Does Microdermabrasion Actually Work?

A few weeks ago So Me Beauty invited me in to experience their Ultimate Microdermabrasion Facial and far be it from me to turn down a spot of pampering on a Wednesday morning – all in the name of research of course *cough* -, I went along to see what all the fuss is about.
Microdermabrasion has been around for a few years, but recently it’s become a bit of a beauty buzz word, with goddess-skin seekers opting for something a little more hardcore than your usual cleanse and mask spa facial. Actually, I think it needs a bit of a rebrand because the name suggests something abrasive, intense and borderline terrifying. Thankfully, microdermabrasion is actually none of these things and in true Beth fashion I napped through most of it.

What is Microdermabrasion?

Despite what the name suggests, microdermabrasion is a totally non-invasive procedure that involves buffing and polishing away dead skin cells using tiny crystals. Sassy or what!? The only thing I can really liken it to is having a very little hoover tube placed repeatedly over your face. Did you ever suck your brothers cheek up as a kid when you were supposed to be doing chores? Well, that. It’s not in the slightest bit painful or even mildly uncomfortable; I found it relaxing and quickly fell asleep. As well as removing all the dead skin cells and unblocking pores, the process promotes blood flow and encourages cell renewal which improves elasticity and texture. Supposedly it can be really great for people who suffer from acne scarring, though this isn’t something I can personally comment on! It’s completely safe and suitable for all skin types, and is definitely preferable to something for aggressive like a chemical peel or lasering, though.

The Ultimate Facial at So Me Beauty follows up the microdermabrasion treatment with an oxygen procedure, the basic premise of which involves applying a cool gel to the face before delivering its active ingredients into the skin using a pressurised stream of oxygen. This element of the facial was slightly less enjoyable, purely because it’s really cold and a little bit annoying – not in terms of irritation but in a kind of ‘I’m not really enjoying having icy cold air blasted into my face’ kind of way. I can see why celebs dig it before a big event because it definitely did make my skin more plumped and fresh looking! The treatment finishes up with a mask and tailored appropriate products for you skin and a very, very dreamy neck and shoulder massage.

But does it actually work?

Microdermabrasion is recommended as a course based treatment, with one every 4-6 weeks for a real change in the skin condition and clarity. I’ve only had the one experience so I can’t comment on the benefits of repeated procedures, but I can confirm that when I left my skin was truly radiant. For a few days afterwards I found that previously very deep and basically impenetrable blackheads were creeping their sorry behinds up to the surface and paired with my current favourite skin care products, which I’ll be sharing in another post very soon.

How much does it cost and is it worth it?

A starter session (around thirty minutes) of microdermabrasion can range anywhere from about £30 up to almost £100 in London, depending on the salon and the location. It’s definitely not cheap, but it’s on par with your standard facial and the benefits are far more tangible. Most salons offer discounts for courses, and at So Me they charge from £40 for the starter session up to £85 for the Ultimate Facial. If you can afford it, either as a one off skin treat or as a more long term plan of attack then I feel it’s definitely worthwhile, particularly if you’ve got skin concerns such as aging or scarring.
If you’re a Clapham  local (or even even just get the train via the Junction!) then I have nothing but high praise for So Me Beauty who were incredibly professional, offered clean, calming treatments rooms and explained the procedure really thoroughly as well as executing it well.

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  1. February 18, 2018 / 8:20 pm

    This is such an interesting post. I’ve never done microdermabrasion. Taking care of my skin is definitely something I try to do as much as I can so I would definitely like to try it. x

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

  2. February 23, 2018 / 3:26 pm

    I have an at home product to do microdermabrasion and I love it as you can properly feel the difference but I’d love to go and get it done properly somewhere during a nice facial! I’d love to see how they compare!
    Abbie x /

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