As we get older, our skin naturally starts to change - it can become dry, dehydrated or even rough, and we can also start to see signs of ageing such as sun spots, wrinkles and scarring. To get our skin looking young and smooth again, many of us might consider trying popular cosmetic treatments such as Microdermabrasion - but what does it involve and is it safe? If you would prefer DIY and homemade alternatives to Microdermabrasion instead, there are now many natural facial scrubs and exfoliators which can do the job just as well, if not better!
What is Microdermabrasion?
Microdermabrasion is a cosmetic procedure offered by many professional clinics, in which the skin is thoroughly polished with a physical, finely abrasive technique. Designed to remove dry, dead and rough skin cells and the top layer of skin, Microdermabrasion can leave the skin much smoother in tone and texture and more refined in appearance thanks to the buffing action, which can involve special techniques and devices such as diamond or oxide crystals and/or vacuum suction. Microdermabrasion skin treatments can consist of several sessions for best results, and is often provided as a more gentle alternative to other exfoliating treatments such as chemical peels or laser resurfacing. It is generally used to help target skin concerns such as fine lines, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, sun damage and large pores.1 Microdermabrasion is generally recommended for mature skin types but it can be costly and expensive.
Natural microdermabrasion facial scrubs
KORA Organics Turmeric Brightening & Exfoliating Mask
Specially formulated to polish skin with super-fine granules, the KORA Organics Turmeric Brightening & Exfoliating Mask contains Quartz, Arrowroot and Bamboo Powder to help unclog pores and refine the skin's surface, while active AHAs from Papaya Enzymes also work to dissolve dead skin. A 2-in-1 scrub and face mask, it also contains anti-inflammatory Turmeric to help brighten skin and target dark spots and pigmentation. The results of a two-week independent study actually found that 97% of participants saw a visible difference in skin appearing less oily, congested and dull after using this nutrient rich formula, and founder of KORA Organics Miranda Kerr says she actually uses this exfoliant for an instant DIY facial at home! Use 2-3 times weekly, leaving on skin for 5-15 minutes as a mask each use if desired.
Acure Brightening Facial Scrub
A longtime bestseller, the Acure Brilliantly Brightening Facial Scrub contains Walnut Shell Flour, French Green Clay and Lemon Peel Granules to deeply exfoliate skin and lift out dirt and grime from pores. Especially great for removing blackheads, minimising pores and fading dark spots, this smoothing scrub can be used several times a week to keep your skin looking and feeling soft and revitalised. It also features nourishing Rosehip, Calendula and Chamomile to help prevent any dryness and ensure the skin is not stripped of its precious natural oils.
The Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner
A different form of exfoliation to traditional physical facial scrubs, the The Beauty Chef Probiotic Skin Refiner utilises probiotics and natural AHAs created during a bio-fermentation process to help break down old skin cells, accelerate turnover and boost moisture levels. In the form of a liquid, this unique exfoliator can be applied to a cotton wool pad then swiped all over the face after cleansing. What makes this wonder product extra special is that it also acts as a toner, with no need to wash it off after use - simply follow with your usual facial moisturiser. Use daily, morning and night, as part of your regular skin care routine. An AHA exfoliant is a great option for those looking for an effective, more gentle alternative to traditional physical exfoliants found in Microdermabrasion style scrubs.
Pai Skincare Kukui & Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator
A great option for sensitive skin types, the Pai Kukui & Jojoba Bead Skin Brightening Exfoliator uses a combination of nourishing plant oils and 'Micro-Sphere' Jojoba Beads which are perfectly rounded and roll over the skin in gel form to help lift away dead skin and surface impurities. This unique formulation is transformed into a milky liquid with the addition of water, making it a soothing exfoliating treatment for delicate skin. Use weekly as needed.
Andalou Naturals Chia Omega + C Radiant Skin Polish
Thanks to the coarse buffing power of Chia Seeds as well as Walnut Powder and Jojoba Beads, the Andalou Naturals Chia Omega + C Radiant Skin Polish is perfect for micro-polishing the skin for a smoother and more even complexion. Designed to brighten skin, this powerful formula also contains Turmeric, Vitamin C and Fruit Stem Cells to help fade imperfections and encourage a healthy glow. Use 1-2 times a week.
Eco by Sonya SKIN COMPOST Super Acai Exfoliator
A rich and powerful exfoliator, the Eco by Sonya SKIN COMPOST Super Acai Exfoliator contains Acai Powder and Magnesium Salts to help clear congestion and build-up on the skin's surface with its intensive polishing action. This purifying formula is also packed with anti-inflammatory Coconut, Chia and Avocado Oils as well as Shea Butter to help calm and moisturise skin. Massage into skin once or twice a week, leaving on as a face mask for up to 5 minutes afterward if desired.
100% Pure Acai Pulp Facial Scrub
One of my personal favourites, the 100% Pure Acai Pulp Facial Scrub to me is like Microdermabrasion in a tube! This is an ultra-concentrated, potent scrub packed with Grape Seeds and Berry Extracts as well as awakening Coffee Oil to help deeply cleanse pores, buff away dead skin and brighten skin tone. Because of its strength, this vitamin-rich formula should only be used on wet skin - the potency of the exfoliation can be reduced by diluting it with water, and it can also be used as a brightening face mask when left on skin. Use once or twice per week.
Source: 1 HealthDirect.