped, to get me a couple as a Christmas prezzie.
Soon as I used it I could see why they are so popular. It’s like being smothered in a fruit sorbet! There are so many different one’s, I am still working through them. Almond & honey is definitely top of the list at the moment. You can check them all out here (a) if you like the sound of them
So what an earth am I yattering on about here? Well I think that moisturizing is pretty much like feeding your skin. Treating it to the best luxury dishes you can find. Put it this way I love that almost ‘new pin’ feel of soft skin. Clothes feel so much more fabulous, especially if you are going out somewhere special. I find I am more confident when I feel great.
I have a definite soft spot for the St. Ives products and especially their moisturizing lotions. Why? Well for me personally its not just that the ingredients are natural and safe, but it the fact that they are environmentally aware. In fact they are actively doing this. The packaging is economical and non fussy. They source from places and sellers that can demonstrate that they are green and environmental sustainable. Top that off with the fact they always give easy advice and ways we can all recycle and do our bit. Every little helps to my mind. Just think if everyone did a little bit? If you fancy trying them out, then the cheapest place I use is right here.
Okay so I’m cheating with this last one, but I just had to lol! I’m talking fragrences and perfumes here. Now they don’t always enhance your skin, but to me they certainly are a treat. Plus I just love to glam it up as often as I can
Now I am pretty fussy were perfumes are concerned. I really dislike wearing anything that is so potent that it could knock out an elephant 3 blocks away. I like to be a bit more subtle if I can. That’s why I would always recommend Dolce & Gabanna Light Blue (a) every time. Its been my favorite for a long time now. I love the burst of fruitiness it gives when it hits the skin – very invigorating. sort of a mix of grapefruit and general citrus. My other half loves it too… a lot which makes for a very nice evening useally if I can get him to behave enough!
Word of warning though. well 2 actually. get it from a reliable source, like this, so you can guarantee its not a fake (Forget eBay its too risky). There are big differences between online stores, where its cheapest, so take your time. You could try this page on Amazon (a) which shows you what I mean.
So that’s just 3 of the ways to pamper your skin with your own Valentine’s Day treat. I say go for it ladies, whether you like the 14th February or hate it. Why should we need a special day when you can make yourself special every day. That’s just my humble view.
So will you be treating yourself next week? Let me know how below in the comments
Nobody likes getting hurt: That’s a fact. As a mum I am naturally very protective of my kids as well. So as humans and parents we tend to get naturally skeptical and nervous when buying anything that has a chance of do us or those around us harm of any kind. When it involves technology its worse and when it actually touches your body the alarm bells always start ringing. Buying a microdermabrasion machine is no different.
The problem is exactly the same one I had when I decided to take the plunge. I wasn’t really sure what it was or how it worked. These machines were pretty darn new. There was very little information except the stuff given out by the manufacturers. Who can you trust?
There were very few microdermabrasion machine reviews and it was early days for Amazon. Then there was the whole panic around the first Aluminum Oxide crystals used in the early crystal dermabrasion devices, thankfully now resolved.
Well the one thing that gave me a lot of relief was finding out that the government body designed to protect us from scammy and dodgy stuff, the FDA had been involved or rather invited to inspect some of the equipment. Now don’t get me wrong the FDA ain’t gonna tell you what works or which machine is the best to get that perfect skin. That’s not their job and never should be. But what they can do is tell you what is safe.
That’s a real peace of mind thing. Most of these home microdermabrasion machines for sale are imported from abroad where sometimes the rules aren’t as strict or the quality as good as home made USA products. So you need to have that reassurance that you’re not going to have your skin blistered, broken or cut. You also don’t want to be electrocuted when you plug it in. So that’s what the FDA do and having an FDA approved machine means it is safe for us for girls like you and me
So if you’re buying today look for that approval. To my knowledge only one machine has it (You don’t have to sell by the way which is strange) and that’s the Timepeel which you can read about here. So you have to decide what’s important to you when you’re buying. To me being safe is tops.