I haven't tried this product because as I understand from several users, the jar is very small for its price. I was very happy with the Youthful Essence kit, though, which is actually cheaper than Micro Pearl. My friend Donna though, who likes to spend on cosmetics more than I do, wants to try the Micro Pearl Abrasion because it's not only very popular, but also very trendy thanks to all the stars endorsing it.
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As soon as she uses the product, I will update the review with her feedback, but until then, all I have are tens of online reviews and several newspaper magazines written by editors who've tried the product.
The Micro Pearl Abrasion kit is available online for around $40 and will last for maximum 4 weeks, while the monthly supplies cost $37 per kit. The personal kit has a pearl shaped sponge applicator and an exfoliating cream with crushed pearls as abrading agents, amino acids, calcium, and sea minerals to calm the skin.
The use instructions are straight-forward:
For best results, the kit should be used 2-3 days in a row, followed by a 5 day-break, to help your skin recover after the abrading process. The sponge has to be thoroughly cleaned with antibacterial soap and warm water after each application, especially if you intend to use it for an entire month.
Unfortunately, I don't have any personal feedback on Micro Pearl to share with you, but I've read more than a few online reviews and I believe I can draw some conclusions about how this kit works. The positive reviews mention the gentle exfoliation offered by the crushed pearl cream, suitable for sensitive and acne prone skin.
As for results, pleased customers talk about softer skin, repaired broken capillaries around the nose, less visible age spots and more evenly toned skin. On the other hand, some users complain about the fact that the Micro Pearl Abrasion kit doesn't do much on enlarged pores. Furthermore, the sponge is difficult to handle and the jar is deceptively small, lasting for no more than 8 uses.
Next, the most popular microdermabrasion kits compared.
A: Healthy-looking skin needs elasticity and density, both achievable through skin cell renewal. Micro dermabration kit abrades the outermost skin layer and stimulates skin renewal. An effective skin renewal process results in increased elasticity and density. Moreover, the vacuum function of the micro abrasion equipment sucks up dirt and hardened oil to reveal an even skin texture and tone.
A: Microderm abrasian works by sandblasting the outermost skin layer but cannot abrade deeper skin layers where tattooed skin cells are which is why it cannot be used for tattoo removal. Removing tattoos requires laser or surgical procedures which are invasive enough to reach pigmented skin cells.
A: By removing the top layer of skin, microdermabrasia pulverizes away the dead skin layer (the outermost layer) in order to even out skin texture and fade superficial facial scars. Deeper facial scarring needs more invasive non-surgical techniques, like deep chemical peels or laser facial resurface.
A: By resurfacing the top layer of the skin, over the counter microdermbrasion does help your face. It can help fight mild acne, acne scarring, clogged and enlarged pores, age and sun spots, stretch marks, freckles, and fine lines, tired and dull skin. More severe skin imperfections require more invasive procedures like laser or chemical peeling. Home microderm abrasion is also not as effective as clinic microderm.
A: By exfoliating the top layer of the skin, microdermal abrasion kit cleans deep into the pore and removes excess oil and dirt that clog pores - which causes blackheads. Most blackheads are removed while more stubborn blackheads are reduced.
A: Lupus patients should not have micro dermabration This procedures is somewhat invasive to the skin (any skin rejuvenation treatment is to some extent) and can worsen their condition. This applies to home microdermal abrasion as well, despite its mild effect.
A: Compared to other non-surgical procedures, microdermabrastion is the cheapest skin rejuvenation procedure. For example, microdermbrasion kits cost between $15 and $200, depending on contents and brand. Kits that include a rotating hand-held device designed to massage the crystal cream onto your face are the most expensive (and the most effective). The price of a single microdermal abrasion treatment at a beauty salon or spa varies between $75 and $200. One full face session at a surgeon or dermatologist office costs somewhere between $100 and $300, not including initial consultation fees (which may cost an additional $150). You may need an average of 9 treatments and 4 maintenance sessions for best results which makes a full microdermabasion treatment cost around $1,600 per year.
A: Clinic micro dermal abrasion is performed by a trained aesthetician or beautician who uses a hand-held, sandblaster-like device to spray and circulate a high pressure flow of aluminum oxide crystals onto the skin. The crystals gently exfoliate the very top layer of the skin. This hand-held tool also contains a vacuum system that sucks away the debris, dead skin cells and used micro crystals.
A: Home microderma sets can be used on your body as long as it's especially formulated as a body microabrasion system. Using a facial micro derma abrasion system on your body will not have the desired result because it's much too mild to have a significant effect on your body. Surgeon-performed microbrasion is suitable for use on the body except for the feet where the skin is too thin.
A: Professional micro derma brasion tool is safe for all ages and 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.
A: Compared to other cosmetic procedures, cosmetic microderm abrasion involves few risks: if the machine is not properly handled or has not been properly sterilized, hyperpigmentation, skin injuries or infections may occur as a result; it is also possible to inhale micro crystals used during the procedure. Aluminum oxide crystals, however, cause no allergic or adverse reactions. Eye injury from stray micro crystals used to be a concern but these days plastic or rubber goggles makes it extremely unlikely.
A: Rosacea is one of the main contraindications of microdermabrasion, because the exfoliation process worsens rosacea symptoms (redness, itchiness, flaking). Personal microabrasions kits are not recommended either (even though they are milder).
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.
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