Perhaps some people flinch if it is suggested to them that they should get a microdermabrasion facial.
This may be because their ego is sensitive, and they believe they are being told they look aged and they need those lines buffing away.
Perhaps it is because they are frightened – they have heard horror stories about the microdermabrasion machine and it doesn’t sound like something they want putting on their face.
Well, either way, both of these immediate reactions can be cast away.
Microdermabrasion is for people both young and old, and it doesn’t hurt one bit. In fact, it feels pretty good.
Microdermabrasion benefits include the reduction of fine lines and sun damage, the evening out of skin tone and the banishment of age and sun spots, relief for congested pores and a general rejuvenation of dull and tired skin.
It can also help to minimise acne scars. So in some ways it is even better for young people.
Vicki Cairns, Aesthetician at the Silver Rain Spa in the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, is one of six aestheticians trained to carry out microdermabrasion facials.
Ms Cairns will immediately put you at ease. The microdermabrasion machine is always tested on the client’s hand before treatment, to make sure they know what it feels like.
There are also different settings. If it is a first appointment, the setting is often put on low, but will vary according to each person’s skin type and needs.
The Spa uses the Dermaglow II machine. If you have never heard of a microdermabrasion machine, it is not as complicated as it sounds.
Pure micro-crystals are glided over the skin to remove several skin layers and increase cell removal.
At the same time, a vacuum technique removes the grains that the micro-crystal leaves behind. The overall effect is that of an intense facial exfoliation.
‘It results in a dramatic resurfacing of the skin, giving a healthy glow due to the increase in circulation that the exfoliation has prompted,’ said Ms Cairns.
The treatment is painless, but as it is an intense treatment for your face, aftercare is essential.
‘You shouldn’t go swimming, in the sea or in the sun for the rest of the day, preferably for two days,’ said Ms Cairns. ‘Don’t wear any makeup for two days, and always apply a high SPF suncream.’
Ms Cairns recommends at least an SPF 30 on your face.
The microdermabrasion facial is more effective done in a course of treatments.
‘It entirely depends on the individual need, but often it’s anywhere from four treatments to 12, done once weekly,’ explained Ms Cairns.
The facial should be maintained with an appointment once a month or once every two months.
If you receive a microdermabrasion facial once every two months, you could be treated with a regular facial in the month in between, Ms Cairns added.
As for taking care of your skin at home, Ms Cairns suggests using separate products at night than you would in the day.
‘While using SPF 30 in the day, use a product like la prairie’s Anti-Redness Nurturing Complex at night, which is very soothing,’ she said.
‘The Nurturing Complex is great for healing; it has vitamins A, B and C in, prunella vulgaris leaf which is a European herb used for healing wounds, raspberry butter and arnica, a homeopathic treatment for bruising.’
While this all sounds very intense, it is not suggesting your face will be bruised or cut in any way after this treatment. Instead, it displays the powerful soothing effects of the Nurturing Complex.
‘It’s a wonderful product; it evens out your skin and really calms it down, so that you have a nice even skin tone, without having redder patches, or any other discolouration,’ Ms Cairns said.
To book an appointment at the Silver Rain Spa at the Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, or for more information on the treatments they offer, phone 815-6900.