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Traditionally, microdermabrasion is performed in clinics. There are two main types to choose from: Crystal microdermabrasion uses a device that sprays crystal particles over the patient's face, that essentially "sandblasts" the complexion, loosening the top layer of dead skin cells. Alternatively, a diamond-tipped exfoliating wand is passed over the surface of the skin, a little like a sander on a wall, and with no wayward particles, it's less messy.
Nowadays you can perform microdermabrasion at home either using seriously grainy exfoliators (a little like the crystal treatment) or handy gadgets that smooth the skin's surface (similar to the diamond option). Instantly you'll notice your skin will look brighter and fresher. Do it twice a week and the intense exfoliation makes way for your topical skincare products to sink in more efficiently and, over time, you'll notice more profound results like a more even skin tone or fewer stubborn spots.
The ExfoliatorsNo7 Total Renewal Micro-Dermabrasion Exfoliator $11Shop
Containing aluminium-oxide micro-crystals, this grainy exfoliator stimulates skin cell renewal in just four uses. This means that beyond the brightening benefits of exfoliation, this scrub kick-starts skin to act younger, helping to soften fine lines. Smart and affordable.Kiehl's Epidermal Re-Texturising Micro-Dermabrasion $41Shop
A polishing cream, this effectively sloughs away dead skin but won't leave it dry or sensitive thanks to the addition of shea butter. Great for dry skin types.The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Boosting MicrodermabrasionShop
Crushed garnet shells are packed into this refreshing scrub, along with complexion-brightening vitamin C. It works so well that of the reviews on the website, 96% of users would recommend this to a friend.
The GadgetsPMD Personal Microderm International $135Shop
This device stimulates collagen and elastin production, thanks to a vacuum that boosts circulation. The spinning disc attachments (green for normal skin, blue for sensitive and grey for very sensitive) with aluminium oxide crystals smooth the surface of the skin to minimise the appearance of fine lines, blemishes and enlarged pores.DermaTx Clarify Microdermabrasion System $65Shop
Battery-operated, this handheld tool uses micro-pulsing vibrations paired with an exfoliating foam head to dislodge dead skin. The addition of the Rejuvenate cream with 2% salicylic acid aids in the exfoliation and tackles acne-induced inflammation, making this a good choice if you're prone to breakouts.Homedics Radiance Microdermabrasion $199 $149Shop
Combining a "salon-grade" diamond tip with a vacuum, this handheld device has four speed settings. It takes five minutes to cover your whole face, and it promises to reduce the appearance of lines, blackheads and scarring in three weeks.