I can never understand why men would laugh at other men for having cosmetic procedures. We all have our imperfections to deal with, and if women are not judged for trying to fix them, why should men be any different? I've given it a lot of thought, and I believe there is absolutely no reason why guys can't have microdermabrasion.
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Before continuing, you might want to read about the top home microdermabrasion kits reviewed and compared by myself and my friends (I really like home microderm systems because they are convenient to use and don't break the bank) or find out more about doctor-performed microdermabrasion.
I like it when men become increasingly concerned with their looks -- it's a good thing. The increased concern, however, can also have downsides, like turning skin imperfections that men would normally ignore, into real issues. Surprisingly, microderm abrasion can work better on guys than on women.
Unlike women who use skincare products from an early age and on a regular basis, men pay less attention to their looks. Poor skin hygiene leads to a buildup of dead cells on male skin, which, in turn, makes it look tired and dull. The lack of regular skin hygiene is also what makes men more prone to premature aging and sun damage.
Men also need proper skin care because they shave regularly -- irritations and ingrown hairs are clear signs of an added stress to their skin. The skin damage is caused by the shaving itself, as well as by before and after shaving products. In some men, it can even affect their self esteem.
Basically, men can have skin resurfacing just as easily as women can, as long as they are over 16 (because hormonal changes in teenagers can affect the end results). We all know men have an instinctive fear of pain and a strong dislike for inactivity, which is why microderm abrasion suits them well -- it doesn't hurt and they can be up and running shortly after treatment.
The microdermabrasion treatment is identical for both men and women, from the before and after treatment care to possible side effects and contraindications. You may find it difficult to persuade your man to wear sunscreen on a daily basis, though!
I can understand why guys would be reluctant to professional cosmetic treatments. To them, spas, beauty salons and cosmetic surgeries are exclusively female locations. Over the past few years, though, there has been an increasing number of businesses offering cosmetic treatments and offers tailored especially to men. In a move to attract more clients, they run special promotions and offer substantial discounts, often making women envious.
Most men shy away from cosmetic treatments because they are embarrassed. With home micro dermabrasion, though, they have no reason to feel uncomfortable because no one has to see them. When it comes to choosing a product, they also needn't look for special, microdermabrasion kits for men because most products work equally well on male and female skin. But because men tend to be clumsier and less gentle than women, I strongly recommend that guys start with patch tests behind the ear until they get the hang of using microderm kits.
Next, some of the over-the-counter microderm products I've tried.
A: Microderm abrasions cream works on fine wrinkles. It evens out skin texture through abrasion of the top layer of skin. The effect is a reduction or even total removal of superficial wrinkles. Deeper wrinkles need a more invasive non-surgical technique, like a deep chemical peel or laser resurfacing.
A: No, micrdermabrasion does not cause bruising.
A: The Home micrdermabrasion kit from Olay Regenerist is effective for some people and isn't for others. There are many happy customers who say that Olay Regenerist kit does make their face feel smother and look young. On the other hand, there are some unhappy people who say the kit is either too harsh, causing them skin irritation and breakouts, or not very effective in reducing superficial scars and fine wrinkles. The only way to find out if the kit is effective for you is to try to obtain a free sample and test the formula on your skin.
A: Yes, most women who have tried micrdermabrasion and shared their experience online say that the procedure successfully diminished or in some cases even removed superficial aging signs like line and age spots, reduced the number of mild acne episodes and made skin look younger and feel smoother. There are of course women who say that microdermabrasion either damaged their skin, causing irritation and dryness, or had no effect whatsoever. The way your skin reacts to micro dermabration is a very personal thing and you have to try it for yourself to see if it's effective or not.
A: Uneven skin tone is the result of a skin disorder called hyperpigmentation. It can be evened out through several sessions of microderma. The micro-crystal flow abrades the top layer of the skin where unevenly pigmented skin cells are stuck.
A: Microdermabarasion cream stimulates collagen growth which is why it works on large pores. Collagen production is stimulated through skin exfoliation. Furthermore, the vacuum function of most microabrasions devices sucks out hardened oil, dust and other dirt which may clog your pores. This way, the oil in the glands can again reach the surface of your skin and your pores can return to their natural shape and size.
A: One major advantage is the minimum risks and side effects associated with micro dermabration Unlike dermabrasion or laser skin resurfacing, microdermabration takes no more than 30-60 minutes and can be successfully used on the face as well as the body (neck, chest, back and hands). If time or money is an issue, the procedure is also available as a cheap personal microabrasion system (well known brands include Neutrogena, Mary Kay, L'Oreal, Oil of Olay, Homedics, etc). It removes only the very top skin layer which is why it's considered to be the least invasive cosmetic procedure. It doesn't require anesthesia and has virtually no down time after treatment. It can be performed on all skin types and colors without risks and side effects.
A: Microderm abrasion is not recommended if you've had a chemical peel (glycolic acid, salicylic acid, phenol, TCA, Jessner or any other kind of peel) in the last 14 days because the two exfoliating procedures combined are too aggressive and might affect your skin's ability to recover. This applies to home products and doctor-performed treatment.
A: Age spots can be made less visible or even removed entirely through several microderm abrasian treatments - the flow of crystals exfoliates the top layer of the skin and evens out irregular skin pigmentation.
A: You can safely have microderma on skin with tattoos with no risk or side effects. This skin rejuvenation procedure is too mild to affect tattoos.
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