Ever since I bought the Clarisonic skincare brush back in 2008, I’ve been a big believer of at-home skincare treatments. When I got the opportunity to try the PMD Personal Microderm device, I was instantly curious. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve started to be more hyper-vigilant about old acne scars that don’t seem to want to go away and fine lines that are creeping up on my forehead that I didn’t notice the other day. My hopes for trying the PMD was smooth, refreshed and even skin tone and a way to keep fine lines at bay.
How it works… The PMD uses a spinning disc with aluminum oxide crystals that exfoliate the skin’s dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. When you remove the dead skin cell barrier, new cell growth is stimulated and renewed, revealing in soft and rejuvenated skin.
As expected with microdermabrasion, there is also vacuum suction which is intended to pull the blood flow to the surface of the skin for increased circulation. This suction builds collagen and elastin which leaves the skin firm and radiant. Suction is the moneymaker in microdermabrasion and amplifies the exfoliation process.
How to use it… Not gonna lie. There is definitely some careful reading of the device’s instructions before you put this to your face. The device comes with an assortment of discs which vary in exfoliating intensity. You are supposed to test and learn how to use the device with the white training disk before using the green (for medium sensitive skin) or blue (for sensitive skin) discs.
To use the PMD, cleanse and dry your skin. You pull your skin taut and move the PMD in an upward motion across the skin, being sure not to pass the same area multiple times (this will cause irritation). You also want to keep the PMD moving so that the suction doesn’t get caught on one area of the skin, resulting in a red suction mark. When I was first learning how to use the device, my impatience got the best of me and I skipped the step about pulling your skin taut, resulting in a suction mark and red streak on my face (so not cute).
The PMD is only meant to be used every 5 to 7 days to give your skin ample time to recover and renew.
The result… I’ve been using the PMD for about 3 and a half weeks now, and I’ve noticed the skin on my forehead is a lot smoother. I have some old acne marks on my forehead which are starting to fade as a result of using the PMD. You can’t expect overnight results, but we’re off to a good start and I have high expectations for a more awesome complexion in the months to come.
Once you get the hang of it, the PMD is pretty easy to use. If you get regular microdermabasion treatments at a spa, this is an easy at-home treatment you can do yourself and you will also save a money on pricey spa appointments. Like a lot of at-home beauty gadgets, there is a maintenance cost to them. Discs need to be replaced after 2 to 4 uses as the aluminum oxide crystals that provide the exfoliation will wear off. A package of 6 replacement discs costs about $20.
PMD Microderm, $ 179 CAD, Amazon.ca