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Get Glowing Skin this Summer with Microdermabrasion

Article written by Tara Heath

Now that summer’s here you’ve stripped away layers of clothing but your skin also needs to be rid of its layers of dead skin. These make it look dull, dry and uneven – definitely not what you want to show the world. Book a microdermabrasion treatment to pamper and invigorate your skin this summer.

How Microdermabrasion Works
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Although its name sounds technical, microdermabrasion is a simple process. It makes use of a device containing diamond or crystal studs on it. These are gently sprayed over your skin, sloughing away dead skin cells. This is followed by a suction device to remove the dead skin completely, but it isn’t invasive or painful.

Microdermabrasion is compatible with all skin types because the device is adjusted to suit your skin. Since it’s operated by hand, it can be passed over areas where you need more exfoliation a few times for best results. A word of caution: if you suffer from certain skin conditions, such as lupus, eczema, or unstable diabetes, microdermabrasion should be avoided. Consult with your doctor beforehand to be sure it’s safe for you.

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The Benefits that Make it So Popular

Besides for exfoliation, microdermabrasion offers many other benefits which is why
it’s such a popular treatment.

  • It erases pigmentation and melasma. Microdermabrasion can eliminate discoloration completely if the pigment has accumulated on the surface layer of skin because removing this skin eliminates pigment in it. For stubborn cases, you might need several microdermabrasion sessions combined with skin lightening creams.
  • It eliminates acne scars while minimizing future breakouts by deeply unclogging pores where bacteria can accumulate.
  • It makes your skin younger. Research has found that buffing skin stimulates collagen production, making skin more resilient.
  • Microdermabrasion can smooth the skin around your eyes. For this delicate area, diamond microdermabrasion devices must be used as crystal-based ones can blast tiny crystal particles into the eyes.
  • The gentle scrubbing action during treatment stimulates blood flow to the skin, bringing nutrients and oxygen to it so it glows.
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    Procedure

  • It’s fast! Sessions last approximately half an hour. Perfect for squeezing into a busy schedule.
  • It boasts great recovery time. After chemical peels your skin needs days to recover, but you can head back to the office after your microdermabrasion session without hiding your face. If you do experience some redness, it’ll go away within a day.
  • By getting rid of the dead skin barrier, products you apply after a microdermabrasion treatment are better absorbed.
  • Microdermabrasion boosts cytokines in the skin. These proteins heal and regenerate it. When skin is scrubbed during microdermabrasion, skin cells receive signals to grow new ones for a younger, polished complexion.
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    Do Your Part to Achieve Vibrant Skin

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    Follow good skincare rules to ensure best results with microdermabrasion treatments.

  • Bring on the moisturizer! After exfoliation, you need to maintain your skin’s hydration to lock in moisture.
  • Always wear sunscreen after microdermabrasion as it can make your skin more vulnerable to the rays.
  • Should You DIY?

    Although there are microdermabrasion treatments you can use at home, these DIY kits are often not of salon-strength and only provide mild exfoliation. Having microdermabrasion done by a trained professional gives you better results while preventing skin damage.

    Smoother, healthier skin that glows is a must for your beach list this summer. Reap the results with a microdermabrasion treatment.


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    How to Deal With a Sunburn

    neutrogenaWe all know that the best way to take care of your skin is to avoid a sunburn in the first place. Keep your skin protected from the sun with a product that offers both UVA and UVB protection (one of our favorites is Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock with SPF 70). Although we all want to avoid burning, most people will receive at least one bad sunburn during the summer season. Here are a few ways to help your skin recover from too much time spent in the sun.

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    1. Moisturize

    A sunburn will not only cause pain and redness, but will also cause major dryness to your skin. Make sure to keep your skin moisturized with a product containing Vitamin C and Vitamin C. Aloe Vera is a go-to product to help your skin recover from sun damage. Try Banana Boat Soothing Aloe After Sun Gel. It is also a good idea to moisturize your skin with an after-sun treatment even when you have not gotten burned. Try Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration After Sun Lotion, which will soothe the skin and has a nice fragrance.


    2. Hydrate

    A Sunburn draws fluid to the surface of your skin, so it is important to stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water in the days you are recovering from a sunburn.

    B_03_Advil_Pain_Tab_Boxes3. Medicate if Necessary

    If your sunburn is causing excessive pain and is blistering, you may benefit from taking a couple ibuprofen. This will help the swelling and redness, and relieve temporary pain caused by the burn.

    4. Leave it Alone to Heal
    If your skin is peeling and blistering, do not pick at the blisters or peel the skin. Touching and irritating the affected areas can lead to a slower recovery time, and even permanent scarring if you have blisters.


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    Tips for Healthy Hair This Summer

    summer-hairSummer can be a hard season on your hair, what with swimming in chlorine and salt water, and not to mention the heat! Frizz, split ends, and dry damaged hair and only a few of the results that summer can have on your hair. Make sure to do everything you can to protect your hair during the hottest time of year. Here are some tips on ways to make sure your locks stay luscious this summer.



    fekkai1. Get a Trim
    Keep your ends healthy by starting summer off right with a trim. Or opt for a short summer cut to keep cool in the heat. Remember, hair grows faster in the summer than in the winter, so you may need another cut before fall.

    2. Protect Your Hair From the Sun
    Apply a UV protection product to your hair prior to spending time in the sun. There are many products available that come in a spray, gel, or cream. Try Aveda Sun Care Protective Hair Veil or Biosilk Thermal Shield.

    3. Keep Your Hair Hydrated
    Make sure to use a deep conditioning treatment often to keep your locks hydrated. Try Frédéric Fekkai Summer Hair After Sun Daily Mask, great for repairing damage caused by heat.

    hair_243x406_0002_dm-sh71-3901004. Use Moisturizing Shampoo and Conditioner
    Change your shower routine to include a moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. Since summer tends to mean showering and shampooing more often, it’s important to make sure your strands stay moisturized. Try Dove Daily Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner. It’s also a good idea to use a clarifying shampoo once a week to remove buildup from extra products.

    5. Ditch the Heat Tools

    Take advantage of the warmer weather and let your hair air-dry instead of using a blow dryer. Skip or reduce the frequency of using curling irons and straighteners, as heat tools will cause excess damage to your hair. When using them, just be sure to apply a thermal shield to your hair before hand.


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    Product Review: Revlon ColorStay Makeup

    revlonThis Friday I thought I’d do a product review on one of my favorite go-to cosmetics. I’ve been trying different face products and foundations for years now, and have finally found a drugstore brand that provides everything I could ask for in a foundation.

    Product: Revlon ColorStay Makeup

    Product Description: A long-wearing foundation that is lightweight and will not fade or rub off. No cakey feel. This makeup is made to last all day and provide continuous hydration.

    Results: The product goes on smoothly, and provides enough coverage to hide flaws and uneven skin tone, but is still light enough that it looks natural. The foundation lives up to it’s claim and last’s all day (even in the heat!). No makeup settling into lines and creases – just an oil free flawless look that lasts all day!

    Stars: 5 out of 5!

    Price:
    Around $11


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    Product Review: Gillette Venus Swirl Razor

    VenusFinally a FlexBall Razor for women! I’ve been secretly wanting to try the Gillette Flexball Razor for men, but never got around to it. So.. perfect timing that the came out with one for women.

    Product Description:
    A contouring razor for women with Gillette’s “revolutionary FLEXIBALL™” and 5 blades. The handle has a nicer grip than the previous Venus Razors, and the blades are surrounded by a water-activated serum to enhance glide on skin.

    Results: The rotating head takes a minute to get used to, but comes in very handy around tricky areas like knees and ankles. The razor glides over skin very smoothly, although the moisture provided seems to be similar to previous Venus Blades. Overall, the Venus Swirl makes it easy to shave quickly and precisely, without causing irritation or nicks. Since the razor itself only has to be purchased once – I’d highly recommend splurging, but maybe sticking to the regular blades. The Flexball is a nice asset, but I didn’t see much difference in the Venus Swirl blade as compared to the previous Venus Blades.

    Stars: 4 1/2 out of 5

    Price: Around $12 for the Razor


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