Male Order: Alford & Hoff Microdermabrasion
Microdermabrasion is always a hot topic when it comes to clearer skin, targeting sunspots, pigmentation, scarring, fine lines and even dull skin. Some people think it's not worth it (microdermabrasion is like acupuncture or working out: you have to do it more than once to get actual results). While visiting a dermatologist or professional is the more practical route (pure crystals are used to "sandblast,"), you can also get microdermabrasion in a jar to do at home. The process involves thorough polishing of the outer dermis with oxide crystals, thus clearing those dead skin cells and regenerating new ones. It really gets down into the pores so it's definitely more effective then a scrub (super-deep cleansing, if you will).
I thought I'd give it a shot, and I have been using Alford & Hoff's Microdermabrasion for the past two months. The brand is still quite new on the market so I'm curious as to how it's been received (it's main shtick is the presence of SIR2stac Complex, a beauty trend) after a year. It's been marketed as "luxury," and considering you can only buy it at Bergdorf or Neiman Marcus, you should expect some major results (whether you receive them or not is a different story).
The packaging is quite handsome and masculine, and the Microdermabrasion jar—while only 2 fl oz—is as heavy as a brick ! If that's any indication of marketing (I do love some heavy marble in my Ritz Carlton bathroom's for sure), they've got the clientele in a bag.
The key ingredient is magnesium oxide crystals, which grind away at dead skin cells. This is meant to help smooth out fine lines and wrinkles and generally improve the overall texture of your skin. It's a polish that restrains from irritating the skin's surface. Several top lines have invested in magnesium oxide crystals in a jar, bottled with their own preferred supplementing ingredients that help nourish. For Alford & Hoff, it's aloe extract (to hydrate and smooth) and oat extract (exfoliating and moisturizing).
The product itself is a little pasty and copious miniscule crystals were felt in my fingers when I first applied it months ago, sort of a relief for me as I know I wasn't being shortchanged. I sloughed away at my skin (softly of course, as you don't want to further damage!). After each application, my face does feel like it's been through a super-charged wash. I have to say the results are minimal but apparent, and it's definitely worth getting if you're looking to maintain and improve skin texture. The best option is actually going to a professional to really get past the outer dermis but this will do for now. I clearly know that it's not going to take away all the pigmentation but it's definitely left a smoother complexion.
Microdermabrasion Key Ingredients include Exfoliating Magnesium Oxide Crystals, Aloe Extract and Oat Extract.