You may have heard of microdermabrasion, a procedure offered at several spas and clinics where the outermost layer of your skin (mostly dead skin) is removed (using crystals or other well, lightly abrasive materials like alumina crystals). Its purpose is to reduce the appearance of scars, hyperpigmentation and fine lines and to give you an overall glow. I’m not sure how I personally feel about the procedure, especially since a friend of mine tried it for herself. Wherever she got it done, they told her she would have to have six sessions – by the third session she was breaking out horribly but they told her she would need the full treatment to see the full results and encouraged her to stick with it (red flag!). I think she may have had one more when her whole face was covered with pimples and she finally stopped. It was, for lack of a better word, scarring for me -- and I’m sure, her too.

I have no doubt there are many other people who have had better results or skin that is better suited to the procedure than my sensitive-skinned friend…or at least would have had better guidance from a qualified expert, like Marta had with her wonderful esthetician. But that said, I myself would probably opt for exfoliating methods on a much smaller scale. I found Lierac’s Micro-Abrasian Stimulating Smoothing Cream which seemed to fit the bill – a product that exfoliates and leaves skin smoother and “more radiant.”

The company says they draw inspiration from the cosmetic technique of micro-abrasion and you will get “brand new skin” in just 2 minutes. The cream’s active ingredients include alumina crystals (25%) for deep exfoliation and to stimulate cell renewal and micro-circulation as well as urea (3%) for hydration and comfort. It also has moisturizing agent cetearyl glucoside derived from fatty acids. The use of c13-14 isoparaffin is another moisturizer, however it is listed as a potential allergan. At the end of the ingredients list, they tag several parabens. Now I wish I had looked at the ingredients list before trying it out!

The particles are so tiny and do feel rather soothing to my face. But after trying it out multiple times, I noticed there were several little raised dots appearing on my face – kind of like little pimples, only they weren’t red. I don’t know if it was an allergic reaction, but my skin was just not reacting well to the cleanser. Instead of the radiant glow it promised, I was left a little more blotchy than before. I guess I did get brand new skin in 2 minutes – just not the skin I was hoping for.

water (aqua). alumina. diisopropyl sebacate. mineral oil (paraffinum liquidum). urea. cetearyl alcohol. cetearyl glucoside. glyceryl stearate. peg-100 stearate. glycerin. polyacrylamide. c13-14 isoparaffin. laureth-7. glycine. phenoxyethanol. isobutylparaben. methylparaben. propylparaben. ethylparaben. butylparaben. botanical origin (d’origine végétale)