As you’ve probably gathered by now (especially if you are one of the very welcome regular readers of my fabfitforty blog) on Monday’s I like to cover off all things beauty and skincare related. Monday is traditionally the beauty industry’s day off so my rationale is that you lovely hard working FFF’s are all on line researching the next and best treatments to offer your lucky clients.
In particular, I have a passion myself for investigating and reporting on anti-ageing tips and tricks. I’m making it one of my missions to trial and test as many products, procedures and potions as I can in my bid to steer you all glamorously and fabulously through your 40’s and beyond!
Unfortunately getting old is a fact of life but being in control of that ageing process is 100% within your personal power. You’re probably reading this blog because you already have a vested interest and vigilance for maintaining your youthful good looks.
The great news is that whilst we can’t exactly reverse or even halt the ageing process for that matter, we can certainly do something to delay and slow down the ravages of time.
Ageing is totally natural, we might gain a few wrinkles here and there, lose some of our facial volume and the plumpness of youth but there’s lots of great things we can still do to put the brakes on the process. Cutting back on alcohol, stopping smoking and staying out of the sun all help of course, but science also has a part to play and I have been trialing a great at home product with fabulous personal results.
I’ve long been a fan of salon based Microdermabrasion treatments so I was keen to discover whether an at home piece of kit could be anywhere near as effective.
For those of you not familiar with the concept, Microdermabrasion is a highly targeted ant-ageing treatment which is non chemical and non-invasive. It’s basically plastic surgery but without the plastic and, come to think of it, without the surgery too!
It typically uses a concentrated spray of microcrystals to remove the outermost layer of dry, dead skin cells and in so doing reveals fresher, younger, healthier and more radiant looking skin.
I call it hoovering my face!! LOL. I’ve been known on several occasions to tell my business partner that I’m just popping out “to get my face hoovered!”
What it’s in fact doing is creating a vacuum suction.
The crystals are safely propelled onto the skin’s surface removing only the top layer of skin. In turn, the epidermal layers of the skin are rejuvenated which encourages fresh collagen production. This means it’s great at treating deeper facial lines, sun damage and also scarring. Anyone who’s been a lover of the old Electric Beach (aka the deadly sun bed – guilty as charged m’Lord) or suffered from acne scarring will definitely benefit from this treatment and notice a very visible and immediate improvement to their skin’s tone and texture.
There’s no pain or discomfort, no down time, it’s safe and effective.
Normally a single salon based treatment will cost anywhere from £50 - £100 with most customers new to Microdermabrasion being recommended a course of 6 to get their skin in tip top condition for on-going regular maintenance. As an added bonus, it can be used on the face, neck, chest and hands too. The hands are a real tell-tale sign of our age – not even Madonna can disguise that.
So, with all of that in mind, I was intrigued and delighted to be asked to trial an at home system promising salon style results at just a fraction of the overall price.
The unit I have been trying out is from Trophy Skin and was gifted to me by my gorgeous and glamorous friend, Penny Lane, of The Perfect Cosmetics Company who is the Distributor of this product in Australia and very successfully runs it on TVSN. They’ve just had a few hectic days of filming with the product owner himself so there are going to be lots of lucky Aussie ladies looking forward to having fabulous skin in time for the Xmas party season.
So first up, I’m a bit of a magpie for packaging!
I like my man and my beauty products to be beautifully packaged and presented and this does NOT disappoint. It’s a seriously good looking piece of kit and was met with a very definite “ooohhhh” of delight when I opened up mine! There is not one woman I know who would not be entirely overjoyed to receive one themselves this year (hint hint!).
The promise is that you will “Discover your best skin” with 95% of women who took part in the original clinical trial in the USA saying they had softer, smoother skin after just 6 weeks.
My own main areas of concern are large pores.
I’m faring pretty well on the wrinkles front and being heavily into the gym I glug gallons of water daily so my skin is pretty well hydrated and still quite plump (also down to genetics. Mummy Bear Beryl has lovely plump skin too so I have her to thanks for that). However, I am prone to the occasional hormonal blemish and I do have larger than average pores and suffered from acne when I was in my teens so I was keen to see what the unit could do to tackle those issues for me.
It could not be easier to use and comes with really easy to follow comprehensive instructions. It’s also fully pre-programmed so there’s no need for you to adjust any of the settings. You are good to immediately GO.
The “auto-mode” has been developed in conjunction with a clinical dermatologist taking the guess work out of the treatment and delivering the optimum level and duration for each targeted part – i.e. eyes, neck, cheeks, forehead etc. The full programme runs for little over 5 minutes so there’s no “but I don’t have time” excuses either. Everybody can find 5 mins a week to discover beautiful skin can’t they?
For those more au-fait with the unit and the process and who have very specific concerns, the unit can of course be completely customized. I focus heavily on my nose and chin, areas where my pores are at their largest. Customisable means adjusting the time and intensity of the suction. So whether you are a total novice or a skin care expert, this could very well be the unit for you.
There’s nothing at all here to be scared about. Not even the price! You're investing in great skin and you'll quickly re-coup that investment in what would typically be just a few visits to the Salon.
Even better still, with regular on-going use of your Microderm MD you can expect to achieve super salon style results including:
Better absorption of your skincare products
Softer, smoother and more even complexion
Overall improvement to the skins radiance and texture
You get everything you need – the unit, diamond tip, extraction tip, infusion tip and also 100 extra wool filters.
NOTE – you are going to go “ewwwww” when you take the tip off and see how much dead skin is on the wool filter. Like seriously disgusting you dirty Gertie’s! But that’s a great sign that the product is really working and that your skin needed some essential maintenance and TLC!
I’m loving it and will make it a regular part of my own maintenance regime. Personally I prefer to use it once or twice a month only as I try so many other products but this gets a great big thumbs up from me. My pores are categorically SHRINKING! Great news.
In the UK it's currently available to purchase from the shopping channel Ideal World and in Australia you can buy it via TVSN and directly from The Perfect Cosmetics Company. Trophy Skin also also has a comprehensive website and range of great other products.