Having tried a microdermabrasion facial quite some time back via the fabulous Nougat Spa and Crystal Clear, I jumped at the chance to try one from another brand, SkinBase. My previous experience was of clear, gorgeously smooth skin after an hour's painless exfoliation and a moisturising mask.
SkinBase, I found, is a different kettle of fish to Crystal Clear - the machine looks and sounds much the same, and the microdermabrasion material is a similar crystal based product - but that's where the similarity ends. Where the Crystal Clear facial was a painless experience akin to someone vacuuming my face, the SkinBase machine felt much more intensive - there was still the tickly feeling, but also a bit scratchy, and on areas of thinner skin (such as my neck), I did find it a little uncomfortable at times.
As before, particular attention was paid to my more, ahem, congested areas. I was surprised to find that the treatment included my neck - I'd never really considered having it treated the way my face is pampered, but I did find that my neck felt much firmer after the treatment - worth the little bit of pain! Overall, my face felt incredibly firm, and incredibly smooth (again, much like I'd applied a silicone based primer), and not at all red or irritated.
Microdermabrasion facials often show their effects a few days after you've actually had them, and this certainly was true of the SkinBase offering - my skin looked steadily clearer and brighter for a few days afterwards, to the extent that a friend noticed my glowing complexion and asked what skincare I was using! I did find that a couple of tiny spots surfaced after the treatment, presumably as it deep cleansed my face so effectively, but there were no major breakouts.
Incredibly, the treatment took an very speedy forty minutes including a ten minute cooling mask - combined with the lack of redness I experienced, this quick turnaround time makes this the perfect lunch time pick me up, or special occasion prep for the busiest of girls about town. For those with scarring or uneven skin tone, SkinBase recommend a course of treatments a week apart to totally revitalise the skin. I wouldn't hesitate to have another SkinBase microdermabrasion facial, as it refines and maximises the brightness of my already reasonably clear skin.
SkinBase microdermabrasion facials are available at salons nationwide - costs vary, but my facial cost around £40 for a 30 minute treatment and a 10 minute mask. Tried SkinBase, or any other microdermabrasion facial? Let us know in the comments!
Disclosure: Facial provided free of charge for review purposes