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Microdermabrasion is a noninvasive, mechanical exfoliation process that can help remove dead skin cells, improve uneven skin tones and help alleviate superficial wrinkles. Home microdermabrasion treatments are usually done with an exfoliating cream and an electrical spinning tool. The exfoliation action, the ingredients in the pre-care and post-care products and the skin's unique attributes are key points to focus on when you are selecting home microdermabrasion kits.
A professional microdermabrasion treatment at a doctor’s office tends to be costly and generally will require a longer recovery time. The exfoliating benefits from professional treatments tend to be immediately apparent. Treatments with home microdermabrasion kits are generally less costly and are milder on the skin. These home treatments can be used to lengthen the time between professional treatments.
Home microdermabrasion kits should come with a prepping face wash. A face wash will remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, ensuring even exfoliation. If treating oily skin, select a kit that has a face wash formulated with salicylic, lactic or glycolic acid. These acids can help stabilize oil production. Dry skin tends to respond well to a face wash infused with calming ingredients such as lavender and aloe vera.
Pick a microdermabrasion kit that comes with an exfoliating cream that targets specific skin problems. Most creams will have finely milled aluminum oxide crystals. Some exfoliating creams will have aluminum oxide crystals suspended in alpha hydroxy acid, which can be beneficial for removing dry, scaly skin. Beta hydroxy acid has antimicrobial properties that can be especially advantageous against oily skin types.
Home microdermabrasion kits usually come with a spinning applicator. Select a spinning applicator that features variable speeds and a replaceable head. Variable speed settings can thoroughly exfoliate the skin. A replaceable head allows for the attachment of a larger spinning head for large areas of the body or the attachment of a small head for delicate facial areas.
The kit should come with a moisturizer that has humectant and emollient properties, such as glycerin or beeswax. These types of moisturizers will seal in and attract moisture, effectively hydrating the newly resurfaced skin. Skin moisturizers can also help counteract the mild dryness and redness after the exfoliation treatment.
A sunscreen can help protect the new, sensitive skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Select home microdermabrasion kits that come with a comprehensive sunscreen. The sunscreen should have a sun protection factor of 15 or higher.
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