19 May 2015

BEAUTY: PMD Personal Microderm







PMD Personal Microderm* - RRP £150 available online or from Harrods

I first experienced the wonders of microdermabrasion back in November at a salon in Glasgow and I seriously could not recommend it enough. Since then I've been determined to include it in my skincare regime but struggled to justify paying £60 and up for a treatment. This is where the PMD Personal Microderm comes in. Now it's less of a treat and more of an essential step that I can include in my routine on a weekly basis... my skin is feeling very happy right now!

Handheld microdermabrasion doesn't seem to be much of a thing in the UK - yet - but it has been a bit of a hit across the pond and I had seen it do the rounds on a few of the big beauty YouTubers so I was actually so excited to be offered the chance to review this. I struggle a lot with dry skin on my face and keratosis pilaris my body which at times can be quite a knock to my self esteem so something like this plays a really important role in my routine. It's pricey, I'll say that from the start, but it's so difficult to put a price on self esteem and in the long run I definitely think it's worth the investment.

Microdermabrasion is essentially a form of exfoliation using a coarse disc consisting of aluminium oxide crystals and a vacuum action in order to remove dead skin cells, stimulate cell renewal and the production of collagen. It has numerous benefits for many skin types including light scar reduction, hyper-pigmentation, sun damage and it also helps to fight acne by clearing out dirt and oil from clogged pores.

The PMD Personal Microderm comes with seven exfoliating discs of different strengths and sizes, a charger with three different plug adapters making it ideal for travelling and an instructional DVD that shows you exactly how to use the device properly. There are discs for both sensitive and medium levels of abrasion but you can also buy more abrasive discs separately - something I am considering for my arms. Each disc is colour coded and there is a leaflet with details of each discs use included in the box too.

At first I was a bit nervous about using it properly but the DVD was so helpful. Being shown exactly how to use the device made my life a lot easier (I'm awful at figuring out instruction leaflets) and I felt so much more comfortable. To use the device you need to make sure you hold the skin taut and use constant movements, avoiding covering the same area twice. It's a bit of an odd sensation but you get used to it. When using it on your body it's much the same process.

I've been using this device for a little over a month now and have seen considerable differences in the texture of my skin, particularly on my arms. The skin there is really dry and occasionally painful, with a lot of discolouration and uneven texture thanks to the wonder that is keratosis pilaris. I finally feel a bit more comfortable having my arms on show, I'm hoping that with continued use it'll give me a bit more confidence on holiday in August! The scarring around my nose is fading slightly and overall my skin feels a lot healthier, with a noticeable reduction in my dry patches which are my main skincare concern.

Despite it being a bit more of an investment, it's not ridiculous and with the benefits that I've been seeing I would highly recommend it. It's worthwhile investing in your skin and in the long term it works out so much cheaper than repeated treatments. Typically a microdermabrasion treatment in a salon may cost anywhere from £60 and up, so a month's worth of weekly treatments would set you back £240 alone!

You can purchase the PMD Microderm from the website or from Harrods.
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