When someone offers you the chance to try a gadget which could, supposedly, be seen to remove the need for a facial you knew I was sold. I don’t have the funds to treat myself every couple of weeks to a facial, though I would if I could, so any way to get a similar effect at a fraction of the cost and I’m in. PMDbeauty got in touch late last year and asked if I would like to try one of their popular beauty tools. The lip plumper looked scary to me and I would rather just over line my lips. There was also a cleansing brush of sorts, a product which I have tried quite a few of now, so I went for the PMD Personal Microderm: a little gadget which claims to provide a microdermabrasion service at home.
Microdermabrasion is a treatment that helps to renew and rejuvenate the overall skin tone and texture of skin. It can help to improve the appearance of sun damage, wrinkles etc; which sounds pretty good to me. It’s basically a device which gently exfoliates the surface of the skin while using suction to remove the dead skin cells. I was advised to use it once a week for at least month before writing my review and not to use acids within 48 hours of testing – this meant no Pixi Glow Tonic or The Ordinary AHA Peel, but that was a sacrifice I was willing to make to see how it would work.
In the box you get the device, seven little discs, a power adapter and a second head. I really wasn’t expecting it to need a power adapter as it does limit mobility slightly but you get used to it, the good thing is that it comes with many different fixing so you can use it in most countries. The seven discs you get allow you to change how much exfoliation you’re looking for. The white disc allows you to practise, the grey are for very sensitive skin, blue for sensitive skin and green for medium strength abrasion. They also come in two sizes, small for the face and large for the body – so you can use it for more than just your face. PMD also offer two further strengths of abrasion but they are sold separately, and scare me a lot!
First things first, I went straight to the website and read through all their recommendations, watched their how-to videos and made sure I knew what I was getting myself in to. This wasn’t particularly time consuming, but definitely factor in the time to do your research, you don’t want to ruin your skin. It was recommended that you practise on your arm with the white disc to begin with, and then use it on your face to see how your skin will react the first time. They have a really useful face map to show where you should start and which way to go; it does take a bit of getting used to I’ll admit.
After the first use, which took under 5 minutes to complete, my skin did seem a little smoother. It was slightly red and irritated, which I was expecting as you’re lightly brushing over the skin with an abrasive disc. There wasn’t too much dead skin to clean from the filter, but it was nice to see there was a subtle difference. I made sure to cleanse and moisturise my skin well afterwards as the skin is left slightly more exposed than usual.
For the next three uses, keeping to my once a week regimen, I braved the grey disc. There were slightly more skin cells visible after use and my skin was definitely smoother. By the third use I had how to use it down to a fine art, it ends up taking no time at all. I’m yet to use the blue disc, but as I’m writing this I am seriously considering…. I haven’t used this on my body as I think I’d need help to do so and I prefer to exfoliate in the shower, but when Winter comes back around I think I will have to as it’s working so easily on my face.
Did I notice a difference after 4 weeks? I think you can definitely notice smoother skin after the first use; you’re removing the top layer of dead skin. PMD say reduction in wrinkles and fine lines takes more like eight weeks to see. I don’t have particularly prominent wrinkles yet, I’m 19, however around my mouth my smile lines love to peek through, which I am not a fan of. I do believe that I have already seen a slight reduction in how much my makeup sinks into those lines. It could be a coincidence or a placebo effect but I’m definitely going to keep up my weekly use to see if this trend continues.
This isn’t cheap and would definitely be an investment to anyones skincare routine, however, let’s do the maths… I’ve found a place close to me offering face and neck microdermabrasion for £75. The PMD Personal Microderm is £145, so just under two sessions of professional microdermabrasion. If you look at it in terms of that then yes, it’s worth it. I do understand that you have to do it yourself and it’s not necessarily the relaxing treatment if you do it at home – but it’s a hell of a lot cheaper. Plus, teach a friend how to do it and treat yourselves to a pamper night! I am so glad to have this in my collection as during January/early February nothing was sorting my dry skin out, but this came in and really helped me.
You can buy the PMD Personal Microderm from the PMD website from £145.
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