I received the Philosophy Microdelivery Peel microdermabrasion kit in 2005, as a Christmas gift from my sister Jennifer and my husband. They both knew I was reluctant to pay $70 for a cosmetic product, even though I was very curious whether the kit really worked or not. My sister bought the kit from Amazon and gave it to me a few days before Christmas.
I used it for a total of 8 weeks, until February 2006, when I started my second professional microdermabrasion treatment. The results of Philosophy Vitamin C peel were disappointing. Sorry Jen and Mark! After all, it's the thought that counts. Since then, though, I discovered Youthful Essence which has become my favorite microdermabrasion product.
The kit has two products: a micro crystal peptide cream and an activator gel. According to Philosophy, the special ingredient of the Microdelivery Peel is the peptide complex found in the crystal cream. Olay Regenerist uses a similar peptide complex to stimulate collagen and elastin production.
In fact, these two personal microdermbrasion kits (Olay and Philosophy) work in similar ways and have almost identical results. I used both kits in 2005 and I can honestly say the only difference between the two products is price, Microdelivery being twice as expensive.
Both kits have a peptide crystal cream and an activation serum. The two exfoliating creams have similar bicarbonate sodium crystals, Vitamin C, and lactic acid as ingredients while the activation serum works in identical manner with both kits: it dissolves the sodium bicarbonate crystals and transforms them into white foam whereas the lactic acid further exfoliates the skin, causing an unusual warming sensation.
Philosophy says their home peel kit works better than others thanks to the peptides designed to speed up the skin cell renewal process. But I think the main reason why Microdelivery is more effective than other at home kits is the triple peeling effect of the bicarbonate micro crystals, the peptides, and the lactic acid found in the two products.
The micro crystals exfoliate skin mechanically, while peptides and lactic acid chemically peel off dead and damaged skin cells. The Vitamin C protects the skin from further damage caused by sun rays, dust and pollution.
For me, Microdelivery At-Home Peel wasn't as effective as I had hoped. I had used three other personal kits before Philosophy despite it being the most expensive and popular of them, Microdelivery had modest results.
Since Microdelivery has only two products and no resurfacing tool, it took me no more than a few minutes to use the kit. I did my exfoliating routine in the evenings, right after dinner, because I wanted to monitor any immediate results before going to sleep. Here's how I used the kit products:
The warming sensation caused by the activation serum is a little strange at first, but I got used to it after the first three uses. The mechanical exfoliation is mild and I felt tempted to press harder with my fingers during the massage. Fortunately, I realized just in time that the products also have chemical peeling acids which further exfoliate the skin without me noticing it. Any additional pressure might have caused severe injuries.
I stuck to the frequency instructions on the box and used the kit twice a week. After the first two uses, I noticed my face looked cleaner and brighter but after another 4 weeks, the final results were disappointing.
The good thing about the Philosophy Microdelivery kit is that is causes no irritations or side effects. I used the kit about 12 times and not once did the products make me break out or experience redness or itchiness. On the other hand, the kit results weren't as good as I had hoped. When I started using Microdelivery, I had a few fine lines around my mouth and on my forehead, some enlarged pores on my nose, a few blackheads on the chin and some sun spots on my cheeks.
The only thing that Microdelivery improved was the appearance of my pores, which were considerably smaller after using the kit for 7 weeks. However, my sun spots, fine lines and blackheads were still there. The triple peeling of the crystals, peptides and lactic acid isn't as effective as Philosophy make it out to be.
To my surprise, most forums and chat groups are full of positive reviews about the Philosophy kit. Many customers say the two products cleared away age spots, blemishes and bumps; others are very pleased that the product lasts for a long time, while some say their skin was baby-smooth and bright after using the Vitamic C peel. I'm sure this kit worked very well for many customers but in my case, the Microdelivery Peel is simply a very expensive scrub and nothing more.
A: Smoother-looking skin needs elasticity and density, both achievable through skin cell renewal. Micro derm abrasion 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 microdemabrasion machine sucks up dirt and hardened oil to reveal an even skin texture and tone.
A: At-home micro dermabration should be used according to the instructions that come with the product (some are made for every-other day use, others can be applied only once a week). Professional microdermabrasion is a whole different thing: the sessions need to be scheduled at least 1-2 weeks apart, so that the skin has enough time to heal. After you finish your treatment, you will need a maintenance session once every 2-3 months.
A: The face is the most common treated area. If you choose specialist microdermoabrasion. the specialist who performs it will adjust the settings of the machine for face microderm abrasions. If you decide to do the procedure on your own, be sure to search for a specially designed facial microdermabrasia cream.
A: Redness following microderma abrasion fades in a few hours after the procedure.
A: Keratosis sufferers should not use microbrasion This procedures is somewhat invasive to the skin (any skin rejuvenation treatment is to some extent) and can worsen their condition. This applies to personal micro dermabration as well, despite its mild effect.
A: Microdermabrasian machine is effective on uneven pigmentation The micro-crystal flow abrades the top layer of the skin where unevenly pigmented skin cells are stuck. Several beauty salon micro derma abrasion sessions are required to even out skin tone and get rid of irregular pigmentation.
A: Micro abrasion product 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: Younger-looking skin needs elasticity and density, both achievable through skin cell renewal. Microderm abrasian tool 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 microdermabarasion unit sucks up dirt and hardened oil to reveal an even skin texture and tone.
A: You can use micrdermabrasion on tattooed skin with no risk or side effects. This skin resurfacing technique is too mild to remove tattoos.
A: Macrodermabrasion set removes the outermost layer of the skin by sandblasting it with a jet of micro crystals. During the procedure, part of the pigment is physically eliminated and, at the same time, collagen production is stimulated so that your skin regains its density and elasticity. After 6 to 12 micro abrasion treatments, the skin cells damaged by the sun are entirely removed and new, healthy skin cells take their place.
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