While at the Silk’n Beauty event to celebrate the launch of their new ReVit Microdermabrasion System at the (gorgeous) Oasis at Pierce Mattie space in New York City, my views on microdermabrasion were changed dramatically. Whenever I heard that word, microdermabrasion, it was usually accompanied by scary music and lightning flashes. This was mostly because I didn’t actually know what it was. Thankfully, NYC dermatologist Dr. Judith Hellman was there to clear up all my ridiculous assumptions. So for those of you out there with similar fears, let’s debunk the myths about it right now.
Myths about microdermabrasion
True or false?
Myth: Microdermabrasion hurts.
FALSE: First of all, even though the word “abrasion” is part of the word, the process doesn’t include your face getting scraped by knives or scalpels.
Myth: I can’t do anything after I get it done.
FALSE: There’s virtually no “recovery” period. I always thought that after getting it done, you would have to go home with an ice pack and lay in bed with cold towels on your face. Not the case.
Myth: It’s so expensive.
TRUE AND FALSE: You can always find the latest and greatest spa treatments that will cost you an arm and a leg… each time you do it. But the Silk’n ReVit solves that problem for you, by drastically lowering the cost of each treatment. Plus, you can do it in your pajamas in front of Netflix. Win-win!
Myth: My skin is way too sensitive for that.
FALSE: It should be noted that I have extremely fair skin. (We are talking Snow White fair. Caspar-the-Friendly-Ghost-
Trying the ReVit at home
After listening to Dr. Hellman and seeing photos and video of actual users, I was starting to think that maybe this whole process wasn’t as terrifying as I thought. Then came the trying it out for myself bit. There were stations set up with tools at the ready and I watched as women of all skin types and shades practiced on their hands with no screams of pain escaping their mouths. When it was my turn, I was prepared for the worst, but to my great surprise, it wasn’t painful in the least. It was turning out to be darn right relaxing. But this was just my hand. How would it feel on my face?
I brought the ReVit home and, as recommended, I got comfortable on the couch and turned on the TV. I decided I would start small and would only work on my nose and chose the treatment head marked “precision,” which is intended for smaller places like the nose and eye areas. I plugged in (the ReVit only works while plugged in, so make sure you are in a spot where you have enough slack to manipulate the machine) and got to work.
Because the ReVit uses vacuum stimulation, you have to keep the tool moving so your skin doesn’t get sucked into it for a long period of time. (I did this accidentally on my hand and it ended up looking like I had spent time in my car at Look Out Point. Keep it moving fluidly over the area you are treating to avoid this.)
The major game changer is that the ReVit doesn’t use any crystals on the treatment heads. They are diamond tips only. Why is this a big deal? Because traditional microdermabrasion heads use crystals that leave behind debris on your fresh skin. Then that debris get stuck in your pores and when your new cells form, it gets trapped under your skin causing acne or even scars. Yikes.
The bottom line: This tool is pretty amazing. I was definitely skeptical at first, but after about two-weeks of use, I can see a difference in my pore size and the amount of bumps I get in the summer time from all the sweat, oi, and free radicals. It’s affordable at less than $100, convenient and will absolutely remain part of my beauty routine. I hope this has assuaged your fears about microdermabrasion and that you try it out for yourself!
This post was contributed by the team at Momtrends.
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