That’s not really my skin, but it might as well be. This is where a person normally posts a photo of their own face. The problem is that I don’t have any because my skin was so dry that I refused to take photos without wearing a thick skin primer and makeup first. I washed with chemical free soaps, used toners, masks, moisturizers — even rubbing my face with coconut oil every night. All of those things are great, don’t get me wrong. But, I had such a build up of stratum corneum that any product I used wasn’t actually soaking into my skin to have any lasting effect.
Hold up….what is “stratum corneum”? Stratum corneum is the technical name for the top layer of your skin. It’s made up of dead, flat skin cells that serve to protect the lower layers of skin by blocking outside elements. Unfortunately, the same layer that protects can also cause your skin to be dull, dry and flaky. This is also where all of your fine lines and small wrinkles make their home. You lather on product after product and, because of the filtering characteristics of the Stratum corneum, only a small percentage of the treatment actually gets through. In a nutshell: you’re wasting time and money.
So what can you do about it? This is where PMD Personal Microderm comes in.
Microdermabrasion uses rapid, targeted abrasion to remove and break up the stratum corneum layer. When this happens, the body believes the skin has been injured and rushes to create new, healthy skin cells to replace it. That means smoother, softer skin for you. It also means that any product you apply afterwards has no barrier to pass through and can soak deep into the sub layers of your skin – victory!
Until recently, you could only get dermabrasion treatments in a spa. Not only were you at the mercy of spa prices ($90 – $150 per treatment), but the results aren’t permanent so you had to continue making appointments as long as you wanted your skin to keep its youthful glow. Now, with PMD, you can do your own microdermabrasion at home for a fraction of the cost.
PMD rejuvenates your skin with a 4 step weekly procedure. Simply 1. wash your face 2. pull your skin taut with one hand while 3. swiping the PMD Microderm over your skin with the other hand and 4. finish up with your favorite nourishing toner, moisturizer and/or serum. The actual swiping part will take a little practice. The microderm uses suction to pull your skin against the abrasion disc, so you can’t just grind it across your cheeks and call it a day. But, it’s not difficult once you get the hang of it.
Before and After? Microdermabrasion serves several different purposes. For some it’s a great acne treatment, for others it’s an overnight solution for fine lines. Then, for people like me, it’s about texture. Before I used the PMD Personal Microderm, my skin looked like a grainy photo from a 2004 Nokia cellphone. I looked….dusty. Like I’d just rode across the plains driving cattle. You get the idea. After scrubbing and moisturizing I’d regain some shine for maybe 3 or 4 hours. After a single use with the PMD my skin is no longer dry and rough. Even several days later my face still feels like I just applied lotion. You can’t really take a photo of that.
When I first realized there was a change I thought, “Who else can feel my face? I want someone to feel my face!” I was that excited. My husband was close by so I shouted, “Touch my face!” He did (after looking at me like I was nuts) and, after a pause, he said, “Wow! I can feel the difference. Those things really work?!”
Yes, yes they do.
So, does PMD Personal Microderm work? Yes!
Important notes before you go:
- Do NOT use PMD directly above or below your eyes. Not even on the top of your cheekbones (trust me). That area of skin is very thin and sensitive. Abrasion there can cause rash and pain.
- DO use your PMD weekly (no sooner than 6 days after your last treatment)
- DO use your favorite skincare products afterwards, but AVOID products with Alpha/Beta Hydroxy or Retin A. Also avoid products with strong scents (perfumes give your freshly treated skin a tingle….not the good kind either. In related news: I’m not always a brilliant woman.)
- DO watch the DVD that comes with the kit. The pamphlet instructions are brief and may be misunderstood. Watching the video will give you a visual reminder of how and where to use the PMD so you do not damage your skin.
For more information, watch the PMD Personal Microderm how-to video below or visit the official website here.