Microdermabrasion facial for clearer skin

rejuvenate skin clinic manchester

rejuvenate skin clinic manchester

If you’ve been reading my previous blog posts, you’ll know that I’ve been trying out some non-invasive treatments at Rejuvenate Skin Clinic in Manchester.

One of the most popular treatments they offer is a microdermabrasion facial, and after being so impressed with their other treatments, I wanted to give it a whirl.

Full disclosure; I’m pretty bad with my skincare routine.

I cleanse my face in the morning and follow with a moisturiser and my makeup. In the evening I take my makeup off and cleanse my face and apply a facial oil. That’s it.

There’s a reason why my skincare routine is so safe and boring…

My skin experience

When I was at school, I was one of the few kids that got spots before anyone else.

It felt horrible having spots when most of my peers hadn’t even had one breakout yet. Fortunately, this only lasted a few years and by the time I reached year 11 my skin had cleared up.

After I graduated uni, my skin suddenly flared up again and I developed serious acne. It took me months to work out why this was happening and it really affected my confidence. I used to wake up and dread looking in the mirror because I was so worried about seeing a new spot on my face. Unless you’ve had really bad skin, it’s hard to imagine what an impact it makes on your self-esteem and what a difference a ‘good skin day’ can do to your confidence.

Eventually, after a lot of trial and error, I discovered what was causing my skin to break out. If you want to know more about this I could write a separate blog post but it’s quite a long story so I’ll leave it for now….

It’s been two years since my skin cleared up and thankfully I’ve barely had any outbreaks since then. However, I’m extra cautious to try out any new skincare products just in case it will cause my skin to flare up.

Microdermabrasion facial

On their website, Rejuvenate Skin Clinic describes mircodermabrasion as:

“A deep exfoliating procedure which removes the outermost layer of dead skin cells to gently clear congestion, improve mild to moderate acne, superficial pigmentation and fine lines.”

The treatment itself lasts about an hour. First, your skin and neck is cleansed, then the exfoliating process begins. The diamond-headed tool works over your entire face, starting with the neck, and gently buffs dead skin cells away. The process feels like a tiny hoover moving over your face, but it’s not painful and you got used to the sensation.

Once the exfoliation is completed, a collagen mask is applied to your face (collagen is known to promote healthy and youthful skin) and you’re left to relax for 10 minutes. It literally feels like your skin is drinking up all the collagen it’s amazing!

The process is finished by applying an SPF and moisturiser. After the treatment, your skin may be a bit red but that’s completely normal, although I personally didn’t experience any redness.

The result

hannah gets hench skin

I’m so happy with the results; my skin has never felt softer!

Since the microdermabrasion facial, my skin is less oily and I’m not as shiny throughout the day.

In the above picture I’m wearing mascara and lip balm but no other makeup and it’s the first time I’ve felt confident going makeup free in a really long time!

I’m also going to wear SPF every day (even when it’s cold and raining) to protect my skin from UV rays, because the SPF in your foundation isn’t strong enough. Leena gave me some really nice tester products by a brand called Medik8 which I have been using regularly. There’s a day cream with SPF and a night cream, plus vitamin c serum and a product which reduces redness.

All in all, I would highly recommend this facial for a skin care novice who isn’t sure where to start but wants to take better care of their skin. Plus (as you can probably tell by my previous reviews) I can’t recommend the team at Rejuvenate Skin Clinic enough. They are really professional and go above and beyond for their clients.

 

*Many thanks to Leena and the team at Rejuvenate Skin Clinic for their kindness and the complementary treatment. As always, opinions are all my own.

Hannah

  • Samantha

    I’d love to know more about what caused your acne (I don’t mind a quick, simplified version if that’s easier!) – I’m almost 34, and still suffer with breakouts, and it’s so soul destroying when you’re an adult and still have to deal with spots. Sometimes they’re quite small, but I also still sometimes get the really painful, deep ones that take ages to go, because I have a lot of blocked pores/little bumps under the skin, and occasionally they’ll flare horribly. I also have very oily skin (blotting an hour after make-up oily). I’ve had tests at the doctors, but it’s not my hormones, and I’ve cut things out of my diet with no results. I use the right products for my skin-type, no mineral oil or foaming washes, etc, etc. I’d give anything to know what’s causing it – I think I want to know more than I want clear skin! Sounds weird, but my skin heals so slowly that it’s often the red marks that are left behind that are harder to disguise and deal with, and I have quite bad scarring in places as well. I’ve been thinking about microdermabrasion for a while (I do have small windows without active spots, so I’ll go then!) – I had it once, many years ago, but I don’t expect to see results from just one treatment, so I’m planning on having it as often as I can!

    • Hi Sam! That sounds so frustrating 🙁 and I know how you feel trying to deal with it as an adult. Your skin sounds quite similar to mine, I’m very oily and my skin takes ages to heal so I end up with red marks after a spot which can last for months.

      I’m not sure if my answer will help but I was on the same contraception pill for about 6 years (Cilest) and I changed to the mini pill because I felt like Cilest was making my hormones go crazy. But after being on the mini pill for 6 months I started getting these spots and literally NOTHING was helping. I took antibiotics and loads of different treatments from the doctors but it felt like it was getting worse and worse. Eventually I tried going back onto my old pill Cilest and literally within a few weeks my skin had cleared up.

      I don’t know whether it was the mini pill that was causing the spots, or the fact Cilest was preventing them? Now I’m terrified of going off Cilest incase my spots come back :/

      Hope this helped xxx

  • Ellie

    You look SO cute in that photo! I just want to squish you!
    Great post as always xxxxxxxxxx

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