This year, on my 54th birthday, I decided to pop into the salon near my home and treat myself to a microdermabrasion treatment. My skin was looking dull and as I gazed into the 10x mirror, my pores looked even bigger. I loved the procedure so much that I went back two weeks later for another one. This could get pricey! So needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity to do a Dare to Try review of the Riiviva Microderm Device ($299) at home. I am blessed with well-behaved skin for my age, but do have some aging issues I hoped would be alleviated by a weekly polishing.

The Riiviva Microderm Device claims “to remove the outer layer of skin by gently polishing it with a high quality diamond tip while vacuuming the loosened skin cells away into its filter canister. Removing this outer layer of skin results in a smoother texture, enhances skin brightness and improves dull skin.” It can also be used for keratosis pilaris (the red bumps typically on the back of arms), acne scarring, stretch marks, sunspots and fine wrinkles. The product arrived in a luxurious box with attachments, including three diamond tips for the face, each in different grades of roughness. I read through the instruction booklet and watched the videos on the website first to get an idea of the proper use of the device.

Editor's Note: The Riiviva kit now comes with 2 tips instead of three. The tips have also changed to free rotating tips for a better treatment.

I have to admit, I was nervous. On their recommendation I started small, with the finest tip, lowest suction level (there are three) and lightest pressure. Using the Riiviva takes some getting used to, but the device itself is a workhorse. It is solid, well-made and powerful. Important tips to ensure a successful treatment include:

  • Start with a clean face
  • Allow skin to thoroughly dry before starting the procedure
  • Become familiar with the contours of your face 

Following the pattern examples in the book, I was able to make mostly horizontal passes across my face. In a few tricky areas, a short, vertical pass worked nicely. The hardest part for me was getting the hang of keeping the tip firmly against the skin to maintain suction. You can definitely hear the difference and feel the pull when the device is properly aligned. Two passes over the same area of skin were sufficient for me to see a nice flush that quickly faded into a clear vibrancy. My skin was super soft and really soaked up the serum I applied afterward. I also really like the effect on my rough knees and ankles, following it up with (shout out) Retrospect Feet, Knees & Elbows. It feels like a spa treatment.

Overall, I think the Riiviva Microderm Device is a subtle treatment that works best when part of a regimen that includes a healthy lifestyle, effective serums and the Ultra Renew Ultrasonic LED. It is not a miracle worker, but it definitely creates a beautiful palate to work with. Although the price point seems initially high, you would easily spend that amount on a few salon treatments. I have not used it long enough to notice sunspots or wrinkles diminishing, but I do know that whenever I see my reflection in the mirror throughout the day, I am very pleased with the healthy glow reflected back. I can only surmise that the brightness is coming from that shiny fresh layer of skin. And that, ladies and gents, is definitely worth my two thumbs up!