First, let’s back up for a moment. Your skin has three basic layers, and as you might expect, the outermost layer (the epidermis) is home to the oldest cells (many of them dead), while the deepest layer (the dermis) generates new cells. The hypodermis is in the middle, housing all of the young (but aging) cells. Simply put, microdermabrasion works to exfoliate your skin, removing dead cells from the epidermis and welcoming healthier cells to the surface.
The esthetician typically uses a handheld wand to shoot the crystals against your skin. This can also be done with a diamond-tipped wand that scrapes the skin directly (which eliminates the need for crystals, since diamonds are the only thing harder than aluminum oxide crystals). More focus is given to discolored spots and scars, and the esthetician will do a couple passes on your skin in each session, adjusting the pressure to your sensitivity. Each half-hour session costs about $100-$200, and it’s recommended that you sit for a series of 4-6 treatments, over the course of a few months.
The results are, on the whole, extremely effective. But they come at a price. If you want a similar result without the steep cost, we recommend exfoliating with dr. brandt® microdermabrasion skin exfoliant every three days or so. It uses the same aluminum oxide crystals to smooth the skin, as well as all-natural jojoba, aloe vera, and chamomile to relax and even the newly exposed cells. It’s a big step above your everyday gentle exfoliant, but a big cost saver compared to months of professional in-office treatments.