Finding Your Inner Self Through Microdermabrasion Cream
It is very unfortunate that experience and wisdom only come with age. Experience always takes time, and while wisdom may come in the flower of youth, it ages well nonetheless. Youth in the meantime is wasted on the young.
We are in the age where it is foolish to believe in the nectar of gods or the fountains of youth. But the advances in modern technology have always striven to find for us what is in our hearts. Regardless of age, time or status, what we desire has never changed. As Elizabeth Jennings wrote, to) be what the old cannot recall and the young long for in dreams…”
Microdermabrasion — A Brief History
It is one such advance of modern technology. It has been around since man first slapped mud on his body, but in more formal and purposeful settings, the first microdermabrasion procedure was first used in 1985, in Italy, using aluminum oxide as its main abrasive ingredient. The technology quickly spread in Europe, and by 1992, at least 10 more units of microdermabrasion technology was already in use. It was only in 1996 that the FDA approved of the procedure and treatment in the United States, and from there, other creams and procedures such as diamond microdermabrasion were used in lieu of aluminum oxide.
The Microdermabrasion Focus
The focus of the procedure is entirely on the outermost layer of skin on the human body known as the stratum corneum. The stratum corneum is made up of dead skin cells that have been pushed away from the dermis by the growth of new skin cells. As the human body continues to produce new skin cells, the old stratum corneum is exfoliated, and the cycle begins anew.
The stratum corneum is not simply a collection of dead skin cells. It performs vital functions of the skin, being on the outermost layer of the epidermis. Its first role is as protection, by being the first line of defense against infections, bacteria or germs that would otherwise be easily absorbed by the human body. In keeping out the unwanted elements, the stratus corneum also performs its second function by keeping all the necessary elements in place. The function of keeping the body’s moisture up is performed by the stratum corneum, and this will become more relevant later on.
The Way Microdermabrasion Cream Works
It works by stripping the skin of the stratum corneum through abrasion, as gently as possible. This is the reason after a procedure, the skin is red all over and there is also some skin irritation involved. It requires several treatments in order to work properly, and is never a one-time deal.
By removing the stratum corneum gradually and slowly, newer skin cells replace the stratum corneum. This hastens the cycle of renewal in the epidermis, and the effect is a return to that youthful glow.
The Ingredients in the Cream
The effectiveness of the procedure is based on the ingredients in the cream. The abrasiveness the main ingredient in the cream is the cause for the removal of the stratum corneum. While it was aluminum oxide that was first used, other more abrasive ingredients have proven as capable as the first. Diamond bits, crushed pearls, silica and pumice crystals have also been tried, tested and used in the procedure. Even a blend of these crystals are also in use.
Other ingredients may be present in the cream. Some creams add mild acids to the crystals, in order to hasten the process. The effects are more potent than a pure crystal blend — however, some skin types of more sensitive natures might not react with pleasing results.
The trend of going green certainly has had its effects on microdermabrasion. With natural ingredients to the crystal mix, the cream adds the desirable effects of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory elements to the procedure. Ingredients such as wheat germ, cucumber and and bamboo extracts speed up the healing effects. A side benefit to adding natural ingredients is that the chances of any allergic reactions to these additions are less likely.
Some blends add vitamins to the cream that also aid in the health process. Vitamins K, E, and C are well recommended, although Vitamin A might not be advisable to the more sensitive skin type, due to the exfoliating effects of the vitamin.
The most immediate microdermabrasion side effects include redness of the skin along with some irritability. However, this effect simply assures you that the cream is in fact working. Otherwise, the absence of redness and irritation could be a sign that the cream is too gentle for your skin.
It is also important to remember that the redness and irritation comes after the procedure — usually an hour after, up to two days later. The effects do not come during the procedure. It has been a common mistake to rub the cream longer than the recommended period of time. The result is that too much stratum corneum has been removed, leaving your skin very raw and irritable.
But when the treatments are done the correct manner, the effect is literally younger skin. By hastening the renewal cycle of the epidermis, younger skin cells will be acting as the stratum corneum. Newer skin cells means your skin is stronger and more elastic, and can withstand the rigors of your body better than the old stratum corneum.
Blemishes, hyper-pigmentation, clogged pores or blotchy skin, all these are also remediable using the procedure. Just keep in mind that during the treatments, your stratum corneum is also in a process of renewal — dehydration and infections out will be a concern.
Your Inner Self Is Revealed
So in truth, the microdermabrasion treatment procedure is literally your inner self. And while it may not exactly be a spiritual journey, the effect is an external return to youth. But age and wisdom will be with you, and if only on the surface, youth.