Crystal Microdermabrasion: What, why and how?

To the untrained it might sound like a spell or potion from Rowling’s Hogwarts, but Crystal Microdermabrasion is one of the leading skin treatments for reducing the effects of ageing. Its popularity is ever-growing and therapists are rightly seeking to learn more and get qualified in this technical treatment.

So what does it mean? Let’s break it down: micro - derived from the Greek 'mīkrós’ meaning small; derm - a shortening of dermatology, or treatment of the skin; and abrasion - the effect of scraping by rubbing. In effect the treatment uses the suction of small crystals to deeply exfoliate the skin’s epidermis.

Here are some must-know facts about Crystal Microdermabrasion:

  • How does Crystal Microdermabrasion work? Crystal Microdermabrasion mechanically removes cells from the skins surface, between 0.06mm and to 0.45mm of the skin’s surface in a single treatment.  When the applicator makes contact with the skin it creates a vacuum that sucks the microcrystals from the outer end of the tube into the applicator probe. The applicator is gently guided over the skin for a deep exfoliation.
  • What are the effects of Crystal Microdermabrasion? Effects can be wide-ranging - from desquamating or skin peeling to improvement of coarse skin with open pores. Its best-selling result is the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, lips and neck and its ability to reduce scar tissue caused by acne or stretch marks. It can be used on superficial hyper pigmentation (only if the pigmentation is in the epidermis) and the vacuum itself improves blood and lymph circulation, cellular renewal and skin rejuvenation. Results can be visible after just a single treatment, which is one of the reasons its popularity is growing among clients – and even more reason you should get qualified in Crystal Microdermabrasion!
  • How do I get Crystal Microdermabrasion treatment right? Begin a client's first microdermabrasion treatment by cleansing their skin and starting the machine at the lowest setting.  Test the applicator on the inside of your wrist before applying it to the client’s skin. Remember to ask your client about their comfort levels during the treatment and adjust your speed and pressure accordingly. Avoid pressing the probe too hard or moving it too slowly as that can cause bleeding. Take care when treating the thinner skin of the neck and avoid the delicate skin very close to the eyes completely. Fine lines on the eye-area above the cheekbones and crows feet to the side can still be treated.
  • What levels are there and what does each level treat? Level 1 – exfoliates and helps with the removal of blackheads and spots; Level 2- should be used for fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation and acne scaring; Level 3 – to be used on scars and stretch marks.
  • Are there aftercare considerations for Crystal Microdermabrasion? Absolutely. The treatment is deep-penetrating and so care must be observed by the therapist and client in the following hours and days. Therapists should immediately apply a calming mask and SPF 30+. Use of make-up should be avoided for 24 hours and exposure to direct sunlight avoided for 7 days. Reactions to the treatment can range from anything as mild as slight swelling, redness, dryness or itching to more adverse reactions such as a build-up of fluid under the skin and pin-point bruising. A course of 10-20 treatments is generally recommended every 7-10 days and course maintenance is recommended once a month.


How can I get qualified in Crystal Microdermabrasion? To qualify in Crystal Microdermabrasion, check out Lifetime Training’s Beauty Therapy Diplomas


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