Microdermabrasion is a simple process of removing the top layer of skin using very tiny abrasive particles.
It is simpler than you think to do microdermabrasion at home!
- 1 tablespoon kaolin clay, also known as white cosmetic clay
- ¼ cup baking soda
- 1 teaspoon activated charcoal powder
- 1 teaspoon grapeseed oil
- 5 drops grapefruit essential oil
- Mix together all of the ingredients and stir until paste forms.
You may need a little bit more oil so that the mixture can slip and slide on your skin.
- Store it in an airtight bottle.
- Scoop out a small amount (like a dollop of it) and spread it on your face in order to conduct microdermabrasion at home.
- Start to work in circles and spread over the whole face, avoiding the area of the lip, eye, and nose.
Pay extra attention to areas with complications, such as acne scarring.
- Rinse well and, if necessary, follow up with a moisturizer.
Kaolin Clay: offers a slippery texture so that there isn’t too much friction.
Baking Soda: offers a granular texture to help gently raise grime from your face.
Activated Charcoal: Extracts toxins from the skin and helps to remove them from the surface.
Grapeseed Oil: provides skin with nutrients and moisture, high in antioxidants.
Grapefruit Essential Oil: antibacterial and helps to gently break down soil.
There is an improved risk of reducing the appearance of scarring by focusing on problem areas.
For those with wounds scars, such as burn marks or acne marks, this can be particularly helpful.
Following up with a combination of vitamin E and essential lavender oil can also aid with scarring.
Microdermabrasion at home is advised before bed to allow the skin time to rejuvenate itself.
By increasing circulation, the use of microdermabrasion in-home treatment can help your skin develop new skin cells.
During the day, this can cause an oily appearance, so night time usage is best. And the essential oil of grapefruit is mildly phototoxic, which in some people could cause increased sensitivity to sunlight, so don’t use this treatment right before going out into the sun.
Why Use Microdermabrasion?
Using very small abrasive particles, microdermabrasion is the process of scraping the top layer of skin.
Usually, this is achieved with silica particles.
It may sound painful, but that isn’t it.
The layer is mainly dirt and dead skin cells on top of the skin.
Part of this is eliminated by washing your face, but not all.
Try this experiment even if your face is squeaky clean: slightly wet a cotton pad with rose water or with witch hazel and rub it over your face.
You’re going to find that what you thought was actually clean still has dirt, oil, or dead skin left behind.
The benefits of microdermabrasion include the following:
- Brighter complexion
- Reduced appearance of fine lines
- Evened out skin tone
- Reduced appearance of dark spots
- Cleaned-out pores
One of the best factors of doing microdermabrasion is that there are few side effects. Many individuals will experience short-term redness, which will resolve after just a few hours.
Simply avoid the use of retinoids, acids, or peels in combination with treatment with microdermabrasion, as it can cause redness. Two weeks prior to and after treatment, avoid the use of any retinoid treatment.
Go and try it for yourself now that you have everything you need to know about microdermabrasion.