While microdermabrasion spa treatments can cost hundreds of dollars per session, a number of microdermabrasion creams and devices made for use at home have been flooding the market, making the procedure accessible to the masses. If you chose to purchase a microdermabrasion device to use at home, the machine will benefit greatly from a regular cleaning and maintenance routine (just like your skin).
What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion began in Europe in 1986, but is now a staple on spa menus across North America. The spa treatments, which use an abrading device and crystals to exfoliate the top layer of skin, then suck up the dead skin cells with a vacuum, have been found to be very effective at reducing the appearance of acne scars, sun spots, wrinkles and fine lines and in enhancing a youthful glow. The strong exfoliation process “damages” the top layer of skin, causing the body to replace it with a new layer of youthful-looking skin.
Home Microdermabrasion Kits
At-home treatments usually include a cream containing aluminum oxide crystals plus a battery-operated oscillating disc or sponge. Although they are not as effective and as powerful as the in-office treatment, many customers, including NY Magazine reviewer Christina Han, are very satisfied with the results.
Cleaning the Foam Head Microdermabrasion Kit
There are a few different types of microdermabrasion devices on the market. One type has a gentle foam head, and unlike other devices, it can be used nightly. To clean this type after use, rinse the foam head and the attachment head. Then, discard the foam head and replace it with a new one after every use.
Cleaning the Disc Head Microdermabrasion Kit
To clean a disc head microdermabrasion kit, first take it apart by removing the cap, pulling the disc off and pulling out the filter. Use rubbing alcohol or antibacterial soap to clean the cap and disc. To clean the filter, rub it between your fingers and thumb while holding it under running water. It's best to buy new discs after every two to four treatments. Don't forget that not all at-home microdermabrasion devices are created equal, so be sure to read the cleaning and maintenance instructions for your particular product.