The answer is no, I wouldn’t recommend either to you. It sounds luxurious but let me explain my reasoning why I’d wouldn’t recommend either process. I will also share some information about spa processes to help you make informed decisions before spending several hundreds of dollars or getting unsatisfactory results. In addition, I think it’s important you understand the risks with some popular procedures that are not often pointed out to us.
A few days before I went back to work after being out of the office a few weeks post surgery, I did some research on the best procedures and facials to get my skin into top shape. I was a little self-conscious due to ongoing swelling in my nose (expected swelling) and I had worn bandages for two weeks. My normal skin care routine was definitely interrupted and I noticed dryness and patchy areas from neglect. After researching different procedures available in my local spas, I opted for ) a 90 minute Jan Marini Facial with dermaplaning. I secretly ventured out on a Saturday morning failing to inform my husband what it would cost. I hope he doesn’t read this post as I could be dead if he does. I really wanted to look and feel like my normal self when I went back to work. Unfortunately, results weren’t nirvana and I thought I’d share what to look out for and where I think things went wrong.
First let’s walk through a quick overview on the most popular procedures people undergo in day spas. First, there is microdermabrasion. This is performed by spraying your face with microcrystals that remove the uppermost skin layer and dead skin cells. The procedure generates the production of collagen and elastin and products an overall healthier look. It’s not uncomfortable and I like microdermabrasion but it can leave my skin a bit red. I was looking for a very gentle procedure so I ruled this out. Also, some food for thought. Microdermabrasion is not regulated. While it’s offered in most day spas, aestheticians do not perform the process under the same conditions or with the same level of knowledge and expertise that a dermatologist has. So, if you are overly cautious, like I am, that’s something to consider. Inexperience can result in some rare complications such as crystals getting in your eyes, skin perforation, and infection. Those side effects are rare but they do happen. If you want to reduce the risk of negative side effects, see your dermatologist if you want to have this procedure done.
*Note: Dermabrasion is not the same process as microdermabrasion. It is more invasive with downtime and cannot be performed by aestheticians. It can only be performed by someone with a medical license.
The next popular procedure I discovered was dermaplaning. What’s that I thought? Dermaplaning is a simple and safe procedure for exfoliating the top most layers of your skin. It also rids the skin of fine vellus hair (peach fuzz). By the way, I did confirm we all have that peach fuzz. I was wondering if I was an exception and growing a beard but thankfully, it’s normal. I was excited at the prospect of it being temporarily removed. Not all professional estheticians can perform dermaplaning. It requires a specific license and if you want to validate qualifications. You can visit www.SkinInc.com for a complete list of state boards. Essentially, dermaplaning is a simple shaving of the epidermis using a fine scalpel at a 45 degree angle while pulling the skin taught. A sort of ultimate exfoliation and a dry shave is how I perceived it. So, I signed up! Last Saturday was my super spa day and 90 minute facial. Afterwards, I felt great with the exception of a moisturizer that sat on top of my skin for hours making me look greasy. I don’t want know what the final product was that applied but I didn’t care for it. It was something in the Jan Marini line.
A few days passed and this process has definitely had a negative effect on me. My skin experienced a minor break out on my cheeks. It wasn’t bad but for me but it was a surprise. In my entire life, I have never had a breakout. The most I will ever see is 1-2 cyclic hormonal pimples (if that). I’ve been lucky when it comes to skin. So, a minor breakout was shocking to me. I’m careful right now to cleanse well, apply a salicylic acid gel (from Murad) and a good moisturizer. That’s it. While I’ve never posted my skin care routine, I actually don’t believe it’s necessary to pile 8-10 different products on your skin in succession because how can your skin breathe? Whatever the case, we all have our routines and while I change and test products, I’ve never applied multiple layers of products that are not washed off. I get concerned about clogging pores, products not playing well together, and preventing fresh oxygen from getting to the surface of my skin. I live in Arizona and it’s dusty and I’m not looking to create a dust trap either where every particle in my home attaches itself to me oooey gooey face. If it leaves me sticky or wet, I don’t like it and I feel like I’m attracting dust!
So, what messed me up? Was it the ten different Jan Marini products that were applied in succession over the course of 90 minutes? Was it the final moisturizer that felt like I had been dunked in an oily cream and sent out into the dusty desert? I don’t know. Perhaps, it was the dermaplaning? I can’t be sure but I suspect it was a combination of the heavy final product and the dermaplaning. However, I believe the dermaplaning was what pushed it over the edge. I think the break out is a form of razor burn. I’m speculating but that’s my theory. One contraindication of dermaplaning is raised lesions and inflamed acne. Hello! Also, that peach fuzz? It will grow back very quickly. While it’s not visible, I feel the short fuzz coming back and I don’t like the sensation of the prickly fuzz. Are you wondering if it may grow back thicker, darker or longer? The answer is definite no. Not one reputable source I could find said that happens and most described it as an old wives tale. If anything, the final Jan Marini product that was applied could have contributed to the breakout but I washed it off when I got home.
In summary, I’d suggest steering clear of the dermaplaning procedure and opting for a simplistic facial rather than an extended specialized facial with an entourage of products that usually don’t produce any noticeable effect beyond a day or two. Most topical products often take weeks to lend results. I did notice increased hydration, but who cares? If I have a break out, all I want is to shrivel everything up to dry it out! How frustrating! Bye bye money! That was a lot of MAC lipsticks, some NARS concealer, a new perfume, and a Dior gloss I likely sacrificed. Lesson learned! Next time, I would opt for a simplistic facial and microdermabrasion performed by a nurse or doctor in a dermatologyy office.
What types of experiences have you had with dermaplaning, facials, or microdermabrasion? Do you have any advice, positive experiences, or horror stories to share? I would love to hear from you!
The only contraindications to dermaplaning include an allergy to nickel, numerous raised lesions on the skin and inflamed acne. – See more at: http://www.skininc.com/treatments/medicalesthetics/129825918.html#sthash.3n3xAYoD.dpuf