What is PMD?
PMD stands for Personal Microderm. It’s an at-home device with similar technology of those found in spas for microdermabrasion treatments. So that brings us to what is microdermabrasion. Microdermabrasion is a procedure that uses a spinning disc and suction to exfoliate to remove the outermost layer of dead skin while helping stimulate the cells. Trust me- this is how you kick your physical exfoliation game up.
What does the kit include?
PMD offers 5 different kits in the US and Canada; same device and disc options but they come with different additions such as additional discs, skin care products, and different device colors. It’s hard to say which one you should purchase. I don’t go crazy over skin care products that are included with tools so I can’t see myself going with a more expensive kit with products I most likely won’t use or love. I also know my skin (and my excessive behavior treats) very well so I knew I wouldn’t need the red/ course discs. Without those additions alone it’ll save you around $45.00. But if you’re not sure and want to give the other products then give it a try. Since it’s essentially an exfoliation tool it’s as good as the skin care products and skin care regimen you already have built.
Why isn’t manual exfoliation enough?
For some it can be but for most it isn’t enough. I’ve had microdermabrasion done at the spa for around $100 and loved the results but it would require me going every 2-4 weeks to see the best results possible. This isn’t a replacement for regular skin care and exfoliating, no more than facials are an excuse to ditch regular care. I have hyperpigmentation which means my melanin cells are overactive so the slightest bump, pick, or nick can cause a blemish. It’s been a lot of work but if I had a better skin care routine as a teen or even in my early 20’s it would have been better. My skin looks better now than it did back then.
Does it work?
It does! It works just as good as the treatments I’ve had performed in spas… and I’m not even using the most aggressive red coarse disc. But you have to keep in mind this is an advance tool. If you don’t know your skin well and being on a skin care regimen is something new to you then I would wait until you’re comfortable.
How do I use the PMD?
Every Monday evening after double cleansing once with an oil cleanser followed by a deep foaming cleanser (without my Clarisonic because that could be too stimulating), I completely dry my face. This step is crucial because you can’t have any moisture to the face so be sure to pat dry. It’s recommended that you do one round without going over the same area twice. I do two rounds because…. extra…. always extra. I do the same with my chest area but with the larger disc and cap. Once I’m done using it I remove and clean the cap, filter, and ring to completely clean everything to remove the gross skin dust. I rinse and follow up with a toner, usually Mario Badescu Facial Rosewater Spray, apply my spot treatment, and moisturize as usually. I only adds about 5 minutes to my regular routine. Most times I use the green medium discs but if I feel that my skin can use a more gentle treatment I switch to the blue sensitive disc. Since there’s absolutely no down time or peeling (for the most part, I’ve peeled a tiny bit from…. you guessed it being extra) I don’t worry doing a treatment during the week. 2-3 days later I start using my regular exfoliator and you’ll see even better results after switching back too.
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