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.
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.
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.