Personal Microdermabrasion Review (PMD)

by Laura Kronen on April 16, 2014

PMDBefore the advent of relaxing day spas, a popular way for people to tighten and brighten their complexion was to purchase an over the counter facial scrub.  Spas changed all that with their glorious microdermabrasion facials.  And now, you can actually bring the day spa and its results to your own home with the Personal Microderm System (PMD).

I’m an exfoliation addict. I have been exfoliating since before I knew what exfoliation was. I would scrub my face with those shower scrubbing gloves and then graduated to Apricot Facial Scrub. I was barely 16. Since then, I have tried a good percentage of all of the exfoliating skincare products on the market. I think all my hard work and dedication has paid off.  I don’t know whether my skin has quicker cell-turnover because I trained it as a kid or if my body just operates that way but 20 years later it makes my skin all the more difficult to impress. However, the PMD impressed me.

The PMD applies gentle abrasion to remove layers of dead skin cells and reveals younger, healthier skin. You must follow the directions exactly though. Luckily a handy dandy instructional DVD accompanies the product.  Don’t worry, it’s pretty simple to use, but you just need to do it the right way or you could risk an adverse reaction to too much pressure or hovering too long in one area.

Simply stated, you use a disc made of aluminum oxide crystals to slough away the old skin and smooth over the surface, bringing on the new.  Almost like holding a blowdryer to a snowman.  The idea behind microdermabrasion is that if you break apart and remove the dead skin cells on the outer layer of skin, the body will interpret this is a mild injury and rush to replace the lost cells with new healthy ones.  The new cells generated during this process look and feel smoother and many of the skin’s visible imperfections such as sun damage, blemishes, fine lines and dark spots, improve as well.

The PMD comes with training discs to use so you can test your tolerance and practice using the device, as well as two other disc types – one for sensitive skin and one for medium abrasion and two different sizes of those discs – one for the face and one for the body.  The Fountain of Youth now makes house calls. PMD $179



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