Hey everyone, today we’re going to be having a little chat about the PMD at home microdermabrasion kit. This is just my first impressions and a little background on the product, a full review will be coming in a couple of weeks.
In the interest of full disclosure, I was sent this product to review, and I was petrified of it. Those of you who are regulars here will know that skin is my thing, and I’ve always been interested in microdermabrasion. So, when the offer came to review it, I said yes instantly. Literally without thinking. And when I did start thinking, I got scared.
If you search ‘sensitive skin’ on my blog you’ll basically see a list of every beauty post I’ve ever written. And if you read my skincare story, you’ll know that it’s an area I’ve had some issues with (for more information about my skin before the review I recommend you read that post). I was excited, caught up in a moment, then reality hit home that I’d just agreed to review a product that literally sucks dead skin off your face.
I don’t like anything abrasive. I’m anti facial brush, anti Clarisonic and I don’t even like physical exfoliators and I’ve just agreed to use something that sucks the skin off your face. Literally.
This was quite a while ago now. The product came, I sat looking at the box for about a week, too nervous to use it. Then I’d finally plucked up the courage to try it and got a rash, so I couldn’t use it. Rash lasted about two weeks, gave my skin a bit of time to recover and before you know it, the box has been sat there about a month without me even opening it.
What is microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion basically uses tiny crystals or diamonds and vacuum suction to buff away the top layer of your skin, removing dead skin. The idea is, your skin treats it like an injury and rushes to repair it with fresh, healthy skin. Like every exfoliator, it can make skin brighter, help with pigmentation and reduce the appearance of fine lines and reduce scarring.
What’s the PMD?
The PMD Microdermabrasion kit is an at home microdermabrasion device, it uses a crystal spinning disc to remove the dead skin (read: sucks skin from face).
What’s in the box?
The box comes with the device itself, a cap to use on your face, a cap for use on the body and several different coloured discs for different strengths of exfoliation. You also get a power cord with different adaptors for the US, UK and Europe. There’s an instruction leaflet and an instruction DVD. As I was petrified of the product, I chose to watch the DVD. More than once.
The DVD is only 9 minutes long, so it doesn’t take up too much time. It explains the basics of what microdermabrasion is for those who don’t know and explains what the different coloured discs are for. It comes with a white disc, which is the ‘training’ disc, gray discs which are for very sensitive skin and blue and green ones which are for ‘normal’ skin. There’s a longer, thinner disc, which is for the face and a wider one for the body in each of the colours other than white.
They tell you to use upward motions, holding the skin taught and tell you to do a test patch on your arm. It also says to make sure you have freshly cleansed skin. Now, my skin is more sensitive after I cleanse it, so I opted to cleanse that morning then leave it a few hours before I tried the device.
I’m glad I watched the DVD, it provided some useful information on how to use the product, but it didn’t exactly do a lot to calm my nerves. They tell you to not let it sit on your skin, to keep it moving at all times and that you must pull your skin taught. Obviously, this just leaves me panicking about what happens if I leave it a bit too long and I’m now stressing about it sucking all of my skin off.
I also didn’t use my arm, I used a leg. The theory behind this was there’s snow on the ground, if this goes badly, no one will see it if it’s my leg. And a more rational theory, I have some scarring on one of my legs, so I have something to compare a before and after to, to see if anything actually improves.
They tell you to moisturise afterwards, I didn’t do this because absolutely everything burns my skin after exfoliation. Once again, I waited an hour or so before I moisturised.
I used the gray disc on my leg at first, with the body cap and I was really pleasantly surprised when it didn’t hurt, burn or sting at all. The skin on my body isn’t as sensitive as my face, but it is still sensitive and easily irritated. It was gliding along quite smoothly and it all went well.
Now it’s time to do my face and I’m scared again, obviously. This is my face. An electrical, skin-sucking device on my face. This was actually quite challenging. The device has a power cord rather than a battery and you need to use one hand to hold your skin taught and the other hand is holding the device. My dressing table is not near any sockets, the bathroom does not contain any sockets, the full-length mirror is also not next to any sockets. This is the part where I’m balancing a compact mirror on my kneecap in mid-air while the electrical skin-sucker is doing its thing.
I used the white training disc on my face rather than the gray one I used on my body. Wincing, expecting pain as I glide it over my cheek, surprisingly, nothing happened. I definitely felt it more on my face than my body, but it didn’t hurt/ burn/ pull.
Interestingly though, that was with the training disc. You can buy replacements for all of the coloured discs, but not the training disc. After using it, I was waiting to see if I had any sort of delayed reaction. I got some tingling, which is normal for any exfoliator. This tingling sensation lasted about three hours. Longer than a normal exfoliator. And that’s using the training disc.
They say to escalate your usage depending on how well your skin handles the microdermabrasion. I can’t see my face being able to handle anything beyond the gray disc. And I’m not sure how well it will handle that one.
My first experience went better than I anticipated. The fear, although not totally unwarranted, was unnecessary. I am still slightly apprehensive about using the other disc. By the time you’re reading this I’ll have probably used the device twice (two weeks). They tell you to use it for at least a month to see results, so come back in a couple of weeks for my final verdict, before and after photos and see if I have any skin left.
Well done if you made it this far, this is a long one.
Until next time,
This product was sent to me in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own.