Your late 30s! Hahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That’s totally not funny.
My skin has generally been in good condition. While I may experience the occasional breakout due to hormones, I haven’t had severe acne, and my skin isn’t excessively oily or dry. I have a few freckles that add character to my appearance, but not so many that I resemble Orphan Annie. However, one downside is that my skin tends to become sunburnt easily.
Although I have generally taken good care of my skin over the years, there have been some exceptions. For example, I spent many years horseback riding in open areas without shade, and I also smoked heavily for seven years during college and afterwards. Additionally, I have had instances where I applied sunscreen to my son and was unable to protect my own skin before going outside to play. Despite these exceptions, people have recently been surprised when they learn my age, which I believe is a result of the effectiveness of my skincare products and hair dye.
And then my 31th birthday came strolling along and HOLY SHIT! I look 31.
I decided the best way to refresh my skin was a microdermabrasion at a spa. Peeling off a few layers of sad, dull, aging skin couldn’t hurt, right? I was initially tempted by an offer from Living Social, but after my disastrous Living Social-inspired Brazilian blowout (in which my hair was still lifeless, non-frizzy on one side and practically flattened), I Googled the vendor before stopping by. They were sued by the FDA for making misleading claims about the OR treatment. Yes. Lesson learned: always google dermatology providers. And it was a doctor’s office! Yikes.
So, I decided to go to Red Door. Mm-hmm.
Upon arriving at Red Door over the weekend, I realized that the establishment is much more upscale than I am. The atmosphere is peaceful, with calming music, aromatic oils, and flowers, and the receptionists are friendly and welcoming. However, I was not dressed for the occasion, wearing clogs and clothes from the sale rack at Target, and I may not have washed my hair that morning. After being shown to the locker room, where I was given a cozy robe and flip flops, I was escorted to a lounge with low lighting and refreshments to await my treatment. Despite feeling out of place in my fancy robe and less-than-luxurious underwear, I sipped my coffee and hoped no one would realize that I don’t fit in economically with the other patrons.
A kind lady with a thick Eastern European accent took me to the treatment room, where I lay on a couch and suddenly realized that I had neglected to find out what microdermabrasion was when I had Googled it: Is it something like sandblasting the side of a building? Is it a wash? Is it like Fight Club and nobody talks about it? And does it hurt?
Microdermabrasion – My Experience
After questioning me about skin allergies and thoroughly cleansing my skin, the technician explained that she would be using a machine that would send aluminum oxide crystals through a plastic device and over my skin, performing a deep exfoliation that would remove six or seven layers of skin, in contrast to home exfoliation that removes only one layer. She instructed me to let her know if it was painful and not to open my eyes, as the crystals could cause serious injury to my eyes. I didn’t want to risk ending up with the skin of my dreams, but unable to see it due to blindness. They write Greek tragedies about such stuff.
He started treatment and it didn’t hurt him at all. He said that most clients feel pain in certain parts of the face, but apparently I am not that sensitive. No tender flowers here, nosire. The whole face and neck are treated in about 20-30 minutes. Afterwards, I felt like I spent a few hours on a windy beach on a hot day. She then applied a thick mask with chamomile and seaweed to soothe my skin and left me alone with my thoughts. My thoughts that I want to look better, but not necessarily younger. My thoughts that I never want to do this again My thoughts that I wonder where my husband and son are as I struggle with the scars life has left on my face.
After the mask treatment, the technician showed me my reflection in a mirror. My skin looked nice, with smaller pores and a smoother texture, but it didn’t alter the overall appearance of my face. The treatment didn’t erase the effects of years of horseback riding, late nights smoking, or spending long days in the sun while playing with my child. All of these experiences have contributed to my appearance over the past 31 years.
How long does it take for your face to heal after microdermabrasion?
The amount of time it takes for your face to heal after microdermabrasion can vary, but most people experience redness and swelling for a few hours to a few days after the treatment. Some people may also have dry, flaky skin for a few days. It is important to follow your healthcare provider’s instructions for caring for your skin after the treatment to help ensure a smooth recovery. This may include using moisturizers and avoiding certain skincare products or activities, such as wearing makeup or exposing your skin to the sun.
How many layers of skin does microdermabrasion remove?
Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure that involves using a machine to exfoliate the skin. The machine uses a handheld device that sprays fine crystals onto the skin’s surface and then vacuums them back up along with the top layer of dead skin cells. The procedure is typically performed to help improve the appearance of the skin by reducing the visibility of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots, and by improving the overall texture and tone of the skin.
Microdermabrasion generally removes the top layer of skin, which is composed of dead skin cells, and can also stimulate the production of new skin cells and collagen, which may give the skin a more youthful and healthy appearance. Some microdermabrasion treatments may remove up to six or seven layers of skin.
What not to do after microdermabrasion?
After microdermabrasion, it is important to protect your skin from the sun, avoid irritation, moisturize frequently, limit caffeine consumption, and wait to engage in activities that cause heavy sweating. Sunscreen should be worn for the first three days to protect the new skin from UV rays and prevent signs of aging, uneven skin tone, and skin cancer.
Gentle skincare products should be used and exfoliants should be avoided for the first three days. Products with glycolic acid, retinol, benzoyl peroxide, or topical acne treatments should also be avoided for 24-48 hours. It is important to moisturize the skin frequently to maintain its softness and smoothness and to prevent dryness.
Caffeine can dehydrate the skin, so it is recommended to drink extra water or reduce caffeine intake. During the first few days after the treatment, it is best to avoid heavy workouts that cause sweating to prevent irritation. If you do choose to workout, you can wear a headband to absorb sweat and wash your face afterwards.
Is one session of microdermabrasion enough?
While some people may see desired results after just one session of microdermabrasion, most people require 4 to 6 treatments to achieve optimal results. Maintenance treatments may also be necessary to maintain these results. A trained professional will be able to assess your skin and concerns and determine the number of treatments that will be necessary to meet your goals.