My battle with problem skin is ongoing, and although it’s settled down a lot I still do have what I thought were blackheads and the odd pimple.
Basically a tiny jet pen pushes a mixture of saline and gas into your skin, giving you a really deep cleanse and hydration, and a good exfoliation at the same time, but it’s a lot more gentle than other dermabrasion treatments.
Hydrodermabrasion does sound a bit mental, but Lynette at Medi-Cosmetic talked me through what I should expect – a cold pressure – and said she’d be watching my reaction to make sure it wasn’t too much for me.
So I snuggled up under a blanket and Lynette got to work lightly brushing my skin with the jet pen. It was an odd experience. I could feel the air blasting onto my forehead, and combined with the water it was a bit chilly, but mostly I was so curious about what was happening and excited to see the results.
The treatment was carried out all over my face and just under my jaw line, which is quite often where ladies have issues with spots. It lasted around 30 minutes and afterwards Lynette applied an SPF because the exfoliation would leave newer, more vulnerable skin exposed.
|Immediately after hydrodermabrasion.|
After the hydrodermabrasion, my skin was the softest it has ever been, probably EVER. It was like velvet. I was advised that I didn’t need to exfoliate for around seven days, and as a scrubby addict this did worry me a bit. However I really haven’t felt that I needed to.
|One hour after hydrodermabrasion.|
Two pretty great things came out of the hydrodermabrasion:
1. Lynette said the blackheads on my nose are not blackheads, they’re just blocked pores.
2. The wrinkle on my forehead, which appears when I’ve not drunk enough water, still hasn’t reappeared five days later, even after a cheeky Merlot or three at the weekend.
I’m really impressed with how gorgeous my skin felt after the treatment and it still feels really nice.
Although it’s not realistic to expect your spots to disappear after having this, I felt my blocked pores were much less noticeable and a few little pimples were brought to the surface.
Below I’ve embedded a video that has a more information about hydrodermabrasion, as well as the link to the Medi-Cosmetic page.
Medi-Cosmetic is one of only two salons in Northern Ireland that carries out hydrodermabrasion and I had mine at their Whiteabbey venue, as they also have premises at Bloomfield Avenue.
Whiteabbey village is just down the road from me and it also performs major stuff like botox and uses a consultant plastic surgeon so it’s definitely more high brow than your standard beauty salon.
I’m a big fan of Medi-Cosmetic, and have previously had facials, waxing and cellulite-busting treatment (more here) at their salon in Whiteabbey village.
Hydrodermabrasion can be used as a stand-alone treatment, or as a course, and if you’re getting IPL hair removal hydodermabrasion can enhance its effects.