My facial skin care routine has always been really basic. Wash face. Done. That was it. Now I have decided to see if I like the results of adding exfoliating into my routine. I recently started using masks in the hope of getting a deeper cleaning that would minimize pores. More recently I decided to try out a few different exfoliating facial scrubs by St. Ives and also picked up the Neutrogena Microdermabrasion System.
Although I decided to give them a try I didn’t expect much from the scrubs or the Microdermabrasion tool. I’ve only used the Apricot Scrub (with an active ingredient of 2% Salicylic Acid) a few times and have not yet seen a difference in my skin from the scrub. But, after using the Neutrogena Microdermabrasion System just once I did feel my skin was softer and smoother. The box my Microdermabrasion tool came in claimed that “Dermatologist clinical study proves… 91% instantly had smoother, more luminous skin”. I would count myself among this 91%! I’ve only used the Microderabrasion tool twice, but so far I am happy with the results!
Other claims include:
- 1 week 88% had visible improvement in the look of fine lines
- 4 weeks 88% had significantly reduced appearance of wrinkles or age spots
- 8 weeks 72% had substantially firmer looking skin
The instructions are pretty broad and say to “Massage 1 to 2 minutes per facial area”. I’m not sure what they consider a facial area, but I divide my face into 3 zones – forehead, left side, and right side of face and like my results.
Neutrogena Microdermabrasion System (Referral link!)