Review of MaryKay's Timewise Microdermabrasion Set

I had been reading magazine articles and online reviews about Mary Kay products for a few years when I decided to give the MaryKay Timewise home microdermabrasion set a try in May 2007, two weeks after my third professional microdermabrasion treatment. Although the product is quite expensive, I had faith in the reputation of Mary Kay products (and my sister's advice, who is a great fan of MK anti aging products).

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How Does the Mary Kay Timewise Set Work?

I bought the kit on eBay for $50, but the official price on the company website is $55. The box included two products: an exfoliating cream with aluminum oxide crystals called Refine and a serum with vitamins, antioxidants, and anti-irritants called Replenish.

How To Use The Timewise Microdermabrasion Set

One thing I liked about this kit is that both products last for at least two months even when used 3-4 times a week. I used the set twice a week during the first month, and then increased frequency to three times per week. The exfoliation seemed quite mild and I wanted to make sure I get some obvious results. This is how I used the Timewise set over a 7 week period (always in the evening, never on consecutive days):

  1. I cleaned my face thoroughly with cleanser and warm water.
  2. I applied a quarter-sized amount of Refine cream, gently massaging it into the skin with my fingertips. I used circular motions for no more than 2 minutes.
  3. I rinsed thoroughly with warm water, pat dry and let [the] skin rest for 10 minutes.
  4. I spread a dime-sized amount of Replenish serum evenly onto the face.

What Does Mary Kay Timewise Set Do?

I bought the Timewise microderm set hoping the consumer testing published on the Mary Kay website was real: after one week of use, 85% of consumers saw improvement in skin texture, 73% saw a reduction in fine lines, while 71% saw smaller-looking pores.

My face looked good when I started using the kit because only 2 weeks had passed since my latest professional microdermabrasion. I didn't have major bumps and blemishes, and the lines around my mouth were barely visible. After using the Timewise kit for two weeks with no improvement in skin texture or color, I increased frequency to four times a week.

Results started to show a week later: smaller pores and barely visible lines. However, the Replenish serum was making my skin dry and I decided to stop using the kit two weeks later. However, I did like how my make-up would glide on in the mornings after using the Mary Kay Timewise kit.

There aren't many online reviews about the Mary Kay at-home microdermabrasion set, probably because the product is expensive and doesn't have spectacular results. Some happy consumers say they like the Timewise kit because it makes their skin smooth and radiant, while most unhappy users would never buy the kit again because it is expensive and doesn't do much against fine lines and age spots.

About 99% of the reviews agree on one thing: the Refine cream exfoliates the skin very gently, and the set should be used 3-4 times a week for good results. To conclude, the Mary Kay Timewise microdermabrasion kit is an expensive product with moderate results. There are much better at home sets out there, like Neutrogena, Youthful Essence and Dermanew.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How Can Microbrasion Help Improve Acne?

A: Some doctors say that self micro dermal abrasion can work on mild acne without any risk of irritation or break-outs. There are a few studies published online that show that micro derma abrasion can be an effective treatment for mild acne. Other specialists recommend against using microdermabration as acne treatment, especially on moderate or severe acne. Acne makes the skin more sensitive and prone to breakouts and exfoliation can cause severe scarring and additional inflammation.

Q: Microderm Is It Effective For Young People?

A: Microdermabrasian is safe for young people of all skin types but most doctors recommend it for patients aged 14 and older, mainly because they want to make sure that all major hormonal changes are over and the results of the procedure are as good as they can be.

Q: What Is The Difference Between Micro Abrasion And Chemical Peels?

A: Chemical peels involve applying a mild acid solution to the skin that exfoliates the upper layers of the skin, while microdermabarasion is a mechanical peel that uses a stream of crystals (or a diamond tip wand) and suction to gently exfoliate the skin. Deeper chemical peels can be more effective than.

Q: What To Do Before Having Micro Derma Brasion?

A: One of the main benefits of micro dermabration is how easy it is to prepare for treatment. Simply have your face thoroughly cleaned for treatment. Don't forget to place goggles over your eyes to protect them from stray micro crystals. Also avoid smoking, sunbathing and waxing 14 days before the treatment and stop using Retin-A, Renova, Differin or any glycolic acid products that you may be applying on regular basis.

Q: How Good Is Micro Dermal Abrasion On Your Neck?

A: Personal microdermation sets can be used on your neck as long as it's especially formulated as a facial micro abrasion system (unless otherwise stated). Using a body microdermabasion tool on your neck may be too harsh and result in irritation. Surgeon-performed microdermal abrasion is suitable for use on the neck.

Q: Can You Use Microderma While Nursing?

A: We recommend that you wait until you deliver your baby and finish the nursing period before microdermabarasion Your skin is more sensitive during pregnancy and nursing and microbrasion systems may cause irritation or severe scarring. This procedure is also not recommended for pregnant and nursing women because hormonal changes during this period may reduce the effectiveness of the procedure.

Q: Which Microdermal Abrasion Is Best?

A: The only one who can give you the right answer on this one is your doctor. He or she can tell you whether home kits or professional (crystal or diamond tipped microdermabrasia ) treatment is best.

Q: Micro Derma Abrasion Is It Good For Whiteheads?

A: By exfoliating the top layer of the skin, microdermabration machines clean deep into the pore and removes excess oil and dirt that clog pores - which causes whiteheads. Most whiteheads are removed while the more stubborn ones become less noticeable.

Q: Is Micro Derma Abrasion Good For Your Skin?

A: By resurfacing the top layer of the skin, office microdermabarasion is effective. After a full treatment of 6-12 sessions, most people notice significant improvement in skin tone and texture. The face looks younger, feels smoother, and has fewer superficial scars, fine wrinkles, enlarged or clogged pores. More severe skin imperfections require more invasive procedures like laser or chemical peeling. Self micro dermabration is also not as effective as clinic microdermabrasian.